Micah Jessup is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He joined the University of Tennessee shortly after his graduation from Virginia Technical University in 2007.
Jessup recently (2010) published a noteworthy paper in the Journal of Geology which applied a new model that he and his colleagues developed for numerically estimating the degree of rotation of the earth’s crust that occurred during the rapid building of the Himalayan mountains. Jessup and his students carry out extensive field investigations in Nepal to develop the information on rock type and fracture distribution needed to test models of mountain development. Most recently, Jessup submitted a seed grant proposal to apply some of these same methods to development of the Andes mountains in Peru and Chile.
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