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Craig Nicholson

Marine Science Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara
Research Geophysicist

Expertise: Southern California seismicity; 3D geometry of active faults; high-resolution tomography; crustal Imaging w/seismic reflection data; subsurface structure and seismic stratigraphy of Ventura basin, Santa Barbara Channel, and offshore Continental Borderland; tectonic models for Pacific-North American plate boundary evolution; induced seismicity
 
 
About Me Publications
Lozos, J. C., Nicholson, C., & Onderdonk, N. W. (2017, 08). Introducing the Cajon Pass Earthquake Gate Area. Oral Presentation at 2017 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 7865
Nicholson, C., Plesch, A., & Shaw, J. H. (2017, 08). Community Fault Model Version 5.2: Updating & expanding the CFM 3D fault set and its associated fault database. Poster Presentation at 2017 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 7735
Sorlien, C. C., Nicholson, C., Behl, R. J., & Kamerling, M. J. (2016, 08). Displacement direction and 3D geometry for the south-directed North Channel – Pitas Point fault system and north-directed ramps, decollements, and other faults beneath Santa Barbara Channel. . Poster Presentation at 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6839
Plesch, A., Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C. C., Shaw, J. H., & Hauksson, E. (2016, 09). CFM Version 5.1: New and revised 3D fault representations and an improved database.. Poster Presentation at 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6768
Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C. C., & Hopps, T. E. (2016, 08). Anomalous Uplift at Pitas Point: Implications from Onshore & Offshore 3D Fault & Fold Geometry and Observed Fault Slip. Poster Presentation at 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6741
Nicholson, C., Plesch, A., Sorlien, C. C., Shaw, J. H., & Hauksson, E. (2015, 05). The SCEC Community Fault Model Version 5.0: An updated and expanded 3D fault set for southern California. Poster Presentation at 2015 Pacific Section AAPG Joint Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6205
Plesch, A., Shaw, J. H., Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C. C., & ., S. (2015). Evaluation of the Statewide Community Fault Model (SCFM) Version 3.0 and Continued Updates to the SCEC CFM 5.0. Poster Presentation at 2015 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6051
Sorlien, C. C., Bennett, J. T., Cormier, M., Campbell, B. A., Nicholson, C., & Bauer, R. L. (2015). Late Miocene–Quaternary fault evolution and interaction in the southern California Inner Continental Borderland. Geosphere, 11(4), 1111-1132. doi: 10.1130/GES01118.1. SCEC Contribution 2082
Shaw, J. H., Plesch, A., Tape, C., Suess, M., Jordan, T. H., Ely, G., Hauksson, E., Tromp, J., Tanimoto, T., Graves, R., Olsen, K., Nicholson, C., Maechling, P. J., Rivero, C., Lovely, P., Brankman, C. M., & Munster, J. (2015). Unified Structural Representation of the southern California crust and upper mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 415, 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.01.016. SCEC Contribution 2068
Shaw, J. H., Plesch, A., Tape, C. H., Suess, M., Jordan, T. H., Ely, G. P., Hauksson, E., Tromp, J., Tanimoto, T., Graves, R. W., Olsen, K. B., Nicholson, C., Maechling, P. J., Rivero, C., Lovely, P., Brankman, C., & Munster, J. (2015). Unified Structural Representation of the southern California crust and upper mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 415, 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.01.016. SCEC Contribution 2004
Sorlien, C. C., Nicholson, C., Behl, R. J., Marshall, C. J., & Kennett, J. P. (2014). The Quaternary North Channel-Pitas Point Fault System in Northwest Santa Barbara Channel, California. Eos (Transactions of AGU), 95(52), T34A-07. SCEC Contribution 2081
Nicholson, C., Plesch, A., Sorlien, C. C., Shaw, J. H., & Hauksson, E. (2014). The SCEC 3D Community Fault Model (CFM Version 5.0): An updated and expanded fault set of oblique crustal deformation and complex fault interaction for southern California. Eos (Transactions of AGU), 95(52), T31B-4585. SCEC Contribution 2080
Nicholson, C., Plesch, A., Sorlien, C. C., Shaw, J. H., & Hauksson, E. (2013, 9). Updating the 3D fault set for the SCEC Community Fault Model (CFM-v4) and revising its associated fault database. Poster Presentation at SCEC Annual Meeting 2013. SCEC Contribution 2053
Nicholson, C., Hauksson, E., & Plesch, A. (2012). Active Fault Geometry and Crustal Deformation Along the San Andreas Fault System Through San Gorgonio Pass, California: The View in 3D From Seismicity. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 93(52), T22C-03. SCEC Contribution 1737
Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C. C., & Schindler, C. S. (2011). Large vertical motions and basin evolution in the Outer Continental Borderland off Southern California associated with plate boundary development and continental rifting. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 92(52), T31F-04. SCEC Contribution 1738
Legg, M. R., Nicholson, C., & Sorlien, C. C. (2010). Miocene oblique rifting of the San Diego Trough Region, California Continental Borderland. Oral Presentation at 106th Annual Meeting American Association of Petroleum Geologists. SCEC Contribution 1740
Nicholson, C., Hauksson, E., & Plesch, A. (2010). Revised 3D Fault Models for the Southern San Andreas Fault System Extending from San Gorgonio Pass to the Salton Sea. Oral Presentation at 106th Annual Meeting American Association of Petroleum Geologists. SCEC Contribution 1739
Fisher, M., Langenheim, V. E., Nicholson, C., Ryan, H., & Sliter, R. W. (2009). Recent developments in understanding the tectonic evolution of the Southern California offshore area: Implications for earthquake-hazard analysis,. , : Geological Society of America. doi: 10.1130/2009.2454(4.2). SCEC Contribution 1572
Nicholson, C., Kamerling, M. J., Sorlien, C. C., Hopps, T. E., & Gratier, J. (2007). Subsidence, Compaction and Gravity-Sliding: Implications for 3D Geometry, Dynamic Rupture and Seismic Hazard of Active Basin-Bounding Faults in Southern California. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 97(5), 1607-1620. doi: 10.1785/0120060236. SCEC Contribution 1046
Legg, M. R., Nicholson, C., Goldfinger, C., Milstein, R., & Kamerling, M. J. (2004). Large enigmatic crater structures offshore southern California. Geophysical Journal International, 159(2), 803-815. SCEC Contribution 1582
Nicholson, C. (1998, 07). Reliability of 2D kinematic fold models to infer deep fault structure in the western Transverse Ranges, California. Poster Presentation at NEHRP Conference and Workshop on Research on the Northridge, California Earthquake of January 17, 1994. SCEC Contribution 1581
Nicholson, C. (1996). Seismic behavior of the San Andreas fault in the Northern Coachella Valley, California: Comparison of the 1948 and 1986 earthquake sequences. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 86(5), 1331-1349. SCEC Contribution 1580
Steidl, J. H., Martin, A., Tumarkin, A. G., Lindley, G. T., Nicholson, C., Archuleta, R. J., Vernon, F. L., Edelman, A., Tolstoy, M., Chin, J., Li, Y., Robertson Haver, M., Teng, T., Scott, J. B., Johnson, D., & Magistrale, H. (1994). SCEC Portable Deployment Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Seismological Research Letters: Northridge Supplement, 65(3-4), 243. SCEC Contribution 159
Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C. C., Wysession, M., Crowell, J., & Luyendyk, B. (1994). Microplate capture, rotation of the western Transverse Ranges, and initiation of the San Andreas transform as a low-angle fault system,. Geology, 22, 491-495. SCEC Contribution 1579
Lees, J., & Nicholson, C. (1993). Three-dimensional Tomography of the 1992 Southern California sequence: Constraints on Dynamic Earthquake Rupture?. Geology, 21(5), 387-390. doi: 10.1130/0091-7613(1993)021<0387:TDTOTS>2.3.CO;2. SCEC Contribution 34
Nicholson, C. (1992). Triggered earthquakes and deep well activities. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 139, 561-578. SCEC Contribution 1578
Nicholson, C. (1992). Earthquakes associated with deep well injection—comments and case histories. Presentation at 33rd U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics. SCEC Contribution 1577
Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C. C., & Luyendyk, B. (1992). Deep crustal structure and tectonics in the offshore Southern Santa Maria Basin, California. Geology, 20, 239-242. SCEC Contribution 1576
Hull, A. G., & Nicholson, C. (1992). Seismotectonics of the Northern Elsinore fault zone, southern California. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 82, 800-818. SCEC Contribution 1575
Nicholson, C. (1992). Travel-time tomography in the northern Coachella Valley using aftershocks of the 1986 ML 5.9 North Palm Springs earthquake. Geophysical Research Letters, 19, 1-4. doi: 10.1029/91GL03037. SCEC Contribution 1574

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