Nathan Bangs, UTIG Senior Research Scientist
Nathan L. B. Bangs
Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., Marine Geophysics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1990
M. Phil., Marine Geophysics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1987
M.A., Marine Geophysics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1986.
B.A., Geology and Physics, Williams College , Williamstown, MA, 1983
Telephone 512-471-0424; FAX 512-471-0348
Nathan is interested in structural development and
tectonic processes along convergent margins. He uses advanced MCS methods to
acquire 3-D images of structure and stratigraphy within subduction zones in
order to examine tectonic activity and deformational styles and to study
fluid migration in accretionary prisms. His expertise also includes the
processing, inversion, and modeling of seismic reflection data. Recently,
Bangs has studied the accretionary complexes of Barbados, Chile, and the Aleutians.
He is currently the U.S.
co-leader of a major U.S.-Japan project to characterize changes in the
physical properties of a portion of the Nankai Trough subduction zone
offshore Japan. The project aims to determine how these changes relate to
earthquake activity. Three-dimensional seismic data collected during summer
1999 will be used to determine at which depths sediments have sufficient
strength to store the large stress energies that could be released in