Mark Quigley

University of MelbourneMark Cameron Quigley


Research Interests

My active research projects are broad and multi-disciplinary, involving collaboration with physicists, chemists, archaeologists, climatologists and geologists. Active research in Mexico combines paleoseismology, field mapping and 10Be cosmogenic nuclide dating to unravel the relationships between continental extension and landscape evolution along the Sierra San Pedro Martir escarpment in northern Baja. Work with Iranian colleagues in the Qazvin Plain, Iran, integrates mapping and OSL dating of alluvial sequences, paleoseismology and archaeology to determine the extent to which Holocene human migration patterns were influenced by climate change and/or large paleo-earthquakes. Work in East Timor is exploring the relationships between subduction zone geodynamics, surface uplift, oceanic circulation and climate change. Continued collaboration in Australia has focused on the relationships between intraplate neotectonism, Quaternary climate change, and the geomorphic evolution of the Australian continent. A new ANSTO-UM research grant will allow us to continue to study patterns of continental erosion across the extreme tectonic and climatic gradients of Australia. In New Zealand, we are focused on the interplay between fault activity and surface processes. Projects on the West Coast and Canterbury involve several post-graduate students at the University of Canterbury.

Recent Publications

  • Bastin SH., Bassett K., Quigley MC., Maurer B., Green RA., Bradley B. and Jacobson D. (2016) Late holocene liquefaction at sites of contemporary liquefaction during the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence, New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 106(3): 881-903.
  • Khajavi N., Langridge RM., Quigley MC., Smart C., Rezanejad A. and Martín-González F. (2016) Late Holocene rupture behavior and earthquake chronology on the Hope fault, New Zealand. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America 128(11-12): 1736-1761.
  • Quigley M., Mackey B., Bradley BA., Hughes M. and Bastin S. (2016) The landscape record of blind fault earthquakes. In.
  • Quigley MC., Hughes MW., Bradley BA., van Ballegooy S., Reid CM., Morgenroth J., Horton TW., Duffy B. and Pettinga JR. (2016) The 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence: Environmental effects, seismic triggering thresholds and geologic legacy. Tectonophysics 672–673: 228-274.
  • Villamor P., Almond P., Tuttle MP., Giona-Bucci M., Langridge RM., Clark K., Ries W., Bastin SH., Eger A. and Vandergoes M. (2016) Liquefaction features produced by the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in southwest Christchurch, New Zealand, and preliminary assessment of Paleoliquefaction features. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 106(4): 1747-1771.