Jamie Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor
Jamie Kirkpatrick
Contact Information
Email address: 
james.kirkpatrick [at] mcgill.ca

PhD: University of Glasgow (2008)

MGeol: University of Leeds (2003)

Areas of expertise: 

Structural geology, Fault mechanics, Faults and fluid flow, Shear zones, Microstructures


EPSC303 Structural Geology

EPSC350 Tectonics

EPSC503 Advanced Structural Geology

Selected publications: 

Please feel free to contact me to obtain pdf versions of any of the papers below. See also my research website for additional pdf links.

Kirkpatrick, J. D., Fagereng, Å., and Shelly, D. R. (2021), ‘Geological constraints on the mechanisms of slow earthquakes’, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 2, 285–301,

Seyler, C. E., Kirkpatrick, J. D., Savage, H. M., Hirose, T., and Faulkner, D. R. (2020), ‘Rupture to the trench? Frictional properties and fracture energy of incoming sediments at the Cascadia subduction zone’, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 546, 116413, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116413.

Kirkpatrick, J. D., Edwards, J. H., Verdecchia, A., Kluesner, J. W., Harrington, R. M., Silver, E. A. (2020), 'Subduction megathrust heterogeneity characterized from 3-D seismic data', Nature Geoscience, doi.org/10.1038/s41561-020-0562-9.

Rabinowitz, H. S., Savage, H. M., Polissar, P. J., Rowe, C. D., and Kirkpatrick, J. D. (2020), 'Earthquake slip surfaces identified by biomarker thermal maturity within the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake fault zone', Nature Communications, 11:553, doi:10.1038/s41467-020-14447-1.

Dascher-Cousineau, K., Kirkpatrick, J. D., and Cooke, M. (2018), ‘Smoothing of Fault Slip Surfaces by Scale-Invariant Wear’, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 123, doi:10.1029/2018JB015638.

Kirkpatrick, J. D., Shervais, K. A. H., and Ronayne, M. J. (2018), 'Spatial variation in the slip zone thickness of a seismogenic fault', Geophysical Research Letters, 45(18), 7542-7550, doi: 10.1029/2018GL078767.

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