Education / Degree
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1995
Research interest (Short)
Primary interests involve the tectonic and climatic geomorphology and active tectonics.
Other interests are plate tectonics, structural geology, paleogeography, biogeography,
and organic evolution. Present research involves landscape evolution of the Mississippi
Valley and surrounding region, documentation of prehistoric earthquakes in the central
US and Central America, and the effects of volcanic hotspots on moving crustal plates.
Quaternary Geology ESCI 7202
An overview of the processes operating during Quaternary that gave rise to the characteristics
of Quaternary geologic materials and Quaternary landforms. Emphasis is on Quaternary
climatic instability and its signature on geologic processes globally.
Tectonics ESCI 7311
Current thinking with respect to movement of the Earth’s lithosphere. Ideas discussed
include: plate motions and the processes driving them; regional deformational styles
associated with different types of plate margins; lithospheric stress regimes; and
changes in tectonic style through geologic time.
Structural Geology ESCI 3512
Basic principles and analytical methods of structural geology. The focus of the course
is the geometric description of structures and current ideas as to the processes that
produce a given structural style. These topics are addressed at map scale, outcrop
scale, and micro-scale.
Cox, R.T., Hall, J.L., and Gardner, C.S., 2013, Tectonic history and setting of a seismogenic
intraplate fault system that lacks microseismicity: the Saline River fault system,
southern United States: Tectonophysics, 608: 252-266, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2013.09.031.
Cox, R., VanArsdale, R., Clark, D., Hill, A., and Lumsden, D., 2013, A revised paleo-earthquake
chronology on the southeast Reelfoot rift margin near Memphis, Tennessee: Seismological
Research Letters, 84: 402-408, doi: 10.1785/0220120142.
Cox, R.T., Harris, J., Forman, S., Brezina, T., Gordon, J., Gardner, C., and Machin, S., 2012,
Holocene faulting on the Saline River fault zone, Arkansas, along the Alabama-Oklahoma
transform, in Cox, R.T., Tuttle, M.P., Boyd, O.S., and Locat, J., eds., Recent Advances
in North American Paleoseismology and Neotectonics East of the Rockies: Geological
Society of America Special Paper 493, p. 143–164, doi:10.1130/2012.2493(07).
Cox, R.T., Gordon, J., Forman, S., Brezina, T., Negrau, M., Hill, A., Gardner, C., and Machin,
S., 2010, Paleoseismic sand blows in north Louisiana & south Arkansas: Seismological
Research Letters, 81: 1032-1047.
Tavakoli, B., Pezeshk, S., and Cox, R.T., 2010, Seismicity of the New Madrid Seismic Zone derived from a deep-seated strike-slip
fault: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 100: 1646–1658, doi: 10.1785/0120090220.
Cox, R.T., 2009, Ouachita, Appalachian, and Ancestral Rockies deformations recorded in mesoscale
structures on the foreland Ozark plateau: Tectonophysics, 474: 674–683.
Seifert, C.S., Cox, R.T., Forman, S.L., Foti, T.L., Wasklewicz, T.A., and McColgan, A.T., 2009. Relict nebkhas
(pimple mounds) record prolonged late Holocene drought in the forested region of south-central
United States. Quaternary Research, 71: 329-339.