Caroline Seyler

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Caroline Seyler


Structural Geology, Experimental Rock Deformation, & Microstructures


  • Ph.D. Earth Sciences, McGill University, 2021
  • B.S. Geological Sciences, Brown University, 2015
    • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2022-2023
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas at Austin, 2021-2022
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    My research investigates the rheology of fault and shear zones using a combination of field, experimental, and microanalytical methods to determine how deformation at the grain scale influences the strength of the lithosphere, controls large-scale tectonics, and the earthquake cycle.

  • Journal Article

    • Seyler, C. E., Shreedharan, S., Saffer, D. M., Marone, C. (2023). The role of clay in limiting frictional healing in fault gouges. Geophysical Research Letters. Vol. 50 (20), pp. e2023GL104984.
    • Seyler, C. E., Kirkpatrick, J. D., Faber, C., Licht, A., Šilerová, D., Regalla, C. Structural and metamorphic history of the Leech River Shear Zone, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Tectonicsno. 11(2022): e2021TC007132.
    • Seyler, C. E., Kirkpatrick, J. D., Savage, H. M., Hirose, T., Faulkner, D. R. Rupture to the trench? Frictional properties and fracture energy of incoming sediments at the Cascadia subduction zone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters(2020): 116413.
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