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Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Marine Geology and Geophysics
208B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8479
(845) 365-8156


Fields of interest: 
Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, Isostasy, Stratigraphic Modeling, Marine Geophysics

Some of projects include:

  • PIRE: Life On A Tectonically-Active Delta: Convergence Of Earth Science And Geohazard Research In Bangladesh With Education And Capacity ( details )
  • Collaborative Research: Uplift and faulting at the transition from subduction to collision - A field and modeling study of the Calabrian Arc ( details )
  • Collaborative Research: Basin Evolution along Continental Transforms: Nested Hi-Resolution Multichannel Survey in the Marmara Sea, Turkey (details)
  • Collision of the Burma Arc accretionary prism with the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta in Bangladesh
  • Modeling gravity filed and earth deformation from monsoonal flooding in Bangladesh using hydrographic, GRACE and GPS data
  • RAPID: Collaborative Research: Off-Shore Coseismic Effects Of The Port Au Prince Earthquake, Haiti (details)


List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. Thesis: The Thermal and Mechanical Evolution of Atlantic-type Continental Margins.
Columbia University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Honors & Awards: 
Arthur D. Storke Research Fellowship, DEES, Columbia University 1988
A.I. Levorsen Award (best paper, A.A.P.G. Eastern Section). 1980

Lamont Projects:

Lamont/DEES Student List: 
Luc Lavier (UTIG)
Dave Reynolds (Exxon)

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Selected Publications:

The Wicked Problem of Earthquake Hazard in Developing Countries Steckler, Michael S.; Stein, Seth; Akhter, Humayun; Seeber Leonardo EOS (2018)
A base-level stratigraphic approach to determining Holocene subsidence of the Ganges–Meghna–Brahmaputra Delta plain Grall, C.; Steckler, M. S.; Pickering, J. L.' Goodbred, S.; Sincavage, R.; Paola, C. Akhter, S. H.; Spiess, V. Science Direct (2018)
Locked and loading megathrust linked to active subduction beneath the Indo-Burman Ranges Steckler, Michael S.; Mondal, Dhiman Ranjan;Akhter, Syed Humayun; Seeber, Leonardo; Feng, Lujia; Gale, Jonathan; Hill, Emma M.; Howe, Michael Nature Geoscience (2016)
Modeling Earth Deformation from Monsoonal Flooding in Bangladesh using Hydrographic, GPS and GRACE Data Steckler, MS; Nooner, SL; Akhter, SH; Chowdhury, SK; Bettadpur, S; Seeber, L; Kogan, MG J Geophys Res (2010)
Spectroscopy of Sediments in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta: Spectral Effects of Moisture, Grain Size and Lithology Small, C; Steckler, M; Seeber, N; Akhter, H; Goodbred, S; Mia, B; Imam, B Remote Sensing of Environment Volume: 113 p.: 342-361 (2009)
Imaging the subducted slab beneath the Calabrian Arc, Italy, from receiver function analysis Piana Agostinetti, N; Steckler, M S; Lucente, F P Lithosphere - GSA Journal Volume: 1 p.: 131-138 (2009)
Collision of the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta with the Burma Arc: Implications for earthquake hazard Steckler, M. S.; Akhter, S. H.; Seeber, L. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Sep 15 Volume: 273 Issue: 3-4 p.: 367-378 (2008) DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.07.009
Modeling of sequence geometry north of Gargano Peninsula by changing sediment pathways in the Adriatic Sea Steckler, M. S.; Ridente, D.; Trincardi, F. Continental Shelf Research Feb 1 Volume: 27 Issue: 3-4 p.: 526-541 (2007) DOI 10.1016/j.csr.2006.11.007
Seismic anisotropy reveals focused mantle flow around the Calabrian slab (Southern Italy) Baccheschi, P.; Margheriti, L.; Steckler, M. S. Geophysical Research Letters Mar 3 Volume: 34 Issue: 5 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2006gl028899
Chapter IX: Prediction of margin stratigraphy Syvitski, J. P. M.; Pratson, L.; Wiberg, P.; Steckler, M.; Garcia, M.; Geyer, R.; Harris, C.; Hutton, E.; Imran, J.; Lee, H.; Morehead; M.; Parker, G. Continental-Margin Sedimentation: Transport to Sequence Volume: 37 p.: 459-530 (2007)