Lawrence A. Lawver, UTIG Senior Research Scientist
Lawrence A. Lawver
Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., University of California at San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1976);
B.S., Stanford (1970)
email: lawver at ig.utexas.edu
Marine geophysics, plate tectonics, magnetics, gravity, heat flow, and seismic studies.
Lawrence currently focuses his research on paleogeographic
reconstructions of Gondwana, the Polar Regions, East Asia,
and the Western Pacific, the development of paleo-seaways and their impact on climate,
and the aerogeophysics of the Arctic region. He is particularly interested in two of
the remaining problems in the study of plate tectonics: understanding the timing and
process of the opening of the Canada Basin of the Arctic region, and the impact of
plate tectonics on long-term climate change. Lawver uses marine magnetic anomaly, heat
flow, and aerogeophysical data, as well as computer graphics, to aid in understanding
the break-up and evolution of the Polar Regions. He has acquired heat flow, marine
magnetic, and seismic data during cruises
to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Recent work
with his colleague Marta Ghidella of the Instituto Antartico Argentino has led to a
new understanding of the early break-up history of the Weddell Sea region of Antarctica.
As one of the principal investigators of UTIG's PLATES
project, Lawver uses the PLATES global databases as an investigative tool in carrying
out his research.
Check out "Antarctica: Keystone of Gondwana" PowerpointTM animation!