J. Ryan Thigpen
CURRICULUM VITAE 

University of Kentucky
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
101 Slone Bldg, Lexington KY 40506-0053
ryan.thigpen@uky.edu 

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Geosciences 2009 – Virginia Tech
M.S. Earth and Planetary Sciences 2005 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S. Geology 2002 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Assistant Professor – University of Kentucky, Aug. 2015 to Present
Structural Geologist and Geomechanical Projects Lead - BP America, Aug. 2010 to June 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor - College of William and Mary, Aug. 2009 to Aug. 2010
Production Geologist Intern – BP America, May 2008 to Aug. 2008

FUNDING AND PROPOSALS
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
Doctoral New Investigator Proposal (requested amount $110,000; not funded, to be resubmitted Oct. 2016)
Testing fundamental mechanics of salt basin evolution using coupled thermomechanical finite-element modeling

 National Geographic Society Research Fund
Research proposal (requested amount $17,000; pending, submitted Feb. 2016)
Timing of Teton range uplift and its relationship to migration of the Yellowstone hotspot

National Science Foundation EAR Tectonics Program
Research proposal (requested amount $303,000; pending, submitted July 2016)
Testing coupling between upper and lower crustal processes in an exhumed orogenic channel

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS (7 published, 5 as first author; 3 accepted, 1 in revision, 1 in prep)
Brown, S.J., Thigpen, J.R, Spotila, J.A., Krugh, W. & Tranel, L, & Orme, D. in revision. Basin and Range vs. Yellowstone Hotspot: A multi-method thermochronological approach to understanding the complex evolution of the Teton Range, Wyoming: Tectonics.

 Thigpen, J.R., Ashley, K.T. & Law, R.D. accepted. Evaluating kinematic displacement rate effects on transient thermal processes in thrust belts using coupled thermomechanical finite-element models. In: Law, R.D., Thigpen, J.R., Merschat, A.J., Stowell, H., & Bailey, C.M. (eds) Linkages and feedbacks in orogenic systems: Geological Society of America Memoir.

 Ashley, K.T., Law, R.D. & Thigpen, J.R. accepted. Garnet morphology distribution in the northern part of the Moine Supergroup, Scottish Caledonides: Journal of Metamorphic Geology.

Thigpen, J.R. & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. accepted. The Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the western Blue Ridge, southern Appalachians: A critical review of longstanding conflicts in a polydeformed system. In: Law, R.D., Thigpen, J.R., Merschat, A.J., Stowell, H., & Bailey, C.M. (eds) Linkages and feedbacks in orogenic systems: Geological Society of America Memoir.

Thigpen, J.R., Hatcher, R.D., Jr., Kah, L.C., Repetski, J.E. & Fullagar, P.D. 2016. Reevaluating the age and tectonic evolution of the Walden Creek Group, western Blue Ridge, southern Appalachians, USA: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the kinematics and structure of the western Blue Ridge foothills: American Journal of Science 316, 279-308.

Ashley, K.T., Thigpen, J.R. & Law, R.D. 2015. Prograde evolution of the Scottish Caledonides and tectonic implications: Lithos 224-225, 160-178.

Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D. Loehn, C.L., Strachan, R., Tracy, R.J., Lloyd, G.E., Roth, B.L., & Brown, S.J. 2013. Thermal structure and tectonic evolution of the Scandian orogenic wedge, Scottish Caledonides: Integrating geothermometry, deformation temperatures, and conceptual thermal-kinematic models. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 31, 813-842.

Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D., Lloyd, G.E., Brown, S.J. & Cook, B. 2010. Deformation temperatures, vorticity of flow, and strain symmetry in the Loch Eriboll region, NW Scotland: Implications for the kinematic and structural evolution of the northernmost Moine thrust zone. In: Law, R.D., Butler, R.W.H., Holdsworth, R., Krabbendam, M. & Strachan, R. (eds) Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building – The Legacy of Peach and Horne: Geological Society Special Publications 335, 623-662, London.

Thigpen, J.R. Law, R.D., Lloyd, G.E., & Brown, S.J. 2010. Deformation temperatures, vorticity of flow, and strain in the Moine thrust zone: Reassessing the tectonic evolution of the Scandian foreland-hinterland transition zone. Journal of Structural Geology 32, 920-940. 

Law, R.D., Mainprice, D.H., Casey, M., Lloyd, G.E., Knipe, R.J., Cook, B. & Thigpen, J.R. 2010. Moine thrust zone mylonites at the Stack of Glencoul I – microstructures, strain and influence of recrystallization on quartz crystal fabric development. In: Law, R.D., Butler, R.W.H., Holdsworth, R., Krabbendam, M. & Strachan, R. (eds) Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building – The Legacy of Peach and Horne: Geological Society Special Publications 335, 543-577, London.

Thigpen, J.R. & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. 2009. Digital geologic map of the southern Appalachian Blue Ridge and adjacent Valley and Ridge in southeast Tennessee, southwest North Carolina, and northern Georgia. Geological Society of America Maps and Charts Series, MCH097F.

Thigpen, J.R. & Law, R.D. in prep. Orogenic processes: a review. In: Law, R.D., Thigpen, J.R., Merschat, A.J., Stowell, H., & Bailey, C.M. (eds) Linkages and feedbacks in orogenic systems: Geological Society of America Memoir.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Thigpen, J.R., Merschat, A.J. & Brown, S.J. 2014. Linkages and feedbacks in orogenic systems: A Geological Society of America Penrose Conference honoring the career of Robert D. Hatcher, Jr, Conference Field Guide and Technical Program: Geological Society of America, Boulder.

Thigpen, J.R., Merschat, A.J. & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. 2014. Taking the lid off an ancient orogenic system: Fundamental orogenic processes and their associated linkages in the polydeformed southern Appalachians, USA, in Thigpen, J.R., Merschat, A.J. & Brown, S.J. (eds) Linkages and feedbacks in orogenic systems: A Geological Society of America Penrose Conference honoring the career of Robert D. Hatcher, Jr, Conference Field Guide and Technical Program: Geological Society of America, Boulder.

Strachan, R. & Thigpen, J.R. 2007. Field Excursion Guide for the Peach and Horne Centennial Meeting on Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building: Geological Society, London.

Law, R.D., Thigpen, J.R. & Cook, B. 2007. Mylonites associated with the Moine thrust at the Stack of Glencoul: Field Excursion C. In: Strachan, R. & Thigpen, J.R. (eds) Field Excursion Guide for the Peach and Horne Centennial Meeting on Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building. Geological Society, London.

Law, R.D. & Thigpen, R. 2006.  Summer Field Meeting in the Northwest of Scotland.  Excursion for Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, University of Pissa, Italy.

Hatcher, R.D., Jr., Merschat, A.J. & Thigpen, J.R. 2005. Blue Ridge Primer. In: Hatcher, R.D., Jr. & Merschat, A.J. (eds) Blue Ridge Geology Geotraverse East of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Western North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey, Carolina Geological Society Annual Field Trip Guidebook, 1-24.

INDUSTRY RESEARCH PROJECTS
Project lead - 3D FE modeling of complex geo-structure to improve drilling predictions and depletion planning
Project lead - 2D FE modeling of salt/sediment evolution to evaluate reservoir deformation and stress states
Co-investigator - Developing predictive kinematic/geometric seismic interpretation methods
Co-investigator - Integrating thrust belt restorations and basin (Temis) models

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Conferences Organized
Lead convener – Geological Society of America Penrose Conference - Linkages and feedbacks in orogenic systems: a conference honoring the career of Robert D. Hatcher Jr (March 30-April 4, 2014)

Committees
Chair (2013) and industry member-at-large (2011-2014), GSA Membership and Fellowship Committee; Industry member-at-large, GSA-AAPG Publication Pipeline Committee (2014-) 

Reviewing Duties
Geological Society of America Bulletin; Geological Society of America Special Publications; GSA Geosphere; GSA Geology; Journal of Structural Geology; Journal of the Geological Society, London; Geological Society, London, Special Publications

 SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Circle of Distinction for Technical Excellence – British Petroleum (2014)
Field Trip Leader - VT Centennial Anniversary, Virginia Blue Ridge (2007)
Field Trip Co-Leader - Continental Tectonics Peach and Horne Meeting, NW Scotland (2007)
Highest Graduate GPA Award - UTK Earth and Planetary Sciences (2004)
George D. Swingle Fellowship for Outstanding Field Research - UTK Earth and Planetary Sciences (2004)
Outstanding Student Presentation - UTK Earth and Planetary Sciences (2004)
Invited Participant - Exxon Mobil Basin Analysis Short Course (2004)
Field Trip Co-Leader - International Basement Tectonics Conference (2004)
Recipient, USGS EDMAP Mapping Grant - UTK Earth and Planetary Sciences (2004)
Field Trip Leader - AGI Executive Committee Meeting (2003)
Don Jones Field Camp Scholarship - UTK Earth and Planetary Sciences (2002)

GRADUATE STUDENT GRANTS RECEIVED
Byron Nelson Cooper Memorial Graduate Fellowship 2008
Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research 2007
Wallace D. Lowry Geosciences Endowed Graduate Scholarship 2007

TEACHING

Course Title                                                                          University/Industry        Term

Basin Analysis (EES 652)                                                     UK EES                        Fall 2015

Subsurface Integrated Fundamentals, CO-UT                     BP                                 Spring 13 to present

Understanding Reservoir Deformation, CA-NV-UT*         BP                                  Fall 12 to present

21C Structural Geology**                                                   BP                                  Spring 11 to present

Earth Structure and Dynamics (GEOL 323)                       William and Mary          Spring 10

Advanced Structure and Tectonics Seminar (GEOL 425)    William and Mary          Fall 09

Earths Environmental Systems (GEOL 110)                        William and Mary         Fall 09 & Spring 10

Vorticity and Strain Symmetry Short Course***                   UT Knoxville                Fall 06

Structural Geology (GEOS 3404)                                        Virginia Tech                 Spring-Fall 07 & Fall 05

Resources Geology (GEOS 1124)                                        Virginia Tech                 Spring 06

Earth Life and Time (GEOLOGY 102)                               UT Knoxville                Spring 05

Dynamic Earth (GEOLOGY 101)                                      UT Knoxville                Fall 03/Fall 04

*Co-lead instructor and course developer, **Lead instructor, ***Invited lecturer

STUDENT RESEARCH ADVISING
Andrew Laskowski (B.S. 2010, W&M) – 3D restoration of the Sugar Hollow Iapetan rift basin using strain and vorticity analysis, Blue Ridge, VA
Alexandra Snell (B.S. 2010, W&M) co-advised – Constraining the deformational geometry of the Yavapai-Mazatzal orogeny using 3D strain analysis in the Proterozoic Vallecito conglomerate, southwestern Colorado
Meaghan McNeil (B.S. 2009, VT) - Kinematic evolution of the Brevard fault zone near Rosman, NC
Justin G. Ohlshlager (B.S. 2008, VT) - Kinematic evolution of the Brevard fault zone near Rosman, NC
Paul M. Betka (B.S. 2006, VT) co-advised - Structural evolution of the Sauratown Mountain quartzites

FIELDWORK
- Northwest Scotland (2 weeks)                                                                               2016
- Grand Teton National Park/Bridger Teton National Forest (2 weeks)                    2016
- Eastern Mexico (2 weeks)                                                                                      2013
- South Texas Eagleford (2 weeks)                                                                            2013
- Northwest Scotland (1 month)                                                                              2009
- Grand Teton National Park/Bridger Teton National Forest (2 months)                 2008
- Virginia and North Carolina Blue Ridge/Piedmont(1 months)*                           2007
- Northwest Scotland (3 months)**                                                                         2007
- Northwest Scotland (3 months)**                                                                         2006
- Blue Ridge basement complex, NE Tennessee (1 month)                                      2005
- Citico/Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area (5 months)***                              2004
- Citico/Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area (8 months)***                              2003
- Mt. Vernon, TN (2 months)****                                                                           2002

*Undergraduate advising, **Ph.D. Project, ***M.S. Project, ****Senior thesis project

SELECTED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
Thigpen, J.R., Ashley, K.T. & Law, R.D. 2015. Understanding kinematic displacement rate effects on transient thermal processes: A comparison of analytical (Ti-diffusion) and numerical (finite-element) solutions to footwall heating in thrust belts. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.

 Ashley, K.T., Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D. & Caddick, M.J. 2014. Decompressional garnet growth during prograde metamorphism: Implications for tectonic reconstructions in NW Scotland. Linkages and Feedbacks in Orogenic Systems, Geological Society of America Penrose Conference.

 Ashley, K.T., Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D. & Caddick, M.J. 2013. Decompressional garnet growth during prograde metamorphism in Caledonian thrust sheets, NW Scotland. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 45, 742.

Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D., Roth, B.L., Strachan, R., Lloyd, G.E., & Brown, S.J. 2010. Examination of vorticity at different crustal levels: a case study from the Moine thrust zone, NW Scottish Caledonides. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 42, 149.

*Laskowki, A., Thigpen, J.R., & Bailey, C.M., Jr. 2010. 3D restoration of the Neoproterozoic Sugar Hollow rift basin using strain and vorticity analysis, Blue Ridge, central Virginia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 42, 150.

Roth, B.L., Law, R.D., Thigpen, J.R. & Brown, S.J. 2010. Integrated strain, petrofabric and vorticity analysis of Moine thrust footwall mylonites in the northern part of the Assynt window, NW Scotland. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 42, 149. 

Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D., Tracy, R.J., Strachan, R., Lloyd, G.E., Loehn, C. & Brown, S.J. 2009. Understanding the preservation of an inverted metamorphic progression, Scottish Caledonides: Integrating quantitative structural, kinematic, and metamorphic data. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, 691. 

Brown, S.J., Spotila, J.A., Tranel, L.M., Krugh, W.C., Carrapa, B. & Thigpen, J.R. 2009. Combining apatite (U-Th)/He and fission-track dating: Implications for differential uplift of the Teton Range and initiation of the Teton fault, Wyoming. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 41, 54.

Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D., Lloyd, G.E. & Butler, R.W.H. 2008. Kinematic coupling between hinterland and foreland deformation in the northern Moine thrust zone, NW Scotland. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 513.

Thigpen, J.R. 2008. Field relationships and geochronological data: Implications for 3-D model results of Neoproterozoic deposition and the Paleozoic structural evolution of the western Blue Ridge, southern Appalachians. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 19.

Law, R.D., Thigpen, J.R., Cook, B. & Searle, M.P. 2008. Kinematic coupling between hinterland and foreland deformation in convergent orogens. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 513.

*Prince, P.S., Thigpen, J.R., Henika, W.S., Ohlschlager, J.G., McNeil, M. & Law, R.D. 2008. Characterization of 3-D vorticity and strain symmetry in the southern Appalachian Inner Piedmont: an exhumed orogenic hinterland. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 65. 

*Henika, W.S., Thigpen, J.R., Prince, P.S., McNeil, M., Ohlschlager, J.G., Loehn, C.W. & Law, R.D. 2008. Vorticity, strain symmetry, and monazite geochronology of the Bowens Creek fault zone, northeastern Inner Piedmont, southern Appalachians, Virginia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 18. 

Brown, S.J., Spotila, J.A., Thigpen, J.R. & Tranel, L.M. 2008. Refining the temporal and spatial evolution of the Teton Range, Wyoming, from integrated apatite (U-Th)/He and structural analyses. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 148. 

*Ohlschlager, J.G., McNeil, M., Thigpen, J.R., Prince, P.S., Henika, W.S. & Law, R.D. 2008. Microstructural and kinematic investigations of the Brevard fault zone near Rosman, NC: Implications for material movement oblique to orogenic strike. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 40, 10. 

Thigpen, J.R., Law, R.D. & Brown, S.J. 2007. 3-D strain symmetry and vorticity of flow along the Moine thrust, NW Scotland: Implications for thrust sheet evolution at mid-crustal levels. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 39, 94. 

Thigpen, J.R. & Law, R.D. 2007. Vorticity of flow along the Moine thrust zone from Whiten Head to northern Assynt, NW Scotland. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 39, 236.

Thigpen, J.R. & Law, R.D. 2007. Influence of strain symmetry and vorticity of flow on thrust sheet evolution at mid-crustal levels: An example from the Moine thrust, NW Scotland. In: Butler, R., Holdsworth, R.E., Krabbendam, M. & Law, R. (eds) Peach and Horne Centennial Meeting on Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building, May 12th-May 20th, Ullapool, Scotland.

Thigpen, J.R. & Law, R.D. 2007. New digital geologic map of the Moine thrust zone from Loch Eriboll to Knockan Crag. In: Butler, R., Holdsworth, R.E., Krabbendam, M. & Law, R. (eds) Peach and Horne Centennial Meeting on Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building, May 12th-May 20th, Ullapool, Scotland.

Thigpen, J.R. 2006. 3-D Depositional and structural evolution of the western Blue Ridge: Implications for pre-orogenic basement and cover geometry controlling major Paleozoic faulting. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 38, 415.

Thigpen, J.R. & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. 2006. Detailed geologic mapping southwest of GSMNP, western Blue Ridge: Implications for the stratigraphy and structure of the Ocoee Supergroup. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 38, 66.

Thigpen, J.R., Hatcher, R.D., Jr., & Settles, D.J. 2006. Digital geologic map of the southern Appalachian Blue Ridge and adjacent Valley and Ridge in southeast Tennessee, southwest North Carolina, and northern Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 38, 78.

Repetski, J.E., Hatcher, R.D., Jr., Southworth, C.S., & Thigpen, J.R. 2006. Conodonts from the Walden Creek Group, southeastern Tennesee. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 38, 66.

Stahr, D.W., Thigpen, J.R., & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. 2005. Polydeformed Proterozoic basement in the Blue Ridge thrust complex of northeast Tennessee-northwest North Carolina; Part II, Insights gained from micro-and mesostructural analysis of a Grenvillian shear zone. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 37, 36.

Thigpen, J.R. & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. 2004. New digital geologic map of the western Blue Ridge, SE Tennessee, SW North Carolina, northern Georgia: a tool for regional analysis of the Ocoee basin. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 36, 503.

Thigpen, J.R. & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. 2004. Stratigraphic (age and position) and structural problems in the Ocoee basin. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 36, 91.

Hatcher, R.D., Jr., Merschat, A.J., Gatewood, M.P. & Thigpen, J.R. 2004. The Appalachian Inner Piedmont: An Exhumed Orogenic Channel. In: Searle, M.P., Law, R.D. & Godin, L. (convenors) Programme and abstracts for conference on: Channel Flow, Ductile Extrusion and Exhumation of Lower-mid crust in Continental Collision zones, 6th-7th December 2004, Geological Society, London. 

Whisner, J.B., Hatcher, R.D., Jr., Merschat, A.J., Bultman, J.G., Evenick, J.C., Gatewood, M.P., Stahr, D.W., Thigpen, J.R., Whitmer, E.N. & Wilson, C.G. 2004. 3D reconstruction of Alleghanian structure of the Appalachian foreland fold-thrust belt, NW Georgia to SW Virginia around the Tennessee salient. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 36, 139. 

Thigpen, J.R. & Hatcher, R.D., Jr. 2003. Structural and stratigraphic analysis of part of a Middle Ordovician syncline near Mt. Vernon, Tennessee. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 35, 24.

*Denotes undergraduate-graduate projects advised or co-advised by JRT