Graduate Program Director
Structural geology and tectonics
Office: 406 Davis Hall
B.S., University of Illinois, 1987
M.S., University of Tennessee, 1989
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1994
Rock and ice fracture mechanics, clastic injectites, fluid-rock systems, fault-related folding and glacier mechanics. Integration of field studies with laboratory, numerical, analytical and physical modeling.
My students and I are currently working on a variety of integrative research projects. Some of the recent highlights include:
Keating, D.P., Fischer, M.P. and Blau, H., 2012, Physical modeling of deformation patterns in monoclines above oblique-slip faults: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 39, p. 37-51. doi 10.1016/j.jsg.2012.03.008
Smith, A.P., Fischer, M.P, and Evans, M.E., 2012, Fracture-controlled paleohydrology of a secondary salt weld, La Popa Basin, northeastern Mexico, in, Alsop, G.I., Archer, S.G., Hartley, A.J., Grant, N.T. and Hodgkinson, R., eds., Salt Tectonics, Sediments and Prospectivity: Geological Society of London Special Publication 363, p. 107-130. doi: 10.1144/SP363.6
Fischer, M.P., Higuera-Diaz, I.C., Evans, M.E., Perry, E.C. and Lefticariu, L., 2009, Fracture-controlled paleohydrology in a map-scale detachment fold: insights from the analysis of fluid inclusions in calcite and quartz veins: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, no. 12, p. 1490-1510, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2009.09.004.
Keating, D.P. and Fischer, M.P., 2008, An experimental evaluation of the curvature-strain relation in fault-related folds: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 92, no. 7, p. 869-884, DOI:10.1306/03060807111.
Wilkerson, M.S., Smaltz, S.M., Bowman, D.R., Fischer, M.P., and Higuera-Diaz, I.C., 2007, 2-D and 3-D Modeling of Detachment Folds with Hinterland Inflation: A Natural Example from the Monterrey Salient, Northeastern Mexico: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 29, p. 73-85, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2006.07.010.
Fischer, M.P. and Polansky, A., 2006, The influence of flaws on joint spacing and saturation: results of one-dimensional mechanical modeling: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 111, B07403, doi: 10.1029/2005JB004115.
Higuera-Diaz, I.C., Fischer, M. P. and Wilkerson, M.S., 2005, Geometry and kinematics of the Nuncios detachment fold complex: implications for lithotectonics in northeastern Mexico: Tectonics, v. 24, no. 4, TC4010, doi: 10.1029/2003TC001615.