Pilar Villamor


Full Name: Pilar Villamor

Position: Earthquake Geologist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4875


1991: BSc (Hons), Geology; 1994: MSc (Hons), Engineering Geology; 2002: PhD (Sob Cum laude), Geology

Areas of expertise

Geology: Active fault studies
Geology: Earthquake Geology
Geology: Earthquake Hazard Assessment
Geology: Engineering Geology
Geology: Structural and neotectonic analysis
Geology: Structural geological mapping
Geology: Tectonics
Geology: Volcano-tectonic studies
Geomorphology: Aerial photograph interpretation

Professional activities

New Zealand Geological Society: member
New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering: member
Spanish Professional Association of Geologists: member
Spanish Geological Society: member
American Geophysical Union: Member
Spanish Earthquake Engineering Society: member
International Geothermal Association: Member

Major publications

Ortuño, M.; Corominas, O.; Villamor, P.; Zúñiga, R.; Lacan, P.; Aguirre-Díaz, G.; Perea, H.; Štepancíková, P.; Ramírez-Herrera, T. 2019 Evidence of recent ruptures in the central faults of the Acambay graben (central Mexico). Geomorphology, 326: 17-37; doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.07.010

Giona Bucci, M.; Villamor, P.; Almond, P.; Tuttle, M.; Stringer, M.; Ries, W.F.; Smith, C.; Hodge, M.; Watson, M. 2018 Associations between sediment architecture and liquefaction susceptibility in fluvial settings : the 2010–2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, New Zealand. Engineering Geology, 237: 181-197; doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2018.01.013

Kissling, W.M.; Villamor, P.; Ellis, S.M.; Rae, A.J. 2018 Modelling of hydrothermal fluid flow and structural architecture in an extensional basin, Ngakuru Graben, Taupo Rift, New Zealand. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 357: 134-151; doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2018.04.010

Litchfield, N.J.; Villamor, P.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Nicol, A.; Barnes, P.M.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Pettinga, J.R.; Langridge, R.M.; Little, T.A.; Mountjoy, J.J.; Ries, W.F.; Rowland, J.; Fenton, C.; Stirling, M.W.; Kearse, J.; Berryman, K.R.; Cochran, U.A.; Clark, K.J.; Hemphill-Haley, M.; Khajavi, N.; Jones, K.E.; Archibald, G.C.; Upton, P.; Asher, C.; Benson, A.; Cox, S.C.; Gasston, C.; Hale, D.; Hall, B.; Hatem, A.E.; Heron, D.W.; Howarth, J.D.; Kane, T.J.; Lamarche, G.; Lawson, S.; Lukovic, B.; McColl, S.T.; Madugo, C.; Manousakis, J.; Noble, D.; Pedley, K.; Sauer, K.; Stahl, T.; Strong, D.T.; Townsend, D.B.; Toy, V.G.; Williams, J.; Woelz, S.; Zinke, R. 2018 Surface rupture of multiple crustal faults in the 2016 MW 7.8 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 108(3B): 1496-1520; doi: 10.1785/0120170300

Villamor, P.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Gorman, A.; Davy, B.W.; Hreinsdottir, S.; Hamling, I.J.; Stirling, M.W.; Cox, S.C.; Litchfield, N.J.; Holt, A.; Todd, E.; Denys, P.; Pearson, C.; Sangster, C.; Garcia-Mayordomo, J.; Goded, T.; Abbott, E.R.; Ohneiser, C.; Lepine, P.; Caratori-Tontini, F. 2018 Unknown faults under cities. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science miscellaneous series 124. 71 p.; doi: 10.21420/G2PW7X

Giona Bucci, M.; Almond, P.; Villamor, P.; Ries, W.; Smith, C.; Tuttle, M. 2017 When the earth blisters : exploring recurrent liquefaction features in the coastal system of Christchurch, New Zealand. Terra Nova (NZ), 29(3): 162-172; doi: 10.1111/ter.12259

Gomez-Vasconcelos, M.G.; Villamor, P.; Cronin, S.; Procter, J.; Palmer, A.; Townsend, D.B.; Leonard, G.S. 2017 Crustal extension in the Tongariro graben, New Zealand : insights into volcano-tectonic interactions and active deformation in a young continental rift. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 129(9-10): 1085-1099; doi: 10.1130/B31657.1

Hamling, I.J.; Hreinsdottir, S.; Clark, K.J.; Elliot, J.; Liang, C.; Fielding, E.; Litchfield, N.J.; Villamor, P.; Wallace, L.M.; Wright, T.J.; D'Anastasio, E.; Bannister, S.; Burbidge, D.R.; Denys, P.; Gentle, P.; Howarth, J.D.; Mueller, C.; Palmer, N.G.; Pearson, C.; Power, W.L.; Barnes, P.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Langridge, R.M.; Little, T.; Nicol, A.; Pettinga, J.; Rowland, J.; Stirling, M.W. 2017 Complex multifault rupture during the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, New Zealand. Science, 356(6334): eaam7194; doi: 10.1126/science.aam7194

Tuttle, M.P.; Villamor, P.; Almond, P.; Bastin, S.; Giona Bucci, M.; Langridge, R.M.; Clark, K.J.; Hardwick, C.M. 2017 Liquefaction induced during the 2010–2011 Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquake sequence and lessons learned for the study of paleoliquefaction features. Seismological Research Letters, 88(5): 1403-1414; doi: 10.1785/0220170073

Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R.; Ellis, S.M.; Schreurs, G.; Wallace, L.M.; Leonard, G.S.; Langridge, R.M.; Ries, W.F. 2017 Rapid evolution of subduction-related continental intraarc rifts : the Taupo Rift, New Zealand. Tectonics, 36(10): 2250-2272; doi: 10.1002/2017TC004715

Gomez-Vasconcelos, M.G.; Villamor, P.; Cronin, S.J.; Procter, J.; Kereszturi, G.; Palmer, A.; Townsend, D.B.; Leonard, G.S.; Berryman, K.R.; Ashraf, S. 2016 Earthquake history at the eastern boundary of the South Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 59(4): 522-543; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2016.1195757

Langridge, R.M.; Ries, W.F.; Litchfield, N.J.; Villamor, P.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Rattenbury, M.S.; Heron, D.W.; Haubrock, S.N.; Townsend, D.B.; Lee, J.M.; Berryman, K.R.; Nicol, A.; Cox, S.C.; Stirling, M.W. 2016 The New Zealand Active Faults Database. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 59(1): 86-96; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2015.1112818

Persaud, M.; Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R.; Ries, W.; Cousins, W.J.; Litchfield, N.J.; Alloway, B.V. 2016 The Kerepehi Fault, Hauraki Rift, North Island, New Zealand : active fault characterisation and hazard. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 59(1): 117-135; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2015.1127826

Villamor, P.; Almond, P.; Tuttle, M.; Giona-Bucci, M.; Langridge, R.M.; Clark, K.J.; Ries, W.F.; Baston, S.; Eger, A.; Vandergoes, M.J.; Quigley, M.C.; Barker, P.R.; Martin, F.; Howarth, J.D. 2016 Liquefaction features produced by the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in southwest Christchurch, New Zealand and preliminary assessment of paleoliquefaction features. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 106(4): 1747-1771; doi: 10.1785/0120150223

Canora, C.; Martinez-Diaz, J.J.; Insua-Arevalo, J.M.; Alvarez-Gomez, J.A.; Villamor, P.; Alonso-Henar, J.; Capote-Villar, R. 2014 The 1719 El Salvador earthquake : an M > 7.0 event in the Central American Volcanic Arc? Seismological Research Letters, 85(4): 784-793; doi: 10.1785/0220130150

Seebeck, H.; Nicol, A.; Villamor, P.; Ristau, J.; Pettinga, J. 2014 Structure and kinematics of the Taupo Rift, New Zealand. Tectonics, 33(6): 1178-1199; doi: 10.1002/2014TC003569

Canora, C.; Villamor, P.; Martínez-Díaz, J.J.; Berryman, K.R.; Álvarez-Gómez, J.A.; Capote, R.; Hernández, W. 2012 Paleoseismic analysis of the San Vicente segment of the El Salvador Fault Zone, El Salvador, Central America. Geologica acta, 10(2): 103-123; doi: 10.1334/105.000001700

Quigley, M.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Litchfield, N.J.; Villamor, P.; Duffy, B.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Furlong, K.; Stahl, T.; Bilderback, E.; Noble, D. 2012 Surface rupture during the 2010 Mw 7.1 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquake : implications for fault rupture dynamics and seismic-hazard analysis. Geology, 40(1): 55-58; doi: 10.1130/G32528.1

Stirling, M.W.; McVerry, G.H.; Gerstenberger, M.C.; Litchfield, N.J.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Berryman, K.R.; Barnes, P.; Wallace, L.M.; Villamor, P.; Langridge, R.M.; Lamarche, G.; Nodder, S.; Reyners, M.E.; Bradley, B.; Rhoades, D.A.; Smith, W.D.; Nicol, A.; Pettinga, J.; Clark, K.J.; Jacobs, K.M. 2012 National seismic hazard model for New Zealand : 2010 update. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 102(4): 1514-1542; doi: 10.1785/0120110170

Villamor, P.; Capote, R.; Stirling, M.W.; Tsige, M.; Berryman, K.R.; Martinez-Diaz, J.J.; Martin-Gonzalez, F. 2012 Contribution of active faults in the intraplate area of Iberia to seismic hazard : the Alentejo-Plasencia Fault. Journal of Iberian Geology, 38(1): 85-111; doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2012.v38.n1.39207

Villamor, P.; Litchfield, N.J.; Barrell, D.J.A.; van Dissen, R.J.; Hornblow, S.; Quigley, M.; Levick, S.; Ries, W.; Duffy, B.; Begg, J.G.; Townsend, D.B.; Stahl, T.; Bilderback, E.; Noble, D.; Furlong, K.; Grant, H. 2012 Map of the 2010 Greendale Fault surface rupture, Canterbury, New Zealand : application to land use planning. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 55(3): 223-230; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2012.680473

Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R.; Nairn, I.A.; Wilson, K.J.; Litchfield, N.J.; Ries, W. 2011 Associations between volcanic eruptions from Okataina Volcanic Center and surface rupture of nearby active faults, Taupo rift, New Zealand : insights into the nature of volcano-tectonic interactions. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 123(7/8): 1383-1405; doi: 10.1130/B30184.1

Canora, C.; Martinez-Diaz, J.J.; Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R.; Alvarez-Gomez, J.A.; Pullinger, C.; Capote, R. 2010 Geological and seismological analysis of the 13 February 2001 Mw 6.6 El Salvador earthquake : evidence for surface rupture and implications for seismic hazard. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 100(6): 2873-2890; doi: 10.1785/0120090377

Langridge, R.M.; Villamor, P.; Basili, R.; Almond, P.; Martinez-Diaz, J.J.; Canora, C. 2010 Revised slip rates for the Alpine Fault at Inchbonnie : implications for plate boundary kinematics of South Island, New Zealand. Lithosphere, 2(3): 139-152; doi: 10.1130/L88.1

Nicol, A.; Walsh, J.J.; Villamor, P.; Seebeck, H.; Berryman, K.R. 2010 Normal fault interactions, paleoearthquakes and growth in an active rift. Journal of Structural Geology, 32(8): 1101-1113; doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.06.018

McClymont, A.F.; Villamor, P.; Green, A.G. 2009 Fault displacement accumulation and slip rate variability within the Taupo Rift (New Zealand) based on trench and 3-D ground-penetrating radar data. Tectonics, 28: TC4005; doi: 10.1029/2008TC002334

McClymont, A.F.; Villamor, P.; Green, A.G. 2009 Assessing the contribution of off-fault deformation to slip-rate estimates within the Taupo Rift, New Zealand, using 3-D ground-penetrating radar surveying and trenching. Terra Nova, 21(6): 446-451

Berryman, K.R.; Villamor, P.; Nairn, I.A.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Begg, J.G.; Lee, J.M. 2008 Late Pleistocene surface rupture history of the Paeroa Fault, Taupo Rift, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 51(2): 135-158; doi: 10.1080/00288300809509855

Canora-Catalan, C.; Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R.; Martinez-Diaz, J.J.; Raen, T. 2008 Rupture history of the Whirinaki Fault, an active normal fault in the Taupo Rift. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 51(4): 277-293; doi: 10.1080/00288300809509866

Villamor, P.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Alloway, B.V.; Palmer, A.S.; Litchfield, N.J. 2007 The Rangipo Fault, Taupo rift, New Zealand : an example of temporal slip-rate and single-event displacement variability in a volcanic environment. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 119(5/6): 529-547; doi: 10.1130/B26000.1

Tronicke, J.; Villamor, P.; Green, A.G. 2006 Detailed shallow geometry and vertical displacement estimates of the Maleme Fault Zone, New Zealand, using 2D and 3D georadar. Near surface geophysics, 4(3): 155-161

Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R. 2006 Evolution of the southern termination of the Taupo Rift, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 49(1): 23-37

Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R. 2006 Late Quaternary geometry and kinematics of faults at the southern termination of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 49(1): 1-21

Nairn, I.A.; Hedenquist, J.W.; Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R.; Shane, P.A. 2005 The ~AD1315 Tarawera and Waiotapu eruptions, New Zealand : contemporaneous rhyolite and hydrothermal eruptions driven by an arrested basalt dike system? Bulletin of Volcanology, 67(2): 186-193

Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R. 2001 A Late Quaternary extension rate in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, derived from fault slip data. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 44(2): 243-269; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2001.9514937

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