Current Research

With Libby Gans, I wrote Roadside Geology of Southern California, published by Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana, January 2016. 

With Allen Glazner and Libby Gans, I am revising an updating a second edition of Geology Underfoot in Southern California, to be published by Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana

I maintain low level monitoring of erosion and retreat of the UCSB beach cliffs.

With Steffen Bergh, I am studying the fine-scale structures and their evolution along the San Andreas fault in the Mecca Hills, Salton basin.

With Marc Mayes, I am studying the role and recent history of debris basins in the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District.

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Recent Publications

Sylvester, A.G., W. S. Wise, J. Hastings, and L. Moyer, 2012. Geology of the North Lake Tahoe - Donner Pass region, northern Sierra Nevada, California. California Geological Survey Map Sheet 60, scale 1:48,000. A digital version is here: http://www.quake.ca.gov/gmaps/MS/ms_60/tahoe_donner.html

Sylvester, A.G., and E.O. Gans, 2016. Roadside Geology of Southern California. Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT. ISBN 9780878426539

Sylvester, A.G., and Gary Raines, 2017. Geology of the Independence Lake and Hobart Mills 7.5' Quadrangles, Nevada and Sierra Counties, California. California Geological Survey Map Sheet 63, scale 1:24,000.

Xu, Xiaohua, L. Ward, J. Jiang, B. Smith-Konter, E. Tymofyeyeva, X. Tong, E.O. Lindsey, A.G. Sylvester, and D.T. Sandwell, 2018. Surface creep rate of the southern San Andreas fault modulated by stress perturbations from nearby large events. Geophysical Research Letters 45 (19), 10,259-10,268.

 

Recent Abstracts

Bergh, S., A.G. Sylvester, A. Damte, and K. Indrevær, 2014. Evolving transpressional strain fields along the San Andreas fault in southern California: Implications for fault branching, fault dip segmentation and strain partitioning. European Geophysical Union General Assembly, 2014-2966.

Sylvester, A.G., and G.L. Raines, 2014. New geologic map of the Independence Lake and Hobart Mills 7.5' quadrangles, Truckee area, northern Sierra Nevada, California. Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Sections Joint Meeting, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 46 (5), 90.

Sylvester, A. G., 2016. Sea cliff retreat: Campus and Isla Vista Beaches, Santa Barbara, California, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 48 (4).

Mayes, M., A.G. Sylvester, and K. Caylor, 2018. Drone (sUAS) imagery of debris basin infrastructure supports watershed-scale assessment and preparation for changing flood and geologic hazards in Santa Barbara, California (poster). Joint Session, Cordilleran and Rocky Mountain Divisions, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs 50 (5), 68-3.