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Robert Zinke

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Earth Surface and Interior

NASA Postdoctoral Scholar


Rob Zinke is interested in studying geologic phenomena ranging from the surface expression of individual earthquakes, to plate-scale tectonic behavior and regional climate signals. For these studies, he uses space-based remote sensing, geologic and geomorphologic interpretation, and data analysis.


  • B.S., Geology, University of Texas at Austin (2012)
  • Ph.D., Earth Science, University of Southern California (2018)

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2019-present)
  • Research Assistant, University of Southern California (2014-2018)
  • Geoscience Technician, ConocoPhillips (2012-2013)

Research Interests

  • Active tectonics
  • Earthquake faults
  • Remote sensing methods
  • Tectonic geomorphology

Selected Publications

  1. Zinke, R., Hollingsworth, J., Dolan, J.F., Van Dissen, R. (2019). Three-dimensional surface deformation in the 2016 MW 7.8 KaikĊura, New Zealand, earthquake from optical image correlation: Implications for strain localization and long-term evolution of the Pacific-Australian plate boundary: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.
  2. Zinke, R., Dolan, J.F., Rhodes, E.J., Van Dissen, R., McGuire, C.P., Hatem, A., Brown, N.D., Langridge, R.M. (2018). Multimillennial incremental slip rate variability of the Clarence fault at the Tophouse Road site, Marlborough fault system, New Zealand: Geophysical Research Letters.
  3. Zinke, R., Dolan, J.F., Rhodes, E.J., Van Dissen, R., McGuire, C.P. (2017). Highly variable latest Pleistocene-Holocene incremental slip rates on the Awatere fault at Saxton River, South Island, New Zealand, revealed by lidar mapping and luminescence dating: Geophysical Research Letters.
  4. Stirling, M.W., et al. (2017). The MW 7.8 2016 Kaikoura earthquake: Surface fault rupture and seismic hazard context: Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering.
  5. Dolan, J.F., McAuliffe, L.J., Rhodes, E.J., McGill, S.F., Zinke, R. (2016). Extreme multi-millennial slip rate variations on the Garlock fault, California: Strain super-cycles, potentially time-variable fault strength, and implications for system-level earthquake occurrence: Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
  6. Zinke, R., Dolan, J.F., Van Dissen, R., Grenader, J.R., Rhodes, E.J., McGuire, C.P., Langridge, R.M., Nicol, A., Hatem, A.E. (2015). Evolution and progressive geomorphic manifestation of surface faulting: A comparison of the Wairau and Awatere faults, South Island, New Zealand: Geology.
  7. Zinke, R., Hollingsworth, J., Dolan, J.F. (2014). Surface slip and off-fault deformation patterns in the 2013 MW 7.7 Balochistan, Pakistan earthquake: Implications for controls on the distribution of near-surface co-seismic slip: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.
  8. Befus, K.S., Zinke, R.W., Jordan, J.S., Manga, M., Gardner, J.E. (2014). Pre-eruptive storage conditions and eruption dynamics of a small rhyolite dome: Douglas Knob, Yellowstone volcanic field, USA: Bulletin of Volcanology.