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My top 5 favourite first-author publications (and why):

1. Quigley, M., Bastin, S., and Bradley, B., 2013, Recurrent liquefaction in Christchurch, New Zealand during the Canterbury earthquake sequence, Geology

– This is my favourite paper because it takes place entirely in my backyard. Literally. We used observational data to map the distribution and thickness of liquefaction-induced sand blows in the backyard of my old house in Avonside, Christchurch during the Canterbury earthquake sequence. We developed a site-specific normalized peak ground acceleration threshold for liquefaction triggering and new constitutive equations to help paleoseismologists work out the relative intensities of earthquake PGAs from sand blows in the geologic record. Pretty sweet!

2. Quigley, M., Van Dissen, R., Litchfield, N., Villamor, P., Duffy, B., Barrell, D., Furlong, K., Stahl, T., Bilderback, E., Noble, D. (2012) Surface rupture during the 2010 Mw 7.1 Darfield (Canterbury, New Zealand) earthquake: implications for fault rupture dynamics and seismic-hazard analysis, Geology 40 (1) 4p.

– This paper is the defining work on the physical characteristics of the Greendale Fault surface rupture. It represents a lot of hard work by a lot of awesome scientists, including four of my postgraduate students at the time (in italics) and a great group of my current collaborators from GNS Science. The surface rupture in this earthquake was really short (only 29 km) and the offsets were really large (up to 5.3 m) for a Mw 7.1 earthquake when compared to global data compilations. You’ll have to read the paper to find out what we think about this…

3. Quigley, M., Duffy, B., Woodhead, J., Hellstrom, J., Moody, L., Horton, T., Soares, J., Fernandes, L. (2012) U-Pb dating of a terminal Pliocene coral from the Indonesian Seaway, Marine Geology, 311-314, 57-62.

– This paper was a lot of hard work. First you fly to Timor, then you travel hours on some crazy mountain roads through the jungle, then you log a stratigraphic section from some slippery outcrops of Pliocene sedimentary sequence below snake-infested cliffs and above a crocodile-infested river, then you extract some rare, fragile detrital coral from the section and manage to get it back to New Zealand, then you conduct careful geochemistry and geochronologic analyses, and finally you write the paper. Fortunately we were able to obtain a U-Pb age from a detrital coral (the first such date from Indonesia and third published globally at the time), leaving open the possibilities for more precise dating of marine sedimentary sequences, and tying paleooceanographic changes and submarine co-seismic deposits to reliable chronologic data.

4. Quigley, M., Clark, D., Sandiford, M., 2010, Tectonic geomorphology of Australia, Geological Society London Special Publication 346 ‘Australian landscapes’, p. 243-265.

– This paper represents the crux of my Ph.D. and post-doctoral work with Prof. Mike Sandiford at the University of Melbourne, who remains my most inspirational colleague. In it we summarize the various ways, both qualitatively and quantitatively, that the plate geodynamics and active intraplate crustal deformation in the Australian continent influence the geomorphology of this unique landscape. We show that in situ bedrock erosion rates do not correlate with contemporary temperature or climate data, but the mean and standard deviation of bedrock erosion rates increases with increasing seismic strain rate; a relationship we attribute primarily to the effect of earthquakes on in situ bedrock fracturing (which enables erosional processes to be more effective) and co-seismic bedrock landsliding.

5. Quigley, M., Cupper, M., Sandiford, M., 2006, Quaternary faults of south-central Australia: palaeoseismicity, slip rates and origin, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 53, 285-301.

– This was my first, first-author paper. What a great feeling, when you first get emailed that nice shiny proof of the article with your name at the top! I learned a lot about scientific writing by writing and re-writing sentences many times in this manuscript, and that was before the reviewers got to it. For all you grad students, take heart, it does get easier!

My completed reviewing duties

Tectonics (3)

Geology (1)

Quaternary Science Reviews (1)

Tectonophysics (8)

Geological Society America Bulletin (3)

Bulletin Seismological Society of America (1)

Geomorphology (3)

Gondwana Research (1)

Progress in Physical Geography (2)

New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics (1)

New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (1)

Geosphere (1)

Lithosphere (1)

Journal of Geophysical Research (1)

Geological Society of America Special Publications (1)