B.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1977
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1983

Call For Papers!
Special Issue of Geosphere:
“Origin of the
Sierra Nevada and Walker Lane”

Keith Putirka and
Cathy Busby, editors.
Burning Man Outreach:
of the Black Rock Desert
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NAGT 2012
National Association of Geoscience Teachers Far Western Section
Fall Conference
September 7-9, 2012
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of Cathy's PowerPoint lecture.
New Book!
Professor Cathy Busby's new book, Recent Advances in Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins , has been published by Wiley-Blackwell.
My research examines the tectonic evolution of continental margins by combining detailed geologic mapping of sedimentary and volcanic rocks and faults with a variety of laboratory techniques, including geochronology, geochemistry, petrography and paleomagnetics. This research is on a spectrum of topics, including volcanology, sedimentology, structural geology, petroleum geology, economic geology, geochemistry, and geothermal exploration.
My major project for the past decade focuses on the Cenozoic trantensional rifting along the Sierra Nevada range front and western Walker Lane belt in California and Nevada. A second active project focuses on the stratigraphic and structural setting of the largest Cenozoic silicic igneous province and epithermal mineral province on Earth: the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico. The most continuous strand of my research (since 1978) investigates the growth of continents at extensional arcs, in both continental and oceanic settings. Although most of my research funding has come from NSF, I have become increasingly attracted to work in geothermal exploration.