John Oldow, PhD

Research Associate

Educational & Professional Experience:

BS Geology, University of Washington 1972

Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Northwestern University 1978

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University 1976-1978

Assistant Professor to Professor, Rice University 1978-1995

Professor and Department Head (six years), University of Idaho 1995-2008

Professor and Department Head (six years), University of Texas at Dallas 2008-2018

Recent Publications:

Oldow, J. S., and Cland, B., 2019, Late Cenozoic high-angle transtensional and low-angle detachment faults in the eastern Mina deflection, west-central Nevada: Geological Society of Nevada Special Publication 65, p. 47-86.

Katopody, D.T., and Oldow, J.S., 2019, Polyphase brittle and ductile deformation of Late Jurassic ophiolitic basalt-argillite matrix mélange and stratigraphic overlap sequence, northwestern Washington State: Gondwana Research, v. 74, p. 189-215, doi: 10.1016/

McClelland, W.C., Strauss, J.V., Colpron, M., Gillotti, J.A., Faehnrich, K., Malone, S.J., Gehrels, G.E., Macdonald, F.A., and Oldow, J.S., 2021, ‘Taters versus sliders:  Evidence for a long-lived history of strike-slip  displacement along the Canadian Arctic transform system (CATS):  GSA Today, v. 31,

Research Interests

Current research interests are centered on regional tectonics and processes related to active margins.  Work includes projects in the Aleutian Volcanic Arc, Arctic Alaska, northwestern Canada, the northern Puget lowland and central Cascades of the Pacific Northwest, the western Great Basin, and the circurn-Tyrrhenian region of the central Mediterranean.  Primary emphasis is placed on deciphering the three-dimensional geometry and kinematics of transpressional and transtensional deformational belts. 

Selected Awards & Honors:

Charlie Ney Lectureship (1985-1986) Geological Association of Canada

Fellow of the Geological Society of America (1992)

University of Idaho Faculty Award, 2003 Research Excellence