Colin Bloom

Studying towards a PhD in Geological Sciences
Coseismic Landslide Interactions with Surface Fault Rupture During the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake

Location: Ernest Rutherford 466
Colin Bloom

Research Interests

Colin grew up at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California and, in 2003, witnessed the power of mass wasting firsthand when post-wildfire debris flows tore out of the steep mountain canyons near his home. Ever since, Colin has been fascinated by all manner of rapid landscape modification from tsunamis to landslides, volcanoes, and earthquakes.  

Colin’s current research uses differential remote sensing imagery and geophysics to assess the role that fault displacement, fault damage zones, and high frequency shaking played in the distribution of landslides during the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake.

Working thesis title

Coseismic Landslide Interactions with Surface Fault Rupture During the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake

Academic History

Master of Science in Geological Sciences, Central Washington University (USA), 2017 - Thesis: Investigations of catastrophic landscape modification from massive landslide tsunamis, an example from Taan Fjord, Alaska

Honors Bachelor of Arts in Geology, Occidental College (USA), 2014 - Thesis: Mapping and Characterization of Corinto Crater Secondaries on Mars

Publications

Bloom, C. K., Macinnes, B., Higman, B., Shugar, D. H., Venditti, J. G., Richmond, B., & Bilderback, E. L. (2020). Catastrophic landscape modification from a massive landslide tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska. Geomorphology, 353, 107029. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.107029

Higman, B., Shugar, D. H., Stark, C. P., Ekström, G., Koppes, M. N., Lynett, P., et al. (2018). The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 12993. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-30475-w

Golombek, M., Kipp, D., Warner, N., Daubar, I. J., Fergason, R., Kirk, R. L., et al. (2017). Selection of the InSight landing site. Space Science Reviews, 211(1–4), 5–95. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-016-0321-9