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Mousumi Roy 

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997


Room 1146, PandA
Mailing address:
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-2580 
mroy at unm.edu

Prospective students: Below you will find a list of current and their projects. I am always looking for motivated graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in numerical modeling applied to geophysics.  Send me an email or stop by my office for details.



Research Interests:


Current Projects (and funding source):


Past Projects:

·       Collaborative Research: Integrated study of exhumation and erosion using low-temperature thermochronology and geodynamic models of the Colorado Plateau (NSF Tectonics)


My group currently includes: 

   Undergraduate students: S. Schmidt (UNM EPS)

   Graduate students: Nicolas George (UNM EPS)


Previous group members: 

Postdocs: Dr. Joya Tetreault (now at NGU in Norway)

Graduate students: Jon MacCarthy (MS; now at NMTech); K. Sanders, C. Callahan

Undergrad senior theses: C. Peterson, N. Natek, D. Hayes

Other: Mark Fleharty (UNM Computer Science) - linux system administration and scientific programming


Recent Publications:

   *Tetreault, JT, et al., Geodynamic models of seismic anisotropy below strike-slip plate boundaries: applications to the San Andreas Fault, in review, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, in prep., 2010.

   Roy, M., T.H. Jordan, and J. Pederson, Cenozoic magmatism and rock uplift of the Colorado Plateau by warming of chemically buoyant lithosphere, Nature 459, doi:10.1038/nature08052, 2009 (PDF reprint)

   Roy, M., *Callahan, C.N., and K. Condie, Exploring the relative contributions of temperature and composition on seismic velocity distribution in the lithospheric mantle beneath the Colorado Plateau (in revision, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems)

   Pazzaglia, F., Selverstone, J., Roy, M., and 4 others, Geomorphic expression of midcrustal extension in convergent orogens, Tectonics, 26, doi: 10.1029/2006TC001961, 2007 (PDF reprint)

   Roy, M., MacCarthy, J.K., and J. Selverstone, Upper mantle structure beneath the eastern Colorado Plateau and Rio Grande rift revealed by Bouguer gravity, seismic velocities, and xenolith data, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, v. 6, 2005. (PDF reprint)

   Magnani, M.B., Pazzaglia, F.J.P., Levander, A., Roy, M., and Wisniewski, P.A., Seismic and geomorphic evidence for rejuvenation of topography in the Southern Rocky Mountains, submitted, 2005.

   McCoy, A., Roy, M., L. Trevino and R. Keller, Gravity models of the Colorado Mineral Belt, in The Rocky Mountain Region - An Evolving Lithosphere: Tectonics, Geochemistry, and Geophysics: American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph 154 (eds. Karlstrom, K.E. and Keller, G.R.), 2005, PDF available here

   Peterson, C. and M. Roy, A comparative study of the basins of the Rio Grande Rift based on gravity and flexure models, submitted to the New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 56th Field Conference, 2005. (PDF reprint)

   Roy, M., S. Kelley, F. Pazzaglia, S. Cather, and M. House, Mid-Tertiary magmatism and its relation to rock cooling, exhumation, and extension at the eastern margin of the Colorado Plateau, Geology, v.32, no.10, p.925-928, 2004.  (PDF available here)

   M. House, S. Kelley, and M. Roy, Uplift and exhumation along the Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico: Implications of apatite fission-track and (U-Th)/He cooling ages; Tectonics, 22, doi:10.1029/2002TC001418, 2003. (PDF available here)

   Roy, M. and L. H. Royden, Crustal rheology and faulting at strike-slip plate boundaries (1): An analytic model, JGR, 105, 5583-5597, 2000.  PDF available here

   Roy, M. and L. H. Royden, Crustal rheology and faulting at strike-slip plate boundaries (2): Effects of lower crustal flow, JGR, 105, 5599-5613, 2000. PDF available here  

   Roy, M., Karlstrom, K, Kelley, S., Pazzaglia, F, and S. Cather, Topographic setting of the Rio Grande rift, New Mexico: Assessing the role of flexural "rift-flank uplift", NMGS Guidebook, 1999. (Read Abstract)

   Karlstrom, K, Cather, S, Kelley, S., Heizler, M, Pazzaglia, F., and M. Roy, Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Rift: Ancestry of structures (Proterozoic to Laramide) and History of Deformation, submitted, NMGS Guidebook, 1999. (Read Abstract)

   Roy, M., Evolution of fault systems at a strike-slip plate boundary: A visco-elastic model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, p.2881-2884, 1998.  PDF available here

   Roy, M. and C. Marone, Earthquake nucleation on model faults with rate- and state-dependent friction: Effects of inertia, J. Geophys. Res., 101, 13,919-13,932, 1996. PDF available here

   Roy, M., L. H. Royden, B. C. Burchfiel, Tz. Tzankov, and R. Nakov, Flexural uplift of the Stara Planina range, Central Bulgaria , Basin Reseach, 8, 143-156, 1996. (Read Abstract)



Current classes (on sabbatical, AY 2010-2011)


Classes taught:

   EPS 533 - Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

   EPS 523 - Evolution and Dynamics of Continental

   EPS 523 - Rheology of Continental Crust

   EPS 522 - Geodynamics

   EPS 548 - Strength and Dynamics of Lithosphere

   EPS 427/527 & PY 327 Introduction to Solid Earth Geophysics 

   EPS 101 - Introduction to Physical Geology

   ENVSCI 101-The Blue Planet

   EPS 110 - Earthquakes




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