Colin Amos

Assistant Professor

Member of the WWU Geology faculty since 2012


Ph.D. – UC Santa Barbara (2007)
B.Sc. – UC Davis (2002)

Areas of Expertise

Tectonic Geomorphology / Structural Geology

Courses Taught

  • General Geology
  • Structural Geology
  • Tectonic Geomorphology
  • Active Tectonics Seminar
  • Earthquake Geology

Selected Publications

Amos, C.B., P. Audet, W.C. Hammond, R.Burgmann, I.A. Johanson, and G. Blewitt (2014) Uplift and seismicity driven by groundwater depletion in central California, Nature, doi: 10.1038/nature13275.

Amos, C.B., S.J. Brownlee, D.H. Rood, G.B. Fisher, R. B├╝rgmann, P.R. Renne, and A.S. Jayko (2013) Chronology of Quaternary tectonic, geomorphic, and volcanic interactions and the tempo of fault slip near Little Lake, southeastern California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B30803.1.

Amos, C.B., A.T. Lutz, A.S. Jayko, S. Mahan, G.B. Fisher, and J.R. Unruh (2013) Refining the southern extent of the 1872 Owens Valley Earthquake rupture: Paleoseismic investigations in the Haiwee Area, California, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 103, 2A, p. 1022-1037, doi: 10.1785/0120120024.

Amos, C.B., K.I. Kelson, D.H. Rood, D.T. Simpson, and R.S. Rose (2010) Late Quaternary Slip Rate on the Kern Canyon Fault at Soda Spring, Tulare County, California, Lithosphere, v. 2, no. 6, p. 411-417, doi: 10.1130/L100.1.

Amos, C.B., D.W. Burbank, and S.A.L. Read (2010) Along-strike growth of the Ostler fault, New Zealand, and consequences for drainage deflection above a non-propagating thrust, Tectonics, 112, doi:10.1029/2009TC002613.

Recent M.S. Students

Elizabeth Haddon: Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Fault Slip in Owens Valley, CA

Adrian Bender: Differential uplift and incision of the Yakima River terraces

Jaime Delano: Testing the influence of megathrust earthquakes on long-term incision of the southern Olympic Mountains