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Tony Lowry

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Geophysics and Geodynamics


Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: Geology 106
DialPhone: 435.797.7096

Educational Background

PhD, Geophysics, University of Utah, 1994
Flexural Strength and Stress in the Cordillera, Western United States
MS, Geophysics, University of Wyoming, 1988
Numerical Modeling Approach Employing Singularity Removal Applied to the Evaluation of the Bristow Interpretive Technique for the Detection of Cavities
BS, Geophysics, University of Wyoming, 1986

Teaching Interests

• Applied Geophysics • Geodynamics • Seismology • Inverse Theory •Signal Analysis • Geodesy and Crustal Deformation

Research Interests

• Measurement and modeling of deformation of planetary surfaces • Flow rheology of the Earth •Fault frictional rheology • Earthquake and volcanic processes • Mass and heat transfer within the lithosphere


2011 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, 2012

AGU Journals (Geophysical Research Letters)

Wilford Gardner Travel Award, 2012

USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Outstanding Ph.D. Student, 1994

University of Utah

Outstanding Undergraduate Student, 1986

University of Wyoming

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Wannamaker, P.E, Bartley, J.M, Sheehan, A.F, Jones, C.M, Lowry, A., Dumitru, T.A, Ehlers, T.A, Holbrook, W.S, Farmer, G.L, Unsworth, M.J, Okaya, D.A, John, B.E, Wolfe, J.A, (2001). The Great Basin-Colorado Plateau transition in central Utah: An interface between active extension and stable interior: The Geological Transition: Colorado Plateau to Basin and Range. UGA/AAPG Guidebook

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Schutt, D.L, Lowry, A., Buehler, J.S, (2018). Moho temperature and mobility of lower crust in the western United States. Geology, 46:3, 219-222. doi:
        • Crossey, L.J, Karlstrom, K.E, Schmandt, B., Crow, R.R, Colman, D., Cron, B., Takacs-Vesbach, C.D, Dahm, C.N, Northrup, D.E, Hilton, D.R, Ricketts, J., Lowry, A., (2016). Continental smokers couple mantle degassing and unique microbiology within continents. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 435:1, 22-30.
        • Ravat, D., Morgan, P., Lowry, A., (2016). Geotherms from the Temperature-Depth Constrained Solutions of 1-D Steady-state Heat Flow Equation. Geosphere, 12:4, 1187-1197. doi: 10.1130/GES01235.1
        • Becker, T.W, Lowry, A., Faccenna, C., Schmandt, B., Borsa, A., Yu, C., (2015). Western U.S. intermountain seismicity caused by changes in upper mantle flow. Nature, 524:7556, 458-461. doi: doi:10.1038/nature14867
        • Chamoli, A., Lowry, A., Jeppson, T.N, (2014). Implications of transient deformation in the northern Basin and Range, western United States. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
        • Becker, T.W, Faccena, C., Humphreys, E.D, Lowry, A., Miller, M.S, (2014). Static and dynamic support of western U.S. topography. Earth and Planetary Science Letters
        • Foster, J.H, Lowry, A., Brooks, B.A, (2013). Fault frictional parameters and material properties revealed by slow slip at Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i. Geophysical Research Letters, 40:23, 6059-6063.
        • Paul, J., Rajendran, C.P, Lowry, A., Andrade, V., Rajendran, K., (2012). Andaman post-seismic deformation observations: Still slipping after all these years?. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 102:1, 343-351.
        • Berglund, H.T, Sheehan, A.F, Murray, M.H, Roy, M., Lowry, A., Nerem, R.S, Blume, F., (2012). Distributed deformation across the Rio Grande rift, Great Plains, and Colorado Plateau. Geology, 40:1, 23-26.
        • Lowry, A., Perez-Gussinye, M., (2011). The role of crustal quartz in controlling Cordilleran deformation. Nature, 471:7338, 353-357. doi: 10.1038/nature09912
        • Hammond, W.C, Brooks, B.A, Burgmann, R., Heaton, T., Jackson, M., Lowry, A., Anandakrishnan, S., (2011). The scientific value of high-rate, low-latency GPS data. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 92:15, 125-126.
        • DeNosaquo, K.R, Smith, R.B, Lowry, A., (2009). Density and lithospheric strength models of the Yellowstone-Snake River Plain volcanic system from gravity and heat flow data. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 188, 108-127.
        • Perez-Gussinye, M., Metois, M., Fernandez, J., Verges, J., Fullea, J., Lowry, A., (2009). Effective elastic thickness of Africa and its relationship to other proxies for lithospheric structure and surface tectonics. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 287:1-2, 152-167.
        • Perez-Gussinye, M., Lowry, A., Morgan, J.P, Tassara, A., (2008). Effective elastic thickness variations along the Andean margin and their relationship to subduction geometry. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 9, doi: 10.1029/2007GC001786
        • Paul, J., Lowry, A., Bilham, R., Sen, S., Smalley, R., (2007). Postseismic deformation of the Andaman Islands following the 26 December, 2004 Great Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34:L19309, doi: 10.1029/2007GL031024
        • Perez-Gussinye, M., Lowry, A., Watts, A.B, (2007). The effective elastic thickness of South America and its implications for intracontinental deformation. Geochem. Geophys. Geosys., 8:Q05009, doi: 10.1029/2006GC001511
        • Lowry, A., (2006). Resonant slow fault slip in subduction zones forced by climatic load stress. Nature, 442:7104, 802-805. doi: doi:10.1038/nature05055
        • Larson, K.M, Lowry, A., Kostoglodov, V., Hutton, W., Sanchez, O., Hudnut, K., (2004). Crustal deformation measurements in Guerrero, Mexico. J. Geophys. Res., 109:B4, doi: 10.1029/2003JB-002843
        • Yoshioka, Y., Mikumo, T., Kostoglodov, V., Larson, K.M, Lowry, A., Singh, S.K, (2004). Interplate coupling and a recent aseismic slow slip event in the Guerrero seismic gap of the Mexican subduction zone, as deduced from GPS data inversion using a Bayesian Information Criterion. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 146, 513-530.
        • Perez-Gussinye, M., Lowry, A., Watts, A.B, Velicogna, I., (2004). On the recovery of effective elastic thickness using spectral methods: examples from synthetic data and from the Fennoscandian Shield. J. Geophys. Res., 109, B10. doi: 10.1029/2003JB002788
        • Iglesias, A., Singh, S.K, Lowry, A., Santoyo, M., Kostoglodov, V., Larson, K.M, Franco- Sanchez, S.I, Mikumo, T., (2004). The silent earthquake of 2002 in the Guerrero seismic gap, Mexico (Mw=7.4): inversion of slip on the plate interface and some implications. Geofisica Internacional, 43:3, 309-317.
        • Kostoglodov, V., Singh, S.K, Santiago, J.A, Franco, S.I, Larson, K.M, Lowry, A., Bilham, R., (2003). A large silent earthquake in the Guerrero seismic gap, Mexico. Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, doi: 10.1029/2003GL017219
        • Bartel, B.A, Hamburger, M.W, Meertens, C.M, Lowry, A., Corpuz, E., (2003). Dynamics of active magmatic and hydrothermal systems at Taal Volcano, Philippines, from continuous GPS measurements. J. Geophys. Res., 108, B10. doi: 10.1029/2002JB002194
        • Lowry, A., Zhong, S., (2003). Surface versus internal loading of the Tharsis rise, Mars. J. Geophys. Res., 108, E9. doi: 10.1029/2003JE002111
        • Hamburger, M.W, Rybakov, V., Lowry, A., Shen-Tu, B., Rupp, J.A, (2002). Preliminary results from a GPS geodetic network in the southern Illinois basin. Seismological Research Letters, 73, 762-775.
        • Lowry, A., Rocken, C., Sokolovskiy, S.V, Anderson, K.D, (2002). Vertical profiling of atmospheric refractivity from ground-based GPS observations. Radio Sci., 37:3, doi: 10.1029/2000RS002565
        • Lowry, A., Hamburger, M.W, Meertens, C.M, Ramos, E.G, (2001). GPS monitoring of crustal deformation at Taal volcano, Philippines. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 105, 35-47.
        • Sokolovskiy, S.V, Rocken, C., Lowry, A., (2001). The use of GPS for estimation of bending angles of radio waves at low elevations. Radio Science, 36, 473-482.
        • Lowry, A., Larson, K.M, Kostoglodov, V., Bilham, R., (2001). Transient fault slip in Guerrero, southern Mexico. Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 3753-3756.
        • Lowry, A., Ribe, N.M, Smith, R.B, (2000). Dynamic elevation of the Cordillera, western United States. J. Geophys. Res., 105, 23,371-23,390.
        • Lowry, A., Smith, R.B, (1995). Strength and rheology of the western U.S. Cordillera. J. Geophys. Res., 100, 17947-17963.
        • Lowry, A., Smith, R.B, (1994). Flexural rigidity of the Basin and Range-Colorado Plateau-Rocky Mountain transition from coherence analysis of gravity and topography. J. Geophys. Res., 99, 20123-20140.
        • Lowry, A., Shive, P.N, (1990). An evaluation of Bristow's method for the detection of subsurface cavities. Geophysics, 55, 514-520.
        • Shive, P.N, Lowry, A., Easley, D.H, Borgman, L.E, (1990). Geostatistical simulation for geophysical applications{ Part II: Geophysical modeling. Geophysics, 55, 1441-1146.
        • Lowry, A., Allen, M.B, Shive, P.N, (1989). Singularity removal: A refinement of resistivity modeling techniques. Geophysics, 54, 776-774.
        • Professional Journal

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  GEO 6590 - Geodesy and Crustal Deformation, Fall 2019

                  GEO 5690, 6690 - Geodynamics, Spring 2019

                  GEO 5670 - Inverse Theory, Spring 2019

                  GEO 2500 - Geology Field Excursions, Fall 2018

                  GEO 5640, 6640 - Introduction to Seismology, Fall 2018

                  GEO 5660 - Applied Geophysics, Spring 2018

                  GEO 6590, 7590 - Geodesy and Crustal Deformation, Fall 2017

                  GEO 6600 - Graduate Seminar in Geophysics (Topic), Fall 2017

                  GEO 5640, 6640 - Introduction to Seismology, Spring 2017

                  GEO 5670, 6670 - Inverse Theory, Spring 2017

                  GEO 5690, 6690 - Geodynamics, Fall 2016

                  GEO 5660, 6660 - Applied Geophysics, Spring 2016

                  GEO 6600 - Graduate Seminar in Geophysics (Topic), Fall 2015

                  GEO 5640 - Introduction to Seismology, Spring 2015

                  GEO 6640 - Introduction to Seismology, Spring 2015

                  GEO 6670 - Inverse Theory, Spring 2015

                  GEO 5690,6690 - Geodynamics, Fall 2014

                  GEO 5660,6660 - Applied Geophysics, Spring 2014

                  GEO 6590,7590 - Geodesy and Crustal Deformation, Fall 2013

                  GEO 2500 - Geology Field Excursions, Fall 2013

                  GEO 6600,7600 - Graduate Seminar in Geophysics (Topic), Fall 2013

                  GEO 5660,6660 - Applied Geophysics, Spring 2012

                  GEO 6660 - Applied Geophysics, Spring 2012

                  GEO 6590 - Geodesy and Crustal Deformation, Fall 2011

                  GEO 6600 - Graduate Seminar in Geophysics (Topic), Fall 2011

                  GEO 5640 - INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY, Spring 2011

                  GEO 6640 - INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY, Spring 2011

                  GEO 6670 - INVERSE THEORY, Spring 2011

                  GEO 6600 - Graduate Seminar in Geophysics (Geodynamics), Fall 2010

                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Amanda Leaman, Geology, August 2020
                  Brent Scheppmann, Geology, August 2014
                  Xiaofei Ma, Geology, January 2012 - December 2017
                  Eric Beard, Geology, August 2010 - October 2012