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Steven M. Cather

Steve in the field
Senior Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-5153 office
(575) 835-6333 fax

Education

  • Ph.D. Geology
    The University of Texas at Austin, 1986
  • M.A. Geology
    The University of Texas at Austin, 1980
  • B.S. Geology
    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1976
    California State University, Northridge, 1971-1974

Professional Experience

  • New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (September 1987 to February 2019).  Field Geologist (Senior Field Geologist as of 1996) and Adjunct Faculty at New Mexico Tech.  Field-oriented stratigraphic, structural, and tectonic research.
  • New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center and New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Split appointment; August 1986 to September 1987).  Postdoctoral Fellow.  Diagenesis research.
  • New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (January 1986-August 1986). Consultant.  Diagenetic studies of tight gas sands.
  • Geoscience Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (January 1986 to May 1986).  Sabbatical Leave Replacement for Dr. J. MacMillan.
  • New Mexico Bureau of Mines, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (February 1980 to October 1980).  Field Geologist.  Coal evaluation mapping.
  • Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (September 1977 to May 1983). Teaching Assistant.
  • Houston Oil and Minerals Corporation (May 1977 to August 1977).  Uranium Exploration Geologist.
  • Kerr-McGee Corporation (June 1976 to January 1977).  Uranium Grade-control Geologist.

Professional Societies

  • Geological Society of America
  • New Mexico Geological Society

Selected Publications

(see CV for a complete list)

  1. Chapin, C.E., and Cather, S.M., 1981, Eocene tectonics and sedimentation in the Colorado Plateau-Rocky Mountain area, in Dickinson, W.R. and Payne, W.D., eds., Relation of tectonics to ore deposits in the southern Cordillera: Arizona Geological Society Digest, v. 14, p. 173-198.  (Reprinted 1983 in Lowell, J.D., ed., Rocky Mountain foreland basins and uplifts: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, p. 33‒56).
  2. Cather, S.M., and Johnson, B.D., 1986, Eocene depositional setting and tectonic framework of west-central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, in Peterson, J.A., ed., Paleotectonics and sedimentation in the Rocky Mountain region: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Memoir 41, p. 623‒652.
  3. Cather, S.M., 1990, Stress and volcanism in the northern Mogollon-Datil field, New Mexico: Effects of the post-Laramide tectonic transition: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 102, p. 1447‒1458.
  4. Chapin, C.E., and Cather, S.M., 1994, Tectonic setting of the axial basins of the northern and central Rio Grande rift, in Keller, G.R., and Cather, S.M., eds., Basins of the Rio Grande rift: Structure, stratigraphy, and tectonic setting: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 291, p. 5‒25.
  5. Cather, S.M., Chamberlin, R.M., Chapin, C.E., and McIntosh, W.C., 1994, Stratigraphic consequences of episodic extension in the Lemitar Mountains, central Rio Grande rift, in Keller, G.R., and Cather, S.M., eds., Basins of the Rio Grande rift: Structure, stratigraphy, and tectonic setting:Geological Society of America Special Paper 291, p. 157‒170.
  6. Cather, S.M.., 1999, Implications of Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Proterozoic piercing lines for Laramide oblique-slip faulting in New Mexico and rotation of the Colorado Plateau: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 111, p. 849‒868.
  7. Cather, S.M., 2004, The Laramide orogeny in central and northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, in Mack, G.H., and Giles, K.A., eds.,  The Geology of New Mexico, A Geologic History: New Mexico Geological Society, Special Publication 11, p. 203‒248.
  8. Cather, S.M., Karlstrom, K.E., Timmons, J.M., and Heizler, M.T., 2006, Palispastic reconstruction of Proterozoic basement-related aeromagnetic features in north-central New Mexico: Implications for Mesoproterozoic to Late Cenozoic tectonism: Geosphere, v. 2, p. 299-323.
  9. Cather, S.M., Connell, S.D., Chamberlin, R.M., McIntosh, W.C., Jones, G.E., Potochnik, A.R., Lucas, S.G., and Johnson, P.S., 2008, The Chuska erg: paleogeomorphic and paleoclimatic implications of an Oligocene sand sea on the Colorado Plateau: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120, p. 13-33.
  10. Cather, S.M, Dunbar, N.W., McDowell, F.W., McIntosh, W.C., and Scholle, P.A., 2009, Climate forcing by iron fertilization from repeated ignimbrite eruptions: The icehouse-silicic large igneous province (SLIP) hypothesis: Geosphere, v. 5; p. 315‒324.
  11. Cather, S.M., Read, A.S., Dunbar, N.W., Kues, B.S., Krainer, K., Lucas, S.G., and Kelley, S.A., 2011, Provenance evidence for major post-Early Pennsylvanian dextral slip on the Picuris–Pecos fault, northern New Mexico: Geosphere, v. 7, p. 1175‒1193.
  12. Cather, S.M., Chapin, C.E., and Kelley, S.A., 2012, Diachronous episodes of Cenozoic erosion in southwestern North America and their relationship to surface uplift, paleoclimate, paleodrainage, and paleoaltimetry: Geosphere, v. 8, p. 1177‒1206.
  13. Chapin, C.E., Kelley, S.A., and Cather, S.M., 2014, Origin of the Rocky Mountain front: Geosphere, v. 10, p. 1043‒1060.
  14. Cather, S.M., 2018, Revised basin geometry of the Bursum Formation (upper Virgilian‒lower Wolfcampian), central New Mexico: New Mexico Geology, v. 40, p. 6‒16.