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California State University, Long Beach
Geological Sciences

Nate Onderdonk

Nate Onderdonk

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Geology, UC Santa Barbara, 2003
M.S., Geology, UC Santa Barbara, 1998
B.S., Physics, Principia College, 1996
Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics of Geological Processes, Oslo, Norway, 2003-2005

Department of Geological Sciences
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-3902

Phone (562) 985-2654
Room: HSCI-308

Research Interests:
Tectonics, Geomorphology

Most of my research is concerned with the tectonic and topographic evolution of California or the Arctic. I commonly use structural mapping, paleomagnetic techniques, geomorphic analysis, and more recently, LIDAR imagery to investigate tectonic and geomorphic questions. Recent topics that I have been working on include:

  1. Neotectonics of the northern San Jacinto Fault Zone
  2. Uplift of the San Jacinto Mountains  (no link yet)
  3. Rotation of crustal blocks in Southern California and implications for crustal dynamics
  4. Tectonic evolution of the Santa Maria Basin, southern California
  5. Mud Volcanoes in the Salton Trough