Bormann, Jayne

Status: Post Doctoral Scholar

Jayne’s Biography:

I grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where I studied geology and raced on the intercollegiate Nordic ski team. I graduated in 2004 with my B.A. Cum Laude in Geology. After college, I spent 3 years coaching junior development and high school cross-country skiing in Minnesota. In 2007, I entered graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno, where I worked as a research assistant in the Center for Neotectonic Studies and in the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory. I studied active tectonics and seismic hazard in the Walker Lane using both paleoseismic and geodetic observations, and I completed my PhD in geophysics in 2013. I joined the Nevada Seismological Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September of 2013. My postdoctoral research will use marine seismic reflection techniques to image fault structures in the Inner California Borderlands. I am excited to continue my research understanding the development and active tectonics of the Pacific/North American plate boundary while learning new tools to characterize seismic hazard along active faults.

Contact Info

Address: Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia Street/MS 0174, Reno, NV 89557

email: jbormann [at] unr.edu


Ph.D., 2013, Geophysics, University of Nevada, Reno

B.A., 2004, Geology, Cum Laude, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Honors & Awards

2009, Graduate Student Research Grant Recipient, Geological Society of America

2009, First Place, Student Poster Competition, EarthScope National Meeting, Boise, ID

2000-2004, William O. Douglas Scholar, Whitman College

Major Research Interests

Neotectonics, Tectonic Geodesy, Paleoseismology, Marine Paleoseismology, North American Plate Boundary Deformation, Walker Lane Tectonics, Tectonic Geomorphology

Research and/or Professional Experience

2012-2013, Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, UNR

2007-2012, Research Assistant, Nevada Geodetic Laboratory, UNR

2007-2010, Research Assistant, Center for Neotectonic Studies, UNR


Bormann, J.M., W.C. Hammond, C. Kreemer, and G. Blewitt (in prep), GPS constraints on present-day slip rates of the Honey Lake and Mohawk Valley faults, Northern Walker Lane: evidence of temporal slip-rate variations and implications for seismic hazard, Journal of Geophysical Research.

Bormann, J.M., W.C. Hammond, C. Kreemer, and G. Blewitt (in prep), Present-Day Transtensional Strain Accumulation and Mechanisms of Release in the Central Walker Lane.

Bormann, J.M., B.E. Surpless, M.W. Caffee, and S.G. Wesnousky, 2012, Holocene earthquakes and late Pleistocene slip rate estimates on the Wassuk Range fault zone, Nevada, USA, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 102, 1884-1891, doi:10.1785/0120110287.

Wesnousky, S., J.M. Bormann, C. Kreemer, W.C. Hammond, J. Brune, 2012, Neotectonics, Geodesy, and Seismic Hazard in the Northern Walker Lane of Western North America: Thirty Kilometers of Crustal Shear and No Strike-Slip?, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 329-330, 133-140, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.02.018.

Sarmiento, A.C., S.G. Wesnousky, and J.M. Bormann, 2011, Paleoseismic trenches across the Carson and Sierra Nevada rangefronts in Antelope Valley, California and Reno, Nevada, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101, 2542-2549, doi: 10.1785/0120100176.

Doctoral Advisor:

Bill Hammond, Nevada Geodetic Laboratory, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno

Postdoctoral Advisor:

Graham M. Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno


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