Faculty and Staff

Gary Carver

Quaternary tectonics, active faulting, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, engineering geology

  • Ph.D, Geology, University of Washington, Seattle, 1972
  • M.S., Geology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1969
  • B.A., Geology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1967
Professional Experience:
  • joined HSU 1973, retired 1998
  • HSU Scholar of the Year, 1995
Personal and Research Interests:

Gary's chief interests are neotectonics, especially rates active faulting and dating of subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. He is also involved in study of archaeological sites in the Aleutians.

Theses Supervised

Koehler, Richard D., Terrace Formation, Drainage Adjustment, and Tectonic Geomorphology of the Van Duzen/ North Fork Eel Rivers Headwater Region, Northern California

Leroy, Thomas H., Sand Dune Stratigraphy and Paleoseismicity of the North and South Spits of Humboldt Bay, Northern California

Abramson, Hans, Evidence for Tsunamis and Earthquakes During the Last 3500 Years from Lagoon Creek, a Coastal Freshwater Marsh, Northern California

Garrison-Laney, Carolyn, Diatom Evidence for Tsunami Inundation from Lagoon Creek, a Coastal Freshwater Pond, Del Norte County, California

Knudsen, Keith, Geology and Stratigraphy of the Freshwater Creek Watershed, Humboldt County, California

Craven, Gilbert, The Tectonic Development and Late Quaternary Deformation of Warner Valley, South of Hart Mountain, Oregon

Li, Wen-Hao, Evidence for the Late Holocene Coseismic Subsidence in the Lower Eel River Valley, Humboldt County, Northern California: an Application of Foraminiferal Zonation to Indicate Tectonic Submergence

Valentine, David W., Late Holocene Stratigraphy, Humboldt Bay, California: Evidence for Late Holocene Paleoseismicity of the Southern Cascadia Subduction Zone

Simpson, Gary D., Late Quaternary Tectonic Development of the Northwestern Part of the Summer Lake Basin, South-Central Oregon

Vick, Greg S., Late Holocene Paleoseismicity and Relative Sea Level Changes of the Mad River Slough, Northern Humboldt Bay, California

Haley, Mark, Quaternary Stratigraphy and Late Holocene Faulting Along the Base of the Eastern Escarpment of Steens Mountain, Southeastern Oregon

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Clarke, S.H. and G.A. Carver, 1992, Late Holocene tectonics and paleoseismicity, southern Cascadia subduction zone: Science. 255, p. 188-191.

Berger, G.W., R.M. Burke, G.A. Carver, and D.J. Easterbrook, 1991, Test of thermoluminesecence dating with coastal sediments from northern California: Chemical Geology (Isotope Section) 87, p. 21-37.

Carver, G. and R. B. Burke, 1989, Active convergent tectonics in northwestern California, in K.R. Aalto and G. Harper, eds. Geologic evolution of the northernmost Coast Ranges ans western Klamath Mountains, California: Field Trip Guidebook T308, 28th International Geologic Congress, p. 64-82.

Kelsey, H.M. and G.A. Carver, 1988, Late Neogene and Quaternary tectonics associated with northward growth of the San Andreas Transform Fault, Northern California: Jornal of Geophysical Research 93(B5), p. 4797-4819.

Carver, G.A., 1985, Quaternary tectonics north of the Mendocino Triple Junction -- the Mad River Fault Zone, in M.E. Savina, ed, American Geomorphological Field Group Field Conference Guidebook, p. 169-83.

Lehre, A.K., and G. Carver, 1985, Thrust faulting and earthflows: speculations on the sediment budget of a tectonically active drainage basin, in M.E. Savina, ed.: American Geomorphological Field Group Field Trip Guidebook 1985 Conference, p. 169-183.

Gary Carver