Associate Professor of Geosciences



Office: HAC


B.S. 1996 University of Rochester
M.Sc. 1999 University of Rochester
Ph.D 2002 University of Rochester


Structural Geology, Tectonics


(asterisk denotes undergraduate author)

2001    Ismat, Z., Mitra, G., Folding by cataclastic flow at shallow crustal levels in the Canyon                       Range, Sevier Orogenic Belt, west-central Utah. Journal of Structural Geology                                        23,  355-378.

2001    Mitra, G., Ismat, Z., Microfracturing associated with reactivated fault zones and shear                     zones: What   can it tell us about deformation history. Geological Society (London)                                 Special Publication 186, 113- 140.

2005    Ismat, Z., Mitra, G., Fold-thrust belt evolution expressed in an internal thrust sheet: the                   role of  cataclastic flow.  Geological Society of America Bulletin 117, 764-782.

2005    Ismat, Z., Mitra, G., Folding by cataclastic flow: Evolution of controlling factors during                     deformation.  Journal of Structural Geology 27, 2181-2203.

2007    Ismat, Z., Benford, B.*, Deformation in the core of a fold: Unraveling the kinematic                               evolution of  tight, multilayer folds developed in the upper crust. Journal of Structural                       Geology 29, 497-514.

2008    Ismat, Z., Folding kinematics expressed in fracture patterns: An example from the Anti-                 Atlas fold belt, Morocco. Journal of Structural Geology 30, 1396-1404.

2009    Ismat, Z., Energy budget during fold-tightening. Journal of Structural Geology (Special                   volume in honor of Rick Groshong and Richard Nickelsen) 39, 972-988.

2012    Ismat, Z., Evolution of Fracture Porosity and Permeability During Folding by                                           Cataclastic Flow: Implications for Syntectonic Fluid Flow.  Rocky Mountain Geology 47,                 133-155.

2013    Ismat, Z., Block supported cataclastic flow in the upper crust. Journal of Structural                          Geology 56, 118-128

2014    Sak, P., Gray, M. B., Ismat, Z., The Juniata Culmination and its significance in the                                  deformation history of the Pennsylvania Salient, Appalachian Mountains. Journal of                          Geology 122, 367-380.

2015    Ismat, Z., What can the dihedral angle of conjugate faults tell us? Journal of Structural                   Geology 73, 97-113.

2015    Ismat, Z., Toeneboehn, K.*, Deformation along a salient-transverse zone junction: An                       example from the Leamington transverse zone, Utah, Sevier fold-thrust belt (USA).                             Journal of Structural Geology 75, 69-79

2016    Ismat, Z., Toeneboehn, K.*, Kinematic history of a salient-recess junction explored                             through a combined approach of field data and analog sandbox modeling. JoVE, doi:                             10.3791/54318

 2016    Ismat, Z., Herbert, J.*, Deformation history expressed within the Juniata culmination.                    Pennsylvania Geology 46 (1), 4-15

2016    Ismat, Z., Riley, P.*, Lerback, J.*, What do fault patterns reveal about the latest phase of                     extension within the Northern Snake Range metamorphic core complex, Nevada, USA?.                  Journal of Structural Geology 89, 88-100