Dr. Nooner uses a combination of geophysical field techniques and numerical modeling to study deformation of the Earth’s surface, both on land and in the marine environment. Deformation of the Earth’s crust reveals important information about properties of the crust and mantle. Dr. Nooner conducts this research in a variety of locations and setting, such as Bangladesh, where he is using monsoonal flooding, which causes annual fluctuation in the height of the crust, to quantify crustal properties there. He is also a leader in the field of measuring deformation of the seafloor and continues to develop improved instrumentation and techniques. His work has resulted in the first record of an entire eruption cycle of an submarine volcano (Axial Seamount on the Juan de Fuca Ridge). He is currently working in both Africa and on the Juan de Fuca Ridge studying the formation and evolution of mid-ocean ridge systems, from rift initiation on continents to fully developed mid-ocean ridges.

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