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., S.J. Brownlee, D.H. Rood, G.B. Fisher, R. Bürgmann, 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, 10.1130/B30803.1.

Fisher, G. B., B. Bookhagen, and C.B. Amos (2013) Channel planform geometry and channel slopes from high-spatial resolution imagery and DEM fusion: Implications for channel width scalings, erosion proxies, and fluvial signatures in tectonically active orogens, Geomorphology, v. 194, p. 46-56, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.04.011.

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.

Fisher, G.B., Amos, C.B., Bookhagen, B., Burbank, D.W., and Godard, V., 2012, Channel widths, landslides, faults, and beyond: The new world order of high spatial resolution Google Earth imagery in the study of earth surface processes, in Whitmeyer, S.J., Bailey, J.E., De Paor, D.G., and Ornduff, T., eds., Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper 492, p. 1–22, doi: 10.1130/2012.2492(01).

C.C. Brossy, K.I. Kelson, C.B. Amos, J.N. Baldwin, B. Kozlowicz, D. Simpson, M.G. Ticci, A.T. Lutz, O. Kozaci, A. Streig, R. Turner, and R. Rose (2012) Map of the late Quaternary active Kern Canyon and Breckenridge faults, Southern Sierra Nevada, California, Geosphere, v. 8, doi:10.1130/GES00663.1.

Amos, C.B., J.J. Lapwood, D.C. Nobes, D.W. Burbank, U. Rieser, and A. Wade (2011) Palaeoseismic Constraints on Holocene Surface Ruptures along the Ostler Fault, Southern New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics v. 54, no. 4, p. 367-378, doi: 10.1080/00288306.2011.601746.

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.

Amos, C.B., and D.W. Burbank (2007) Channel-width response to differential uplift, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 112, F2010, doi:02010.1029/2006JF000672.

Amos, C.B., D.W. Burbank, D.C. Nobes, and S.A.L. Read (2007) Geomorphic constraints on listric thrust faulting: Implications for active deformation in the Mackenzie Basin, South Island, New Zealand, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 112, B03S11, doi:10.1029/2006JB004291.

Recent M.S. Students

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