Texas Tech University

Structural Geology and Tectonics


The structure and tectonics program is a diverse, vibrant, and collaborative association of faculty, researchers, and students who explore questions relating to the nature of magma migration and emplacement in the lithosphere, geomorphic signals of recent uplift in active mountain ranges, and the application of kinematic and dynamic analysis to geologic structures on Earth and in the solar system.

We provide a multi-disciplinary approach to structural analysis and collaborate with petrologists, geochemists, and geomorphologists within the department as well as colleagues at other institutions around the world. Ongoing research includes

  • Arcs and Collisional Systems
  • Mid-Ocean Ridge Systems
  • Ophiolites
  • Landscape Response to Tectonics and Climate
  • Kinematic Analysis of Icy Satellites


Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu, structural/tectonic evolution of terrestrial lithosphere and icy satellites.

Faculty Collaborators

Dr. Callum Hetherington, mineralogy, geochemistry, and micro-analytical study of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Dr. David Leverington, volcanic and hydrologic landforms on the Moon, Venus, and Mars.

Research Facilities

Contact individual faculty.

Courses in Structural Geology and Tectonics

  • GEOL 3402 Structural Geology
  • GEOL 4334 Structural Analysis of Hydrocarbon Basins
  • GEOL 4361 Advanced Structural Geology
  • GEOL 4362 Tectonics
  • GEOL 5361 Advanced Structural Geology
  • GEOL 5362 Tectonics