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Patrick Fulton
Patrick Fulton
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Department of Geology and Geophysics

Texas A&M University

MS 3115 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-3115


Ph.D., Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008

B.S., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001

A.S., Science, Young Harris College, 1999


2014 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letter, 2015

Jason Morgan Early Career Award, American Geophysical Union Tectonophysics Section, 2014

Consortium for Ocean Leadership Distinguished Lecturer for IODP, 2014-2015

UTIG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2010

ConocoPhillips Geopressures Fellowship, Penn State University, 2006

Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 2005

Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Excellence Award, Georgia Tech, 2002

Rutt Bridges Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Georgia Tech, 2001



Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2016 - present

Assistant Researcher, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012 - 2015

Research Scientist Associate V, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012

UTIG Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010 – 2012

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Oregon State University 2008 – 2010

Patrick Fulton

Assistant Professor
Earthquake physics, geophysics, hydrogeology

Research Interests

My research interests are related to hydrologic and thermal processes within fault zones and how these processes either control fault slip behavior or provide insightful signatures within fault rocks and borehole and geophysical observations. Much of the work I do incorporates field and laboratory data, including innovative new borehole monitoring techniques, along with careful quantitative analysis and numerical modeling. In general, my research combines hydrogeology, thermal geophysics, and geomechanics, and has applications to earthquake physics, tectonic processes, and the transport of subsurface heat and fluids.

Selected Publications

25) Fulton, P.M., E.E. Brodsky (2016), In situ observations of earthquake-driven fluid pulses within the Japan Trench plate boundary fault zone, Geology, G38034.1, first published on August 31, 2016, doi:10.1130/G38034.1

24) *Xue, L., E. Brodsky, J. Erskine, P. Fulton, R. Carter (2016), A permeability and compliance contrast measured hydrogeologically on the San Andreas Fault, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 17, doi:10.1002/2015GC006167.

23) Li, H., L. Xue, E.E. Brodsky, J.J. Mori, P.M. Fulton, H. Wang, Y. Kano, K. Yun, R.N. Harris, Z. Gong, C. Li, J. Si, Z. Sun, J. Pei, Y. Zheng, and Z. Xu (2015), Long-term temperature records following the Mw 7.9 Wenchuan (China) earthquake are consistent with low friction, Geology, doi:10.1130/G35515.1

22) Lin, W., P.M. Fulton, R.N. Harris, O. Tadai, O. Matsubayashi, W. Tanikawa, M. Kinoshita (2014), Thermal conductivities, thermal diffusivities and volumetric heat capacities of Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST) core samples, Earth, Planets and Space, 66:48,  doi:10.1186/1880-5981-66-48

21) *Smith, A.J., P.B. Flemings, and P.M. Fulton (2014), Hydrocarbon Flux from Natural Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Vents, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 395, 241–253, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.03.055.

20) Fulton, P.M., E.E. Brodsky, Y. Kano, J. Mori, F. Chester, T. Ishikawa, R.N. Harris, W. Lin, N. Eguchi, S. Toczko, and the Exp. 343/343T & KR13-08 Scientists (2013), Low Coseismic Friction on the Tohoku-Oki Fault Determined From Temperature Measurements, Science, 6 December 2013: 1214-1217.

19) Ujiie, K. et al. (including P.M. Fulton) (2013), Large shallow slip on the 2011 Tohoku-Oki megathrust as a result of low shear strength, Science, 6 December 2013: 1211-1214.

18) Chester, F.M. et al. (including P.M. Fulton) (2013), A thin and weak plate-boundary décollement in the region of maximum slip, 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, Science, 6 December 2013: 1208-1211.

17) Yang, T., T. Mishima, K. Ujiie, F.M. Chester, J.J. Mori, N. Eguchi, S. Toczko, and Expedition 343 Scientists (including P.M. Fulton) (2013), Strain decoupling across the décollement in the region of large slip during the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake from anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 381, 31–38, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.08.045

16) Namba, Y., M. Kyo, Y. Kano, T. Kasaya, P. Fulton, H. Muraki, Y. Nanbu, N. Yamauchi, and A. Miura (2013), The Retrieval of The Borehole Observatory System Installed in The Tohoku Earthquake Zone, In: Proceedings of The 11th Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan International Symposium, Yokohama, Japan, 18-21 November, 2013.

15) Rowe, C.D. et al. (including P.M. Fulton) (2013), The thickness of subduction plate boundary faults from the seafloor into the seismogenic zone, Geology, doi:10.1130/G34556.1

14) Lin, W. et al. (including P.M. Fulton) (2013), Stress state in the largest displacement area of the 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake, Science, Vol. 339, no. 6120 pp. 687-690, doi: 10.1126/science.1229379.

13) *Kitamura, M., H. Mukoyoshi, P.M. Fulton, and T. Hirose (2012), Coal maturation by frictional heat during rapid fault slip, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L16302, doi:10.1029/2012GL052316.

12) Fulton, P.M. and R.N. Harris (2012), Thermal considerations in inferring frictional heating from vitrinite reflectance and implications for estimates of shallow coseismic slip within the Nankai Subduction Zone, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 335–336, 206–215, 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.04.012.

11) Koppers, A.A.P., et al. (including P.M. Fulton) (2012), Limited latitudinal mantle plume motion for the Louisville hotspot, Nature Geoscience, 5, 911–917, doi:10.1038/ngeo1638.

10) Fulton, P.M., and A.P. Rathbun (2011), Experimental constraints on energy partitioning during stick-slip and stable sliding within analog fault gouge, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 308, 185-192, 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.05.051.

9) *Smith, A.J., P.B. Flemings, and P.M. Fulton (2011), Observations and Models of Heat and Salt Generation in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Vents, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH 2011), Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, July 17-21, 2011.

8) Fulton, P.M., G.M. Schmalzle, R.N. Harris, and T.H. Dixon (2010), Reconciling patterns of interseismic strain accumulation with thermal observations across the Carrizo segment of the San Andreas Fault, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 300, 402-406, 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.10.024.

7) Fulton, P.M., R.N. Harris, D.M. Saffer, and E.E. Brodsky (2010), Does hydrologic circulation mask frictional heat on faults after large earthquakes?, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B09402, doi:10.1029/2009JB007103.

6) Brodsky, E.E., J. Mori, and P.M. Fulton (2010), Drilling Into Faults Quickly After Earthquakes, Eos, 91(27), doi:10.1029/2010EO270001.

5) Fulton, P.M. and D.M. Saffer (2009), Potential role of mantle-derived fluids in weakening the San Andreas Fault, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B07408, doi:10.1029/2008JB006087.

4) Fulton, P.M. and D.M. Saffer (2009), Effect of Thermal Refraction on Heat Flow near the San Andreas Fault, Parkfield, CA., J. Geophys. Res., 114, B06408, doi:10.1029/2008JB005796.

3) Fulton, P.M., D.M. Saffer, and B.A. Bekins (2009), A critical evaluation of crustal dehydration as the cause of an overpressured and weak San Andreas Fault, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 284, 447-454, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.05.009.

2) Schultz, G., C. Ruppel, and P. Fulton (2007), Integrating hydrologic and geophysical data to constrain coastal surficial aquifer processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales, in "Subsurface Hydrology: Data Integration for Properties and Processes," edited by Hyndman, D.W., F.D. Day-Lewis, and K. Singha, American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph Series Volume 171, pp. 161-182, DOI:  10.1029/171GM13

1) Fulton, P.M., D.M. Saffer, R.N. Harris, and B.A. Bekins (2004), Re-evaluation of heat flow data near Parkfield, CA: Evidence for a weak San Andreas Fault, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L15S15, doi:10.1029/2003GL019378. 

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