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Fernando Martinez

Ph.D,. Columbia University, 1988

Email: fernando@hawaii.edu
Office: POST 814A
Phone Number: (808) 956-6882
Fax Number: (808) 956-3188

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
1680 East-West Road, POST 602
Honolulu, HI 96822

Research Interests:
Marine geophysics, Tectonics, Backarc basins, Mid-Ocean Ridges

I am a marine geophysicist and my research centers on understanding rifting and seafloor spreading processes. I have worked in backarc basins (Manus, Lau, Mariana), mid-ocean ridges (East Pacific Rise, Chile Ridge) and areas undergoing rift-to-spreading transitions (Woodlark Basin, Red Sea). My work uses various methods including multibeam, side-scan sonar, geophysical mapping and heat flow measurements broadly aimed at understanding tectonics processes and the geologic evoution these areas.

Publications (partial listing):

Benediktsdottir A., Hey R., Martinez F., and Hoskuldsson A. (2016) A New Kinematic Model of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between 55o55'N and the Bight Transform Fault for the Past 6 Ma. Journal of Geophysical Research, 10.1002. in press <9591>

Hey R., Martinez F., Hoskuldsson A., Eason D. E., Sleeper J., and Thordarson S., Benediktsodottir A., and Merkuryev S. (2015) Multibeam Investigation of the Active North Atlantic Plate Boundary Reorganization Tip. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. in press <9552>

Sleeper J. and Martinez F. (2015) Controls on segmentation and morphology along the backarc Eastern Lau Spreading Center and Valu Fa Ridge. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth, 119(3), 1678-170, doi:10.1002/2013JB010545. in press <9384>

Sleeper J. and Martinez F. (2014) Controls on Segmentation and Morphology along the Backarc Eastern Lau Spreading Center and Valu Fa Ridge. in press <9096>

Dunn R.A., Martinez F. (2011) Contrasting crustal production and rapid mantle transitions beneath back-arc ridges. Nature, 469(7329), 198-2202. in press <8620>

Ohara Y., Reagan M.K., Fujikura K., Watanabe H., Michibayashi K., Ishii T., Stern R.J., Pujana I., Martinez F., Girard G., Ribeiro J., Brounce M., Komori N., and Kino M. (2012) A serpentinite-hosted ecosystem in the Southern Mariana Forearc. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sciences, 190(8), 2831-2835. in press <8655>

Hey R.N., Martinez F., Hoskuldsson A., and Benediktsdottir A. (2008) Propagating rift model for the V-shaped ridges south of Iceland.

Fryer P., Becker N., Appelgate B., Martinez F., Edward M., an Fryer G. (2003) Why is the Challenger deep so deep? Earth Plant. Sci. Lett., in press.

Martinez F. and Taylor B. (2003) Controls on Back-arc Crustal Accretion: Insights from the Lau, Manus and Mariana Basins. Published in Geological Society of London, Special Publication Intra-Oceanic Subduction Systems: Tectonic and Magmatic Processes, in press .

Martinez F. and Taylor B. (2002) Mantle wedge control on back-arc crustal accretion. Nature, 417-420.

Martinez F. and Taylor B. (2002) Mantle wedge control on back-arc crustal accretion. Nature, in press.

Pardee D.R., Hey R.N., and Martinez F. (2000) Cross-sectional areas of mid-ocean ridge axes bounding the Easter and Juan Fernandez microplates. Mar. Geophys. Res. 20, 517-531.

Martinez F., Fryer P., and Becker N. (2000) Geophysical characteristics of the Southern Mariana Trough, 11 50'N-13 40'N. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth, 105, No. B7, 16, 591-16,607.

Martinez F., Taylor B., and Goodliffe A. (1999) Contrasting styles of seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin: indications of rift-induces secondary mantle convection. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth.

Martinez F., Hey R.N., and Johnson P.D. (1997) The East ridge system 28.5-32(S East Pacific Rise: Implications for overlapping spreading center development. Earth, Planet. Sci. Lett., 151, 13-31.

Baker N., Fryer P., and Martinez F. (1996) Rifting history of the northern Mariana Trough: SeaMARC II and seismic reflection surveys. J. Geophys. Res.

Hey R.N., Johnson P.D., Martinez F., Korenaga, Somers M.L., Huggett Q.J., LeBae T.P., Rusby R.I., and Near D.F. (1995) Plate boundary reorganization at a large-offset, rapidly propagating rift. Nature, 378, 167.

Martinez F. and Taylor B. (1995) Backarc Spreading, Rifting, and Microplate Rotation, Between Transform Faults in the Manus Basin. Marine Geophys. Res.

Martinez F. and Fryer P. (1995) Evolution of backarc rifting: Mariana Trough 20o-24oN. J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 100, NO. B3, 3807-3827.

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