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Erin Beutel, Associate Professor

SC Earthquake Education and Preparedness Program

Address: SSMB 222
Phone: 843.953.5591


Northwestern University
Ph.D. 2000

Research Interests

Erin Beutel’s research explores stress in the Earth from a large global tectonic scale to a regional perspective on the Charleston Earthquake.  She has published on everything from mid-ocean ridge tectonics to the break-up of Pangea and stress in the East African Rift using everything from igeneous geochemistry to field relationships of dykes to finite element modeling.  Currently her focus is on stress in the lithosphere and its relationship to magmatism during continental break-up and she mainly uses finite element models to conduct her research.  However, her research with students continues to be even more widespread from changes in  the geochemistry of ash with distance from an eruption to the role of faults in warm spring formation in the Appalachians.

South Carolina Research

Erin uses everything from stress models to geochemistry to field work in South Carolina to understand the geologic history of the break-up of Pangea and the initiation of the Atlantic ocean off the coast of South Carolina.  This research is applied to help understand present day seismicity in South Carolina.

Courses Taught

Dr. Erin Beutel teaches Structural Geology lecture and lab (GEOL 352 and 352L), Geology and Civilization (GEOL235), Tectonics (GEOL411) and intro classes.

GEOL 105 and GEOL 105L Historical Geology

GEOL 156L Honors Geology Lab

GEOL 290 Geology and Civilization

GEOL 352 and GEOL 352L Structural Geology

GEOL 411 Tectonics

GEOL 492 Senior Seminar


Beutel, E. K., Anderson, D.L., (accepted), Melting Anomalies that Cross Ridges. AGU Monograph

* Dove, D., Jaume, S., Beutel, E.K., (2006) Tectonic Core of a Sedimentary Drift: A Zero-Offset Fracture Zone Beneath the Blake Outer Ridge Revealed by Free-air Gravity and Magnetic Anomalies. Marine Geology

S. Nomade, S., Knight, K. B. Beutel, E., Renne, P. R., Verati, C., Feraud, G., A. Marzoli, A., Youbi, N., (accepted with minor revisions), The chronology of CAMP: relevance for the central Atlantic rifting processes and the Triassic-Jurassic biotic crisis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Beutel, E. K., (2005), Stress-induced seamount formation at ridge-transform intersections, in Foulger, G.R., Anderson, D.L., Natland, J.H. and Presnall, D.C. eds., Plates, Plumes & Paradigms: Geological Society of America Special Paper 338, p 581-593.

McHone, J.G., D.L. Anderson, E.K. Beutel & Y.A. Fialko, (2005), Giant dikes, rifts, flood basalts and plate tectonics: a contention of mantle models in Foulger, G.R., Anderson, D.L., Natland, J.H. and Presnall, D.C. eds., Plates, Plumes & Paradigms: Geological Society of America Special Paper 338, p401-420.

Beutel, E.K., Nomade, S., Fronabarger, A.K, Renne, P.R., (2005) Pangea’s complex breakup: A new rapidly changing stress field model, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 236, p471-485.

Beutel, E. K., Okal, E., (2003) Strength asperities along oceanic transform faults: A model for the origin of extensional earthquakes on the Eltanin Transform system, Earth and Planetery Science Letters, v. 216, p27-41.

* Denotes student author