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Dr. Bartlow photo

Dr. Noel Bartlow is an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Her areas of specialty are earthquake physics and crustal deformation. All photos taken during research related travel.

Research Projects

Click on a figure to read more about each project. You can also check out my Google Scholar page here.


Cascadia ETS

   MS Students:

    Ryan Yohler

    Nick Benz

   Undergraduate Researcher:

    Amrit Bal

Prospective Students

Students may work with me for either an MS or a PhD degree.  Opportunities vary from year to year. For info about applying to our graduate program please see Possible topics of research include slow slip events, subduction zone mechanics, earthquake hazard estimation, and GPS geodesy. I maintain ongoing research collaborations with GNS Science New Zealand, and with the Rock Physics group at the U.S. Geological Survey. Most of my projects involve physical models applied to geophysical data, so my students need to have a solid foundation in math and physics, with some computer programming experience. Students who come from backgrounds other than geology, such as math, physics, or computer science are welcome.

I strive to maintain an active, collaborative research group. Collaboration is also encouraged with other students and professors within the department. Our department has four faculty members (including myself) working on solid earth geology and geophysics, and some research topics may overlap between our research groups. I also maintain a set of group guidelines that I expect my students to adhere to. The guidelines are available here. To introduce yourself or ask about potential opportunities, please contact me at bartlowno (at)

   Curriculum Vitae (abbreviated)

   Dr. Bartlow's full CV can be downloaded here (pdf).

   Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Missouri
Jan 2016 - present

Miles Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA
 Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

NSF EAPSI fellow, GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Analyzed slow slip on the Hikurangi margin using GeoNet GPS data
June - August 2012

USGS Rock Mechanics laboratory, Menlo Park, CA
Conducted laboratory triaxial loading tests on Westerly granite with pore fluid under oscillatory loading


Ph.D., Geophysics, Stanford University
Dissertation: The physics of slow slip, tremor, and associated seismicity from geodetic and laboratory studies
Principally advised by Prof. Paul Segall, with research conducted in part at the US Geological Survey Rock mechanics laboratory supervised by Dr. David Lockner, and at GNS Science supervised by Dr. R. John Beavan

B.S. Physics Carnegie Mellon University 2007


Wallace, L. M., N. M. Bartlow, I. Hamling, and B. Fry (2014). Quake clamps down on slow slip. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2014GL062367.

Wech, A. G. and N. M. Bartlow (2014). Slip rate and tremor genesis in Cascadia. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2013GL058607.
Bartlow, N. M., L. M. Wallace, R. J. Beavan, S. Bannister, and P. Segall (2014). Time-dependent modeling of slow slip events and associated seismicity and tremor at the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand. J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2013JB010609.

Bartlow, N. M., D. Lockner, and N. M. Beeler (2012). Laboratory triggering of stick-slip  events by oscillatory loading in the presence of pore fluid with implications for physics of tectonic tremor. J.Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2011GL048714.

Bartlow, N. M., S. Miyazaki, A. M. Bradley, and P. Segall (2011). Space-time correlation of slip and tremor during the 2009 Cascadia slow slip event. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2011GL048714.

Contact Prof. Bartlow

email: BartlowNo (at)

office: Geological Sciences building, room 204

phone: (573) 882-0876

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