Chad C. Trexler

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology


Ph.D., University of California, Davis

B.A., Whitman College


Chad is a field-based structural geologist who is particularly understanding the active tectonic deformation of landscapes. His research uses tools from structural geology, tectonics, and geomorphology to investigate active mountain belts and their evolution over time. He is particularly interested in investigations that bridge the space and time between tectonic processes (i.e., millions of years) and the earthquake cycle (i.e., seconds to decades). He teaches introductory geology, structural geology, tectonics, and field methods courses.

Before arriving at OWU, Chad studied geology as an undergraduate at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where he was a varsity swimmer and active member of the outdoor program. After graduating from Whitman, he spent several seasons working with the Student Conservation Association and the National Park Service, and worked as a ranger at Canyonlands and Mt. Rainier National Parks. His graduate work at UC Davis took him to the Republic of Georgia, where his research focused on earthquake hazards and the active evolution the Greater Caucasus Mountains. He was also involved in the scientific response to the 2014 South Napa earthquake in northern California.

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