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Nicholas D. Perez
Nicholas D. Perez
Phone:
(979) 458-1271
Email:
ndperez@tamu.edu
Office:
Halbouty 351
Address:

Department of Geology and Geophysics
Texas A&M University
MS 3115
College Station, Texas 77843-3115


Degrees:

2015, Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

2009, B.S., Geological Sciences (Special Honors), University of Texas at Austin

Awards:

2017, Student Success Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching Excellence, TAMU

2011 – 2015, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2015, Best student paper, Jackson School of Geosciences, UT-Austin

2014, Grants-in-Aid, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

2013, Research Grant, Geological Society of America

2012, Research Grant, Geological Society of America

2012, Geoscience Grant, ExxonMobil

Courses:

GEOL 156, History of the Earth

GEOL 250/309, Field Methods

GEOL 106, Earth History

GEOL 300, Field Geology (field camp)

GEOP 628, Basin Architecture

GEOL 311, Geologic Writing

Faculty Mentor: TAMU IBA Team (2016); TAMU team at EAGE FIELD challenge


Nicholas D. Perez

Assistant Professor
Tectonics, basin dynamics, fold-thrust belts, continental rifts

Research Interests

I investigate tectonic problems by integrating field- and lab-based techniques including basin analysis (sedimentology/stratigraphy, sediment provenance, chronostratigraphy, subsidence, peak thermal conditions), structural geology, and thermochronology. I work in convergent and extensional settings, including the central Andes in Peru, the Cascade Range in Oregon, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and the Ancestral Rocky Mountains in the western US. In all of these locations, I investigate the potential interactions between deformation, deposition, and erosion to understand linkages across surface and interior earth processes.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:

5) Garzione, C. N., McQuarrie, N., Perez, N. D., Ehlers, T. A., Beck, S. L., Kar, N., Eichelberger, N., Chapman, A. D., Ward, K. M., Ducea, M. N., Lease, R. O., Poulsen, C. J., Wagner, L. S., Horton, B. K., Saylor, J. E., and Zandt, G., 2017, The Tectonic Evolution of the Central Andean Plateau and Geodynamic Implications for the Growth of Plateaus, Annual Reviews in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 45:1, doi.org/10.1146/annurev-earth-063016-020612.

4) Perez, N. D., Horton, B. K., McQuarrie, N., Stübner, K., and Ehlers, T. A., 2016, Andean shortening, inversion and exhumation associated with thin- and thick-skinned deformation in southern Peru, Geological Magazine, 153, p. 1013-1041, doi:10.1017/S0016756816000121.

3) Perez, N. D., Horton, B. K., and Carlotto, V., 2016, Structural inheritance and selective reactivation in the northern Altiplano: Andean deformation guided by Triassic extensional structures, Tectonophysics, v. 671, p. 264-280, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2015.12.031.

2) Horton, B.K., Perez, N.D., Fitch, J.D., and Saylor, J.E., 2015, Punctuated shortening and subsidence in the Altiplano plateau of southern Peru: Implications for early Andean mountain building: Lithosphere, v. 7, p. 117–137, doi:10.1130/L397.1.

1) Perez, N.D., and Horton, B.K., 2014, Oligocene-Miocene deformational and depositional history of the Andean hinterland basin in the northern Altiplano plateau, southern Peru: Tectonics, v. 33, p. 1819-1847, doi:10.1002/2014TC003647

 

Conference Presentations:

** - Undergraduate

* - Graduate

§ - Invited

20) *Findlay, C. P., Ewing, R. C., and Perez, N. D., 2017, Assessing the role of detrital zircon sorting on provenance interpretations in an ancient fluvial system using paleohydraulics – Permian Cutler Group, Paradox Basin, Utah and Colorado, EP33A-1922, presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

19) **Giles, S. M., *Pesek, M. E., and Perez, N. D., 2017, Analysis of the Exhumation Pathways Experienced in the Cascades Range, T13A-0491, presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

18) Saylor, J. E., Sundell, K. E., Perez, N. D., Karsky, N., Lapen, T. J., and Cardenas, J., 2017, Eocene unification of Peruvian and Bolivian Altiplano basin depocenters, T23D-0631, presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

17) McQuarrie, N. Garzione, C. N., Perez, N. D., Ehlers, T. A., Beck, S. L., Kar, N., Eichelberger, N., Chapman, A. D., Ward, K. M., Ducea, M. N., Lease, R. O., Poulsen, C. J., Wagner, L. S., Saylor, J. E., Zandt, G, and Horton, B. K., 2017, The Tectonic Evolution of the Central Andean Plateau and Geodynamics implications for the growth of plateaus, T31E-07, presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

16) § Perez, N. D., 2017, Multiphase pre-Andean deformation guides Cenozoic mountain building in the central Andes, southern Peru, Geological Society of America annual meeting, T218.

15) § Garzione, C. N., McQuarrie, N., Perez, N. D., Ehlers, T. A., Beck, S. L., Kar, N., Eichelberger, N., Chapman, A. D., Ward, K. M., Ducea, M. N., Lease, R. O., Poulsen, C. J., Wagner, L. S., Saylor, J. E., Zandt, G, and Horton, B. K., 2017, The Tectonic Evolution of the Central Andean Plateau and Geodynamic Implications for the Growth of Plateaus, Geological Society of America annual meeting.

14) Perez, N. D., *Pesek, M. E., and Meigs, A. J., 2017, Does erosional exhumation explain Late Cenozoic rock uplift of the Western Cascades, OR? Preliminary Results, FACET II workshop, Oregon State University.

13) *Gao, Z., and Perez, N. D., 2017, Temporal evolution of the sediment sources into the Delaware Basin, west Texas: Geological Society of America Abstract T15-2

12) Perez, N. D., Teixell, A., and Gomez, D., 2016, Early Mesozoic rift basin architecture and sediment routing system in the Moroccan High Atlas, American Geophysical Union.

11) *Gao, Z., and Perez, N. D., 2016, The provenance history of Delaware Basin, west Texas: The Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research & The Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, Industry Review of the Comprehensive & Integrated Research to Develop Predictive Models for Shale Oil & Gas Reservoirs in Texas 1.01.16a

10) *Manos, T. A., and Perez, N. D., 2016, Spatial variability in sediment provenance in the Delaware Basin: Testing the role of reservoir composition on hydrocarbon production trends, Berg-Hughes Center Research Symposium, TAMU.

9) **Pesek, M. E. and Perez, N. D., 2016, Sandstone petrography of the Triassic Mitu Group: implications for pre-Andean extensional basins, southern Peru, TAMU Student Research Week poster.

8) Perez, N. D., Horton, B. K., McQuarrie, N., Stübner, K., and Ehlers, T.A., 2015, Shortening record in the central Andean plateau of southern Peru: Basement inversion, thin-skinned thrusting, and geomorphic response: American Geophysical Union, Paper T23A-2919.

7) Holmes, C., Perez, N. D., Payne, B., and Shapiro, S., 2015, Pre-stack seismic interpretation workflows for enhanced reservoir understanding: A comparison of Next Gen integrated interpretation platform functionality, Chevron Corporation RM Forum.

6) Perez, N. D., and Horton, B. K., 2014, Punctuated upper-crustal shortening, exhumation, and basin subsidence during flat-slab subduction in southern Peru, American Geophysical Union, T23A-4630.

5) Perez, N. D. and Horton, B. K., 2014, Stratigraphic signatures of crustal shortening and central Andean geodynamics in the Altiplano plateau, southern Peru: European Geophysical Union Research Abstracts v. 16, EGU2014-10047-1.

4) Perez, N. D., Horton, B. K., McQuarrie, N., Ehlers, T., 2013, Andean inversion of a Permo-Triassic rift system in southern Peru: Implications for Cenozoic shortening, flexure and deformation advance: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, (7), p.677.

3) Perez, N. D., and Horton, B. K., 2012, Cenozoic crustal shortening and thickening contributions to Andean orogenesis: Preliminary results from structural mapping in the southern Peruvian Andes: American Geophysical Union, T24C-02.

2) Perez, N. D., and Horton, B. K., 2011, Initial shortening in the northern Altiplano: Stratigraphic, structural and geochronological constraints from the Ayaviri basin, Peru: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43 (5), p. 441.

1) Horton, B. K., Perez, N. D., and Saylor, J. E., 2011, Timing of deformation and subsidence in the northern Altiplano, Peru: Insights from detrital zircon geochronology of the Ayaviri hinterland basin: Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 93 (52), Paper T23H-03.

 

Invited Presentations:

2018                             Austin Geological Society

2017                             GSA Annual meeting, invited oral presentation

2016                             University of Houston, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences;

                                      San Antonio Petroleum Club

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