Phaedra Upton


Full Name: Phaedra Upton

Position: Geodynamic / Geomorphic Modeller

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4198


1988: BSc Hons (1st class), Chemistry; 1989: Diploma, Geology; 1996: PhD, Geology

Areas of expertise

Business Development: Team Leadership and Project Management
Business Development: Tectonic Geomorphology
Geology: 3D modelling
Geology: Active fault studies
Geology: Crustal tectonics
Geology: Geodynamics
Geology: Geomorphology
Geology: Heat flow and thermal regimes
Geology: Landscape evolution
Geology: Plate boundary deformation processes
Geology: Tectonics
Geophysics: Crustal deformation and neotectonics
Geophysics: Modelling

Professional activities

American Geophysical Union: Member
Geoscience Society of New Zealand: Member
Geological Society of New Zealand: National Committee member
Community Surface Dynamics Modelling System: Geodynamics Focus Research Group: Co-Chair
Community Surface Dynamics Modelling System: Member

Major publications

Eberhart-Phillips, D.; Upton, P.; Reyners, M.E.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Fry, B.; Bourguignon, S.; Warren-Smith, E. 2022 The influence of basement terranes on tectonic deformation: joint earthquake travel-time and ambient noise tomography of the southern South Island, New Zealand. Tectonics, 41(4): e2021TC007006; doi: 10.1029/2021TC007006

Duvall, A.R.; Harbert, S.A.; Upton, P.; Tucker, G.E.; Flowers, R.M.; Collett, C. 2020 River patterns reveal two stages of landscape evolution at an oblique convergent margin, Marlborough Fault System, New Zealand. Earth Surface Dynamics, 8(1): 177-194; doi: 10.5194/esurf-8-177-2020

Upton, P.; Koons, P.O.; Roy, S.G. 2018 Rock failure and erosion of a fault damage zone as a function of rock properties: Alpine Fault at Waikukupa River. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 61(3): 367-375; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2018.1430592

Upton, P.; Song, B.R.; Koons, P.O. 2018 Topographic control on shallow fault structure and strain partitioning near Whataroa, New Zealand demonstrates weak Alpine Fault. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 61(1): 1-8; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2017.1397706

Craw, D.; Upton, P.; Waters, J.; Wallis, G. 2017 Biological memory of the first Pleistocene glaciation in New Zealand. Geology, 45(7): 595-598; doi: 10.1130/G39115.1

Sutherland, R.; Townend, J.; Toy, V.G.; Upton, P.; Coussens, J.; Allen, M.; Baratin, L.-M.; Barth, N.; Becroft, L.; Boese, C.; Boles, A.; Boulton, C.; Broderick, N.G.R.; Janku-Capova, L.; Carpenter, B.M.; Célérier, B.; Chamberlain, C.; Cooper, A.; Coutts, A.; Cox, S.C.; Craw, L.; Doan, M.-L.; Eccles, J.; Faulkner, D.; Grieve, J.; Grochowski, J.; Gulley, A.; Hartog, A.; Howarth, J.D.; Jacobs, K.M.; Jeppsen, T.; Kato, N.; Keys, S.; Kirilova, M.; Kometani, Y.; Langridge, R.M.; Lin, W.; Little, T.; Lukacs, A.; Mallyon, D.; Mariani, E.; Massiot, C.; Mathewson, L.; Melosh, B.; Menzies, C.; Moore, J.; Morales, L.; Morgan, C.; Mori, H.; Niemeijer, A.; Nishikawa, O.; Prior, D.; Sauer, K.; Savage, M.K.; Schleicher, A.; Schmitt, D.R.; Shigematsu, N.; Taylor-Offord, S.; Teagle, D.; Tobin, H.; Valdez, R.; Weaver, K.; Wiersberg, T.; Williams, J.; Woodman, N.; Zimmer, M. 2017 Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault. Nature, 546: 137-140; doi: 10.1038/nature22355

Craw, D.; Upton, P.; Burridge, C.P.; Wallis, G.P.; Waters, J.M. 2016 Rapid biological speciation driven by tectonic evolution in New Zealand. Nature geoscience, 9(2): 140-144; doi: 10.1038/ngeo2618

Roy, S.G.; Koons, P.O.; Upton, P.; Tucker, G.E. 2016 Dynamic links among rock damage, erosion, and strain during orogenesis. Geology, 44(7): 583-586; doi: 10.1130/G37753.1

Upton, P.; Craw, D. 2016 Coeval emplacement and orogen-parallel transport of gold in oblique convergent orogens. Tectonophysics, 693(B): 197-209; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.01.015

Roy, S.; Koons, P.O.; Upton, P.; Tucker, G. 2015 The influence of crustal strength fields on patterns and rates of fluvial incision. Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface, 120(2): 275-299; doi: 10.1002/2014JF003281

Upton, P.; Craw, D. 2014 Modelling of structural and lithological controls on mobility of fluids and gold in orogenic belts, New Zealand. p. 231-253; doi: 10.1144/SP402.1 IN: Garofalo, P.S.; Ridley, J.R. (eds) Gold-transporting in hydrothermal fluids in the earth's crust. London: Geological Society. Geological Society special publication 402.

Upton, P.; Sutherland, R. 2014 High permeability and low temperature correlates with proximity to brittle failure within mountains at an active tectonic boundary, Manapouri tunnel, Fiordland, New Zealand. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 389: 176-187; doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.12.032

Koons, P.O.; Upton, P.; Barker, A.D. 2012 The influence of mechanical properties on the link between tectonic and topographic evolution. Geomorphology, 137(1): 168-180; doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.11.012

Upton, P.; Koons, P.O.; Craw, D.; Henderson, C.M.; Enlow, R. 2009 Along-strike differences in the Southern Alps of New Zealand : consequences of inherited variation in rheology. Tectonics, 28: TC2007; doi: 10.1029/2008TC002353

Upton, P.; Koons, P.O. 2007 Three-dimensional geodynamic framework for the central Southern Alps, New Zealand : integrating geology, geophysics and mechanical observations. p. 253-270 IN: Okaya, D.A.; Stern, T.A.; Davey, F.J. (eds) A continental plate boundary : tectonics at South Island, New Zealand. Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union. Geophysical monograph 175.

Upton, P.; Craw, D.; Caldwell, T.G.; Koons, P.O.; James, Z.; Wannamaker, P.E.; Jiracek, G.J.; Chamberlain, C.P. 2003 Upper crustal fluid flow in the outboard region of the Southern Alps, New Zealand. Geofluids, 3(1): 1-12

Upton, P.; Koons, P.O.; Eberhart-Phillips, D. 2003 Extension and partitioning in an oblique subduction zone, New Zealand : constraints from three-dimensional numerical modeling. Tectonics, 22(6): 1068; doi: 10.1029/2002TC001431

Koons, P.O.; Craw, D.; Cox, S.C.; Upton, P.; Templeton, A.S.; Chamberlain, C.P. 1998 Fluid flow during active oblique convergence : a Southern Alps model from mechanical and geochemical observations. Geology, 26(2): 159-162

Upton, P. 1998 Modelling localization of deformation and fluid flow in a compressional orogen : implications for the Southern Alps of New Zealand. American Journal of Science, 298(4): 296-323

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