Mark P. Fischer

Mark P. Fischer

Department Chair

Structural Geology and Tectonics
Office: 312 Davis Hall
Phone: 815.753.0523

Educational Background

B.S., University of Illinois, 1987
M.S., University of Tennessee, 1989
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1994

Research Interests

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.

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Research Activities

My students and I are currently working on a variety of integrative research projects.  Some of the recent highlights include:

  • geospatial and mechanical analysis of clastic injectites in Badlands National Park
  • paleohydrology of salt structures in the La Popa Basin of northeastern Mexico
  • compartmentalizing behavior of minor faults around salt domes and walls, Paradox Basin, Utah
  • regional hydrogeological structure of the Sierra Madre fold belt near Monterrey, Mexico 

Selected Publications

Smith, A.P., Fischer, M.P. and Evans, M.E., 2014, On the heterogeneity of fluids forming bedding-parallel veins: Geofluids, v. 14, no. 1, p. 45-57, doi: 10.1111/glf.12040.

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.