Walter A. Sullivan (Bill)

Associate Professor of Geology

Office: S G Mudd 206 [ campus map ]
Box 5803

Phone: 207-859-5803
Fax: 207-859-5868
Mailing Address:
5803 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8858
Sullivan, Walter A.


Ph.D. in Geology, University of Wyoming, 2007 M.S. in Geology, Virginia Tech, 2003 B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Concord University, 2001

Areas of Expertise

  • Structural geology
  • Microstructures
  • Quartz crystallographic fabrics
  • Deformation partitioning
  • Strain localization
  • 4-D evolution of mountain belts
  • Plate tectonics and structural geology of western North America

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
CH121 L ALab:Earth Systems Chem I
CH121 L BLab:Earth Systems Chem I
GE141 AEarth and Environment
GE331 APlate Tectonics

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
GE141Earth and Environment
GE231Structural Geology
GE331Plate Tectonics
GE334Mountain Belts

Current Research


Sullivan, W. A., *Boyd, A. S., and Monz, M. E.*, 2013, Strain localization in homogeneous granite near the brittle-ductile transition: A case study of the Kellyland fault zone, Maine, USA: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 56, p. 70–88.
Sullivan, W. A., and Beane, R. J., 2013, A new view of an old suture zone: Evidence for sinistral transpression in the Cheyenne belt: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 1319–1337.
Sullivan, W. A., 2013, L tectonites: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 50, p. 161–175.
Sullivan, W. A., Beane, R. J., *Beck, E. N., *Fereday, W. H., and *Roberts-Pierel, A. M., 2011, Testing the transpression hypothesis in the western part of the Cheyenne belt, Medicine Bow Mountains, southeastern Wyoming: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 46, p. 111–135.
Sullivan, W. A., and Beane, R. J., 2010, Asymmetrical quartz crystallographic fabrics produced during constrictional deformation: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, p. 1,430–1,443.
Sullivan, W. A., 2009, Kinematic significance of L tectonites in the footwall of a major terrane-bounding thrust fault, Klamath Mountains, California: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, p. 1,197–1,211.
Sullivan, W. A., 2008, Significance of transport-parallel strain variations in part of the Raft River shear zone, Raft River Mountains, Utah, USA: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 30, p. 138–158.
Sullivan, W. A., and Snoke, A. W., 2007, Comparative anatomy of core-complex development in the northeastern Great Basin, U.S.A.: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 42, p. 1–29.
Sullivan, W. A., and Law, R. D., 2007, Strain path partitioning in the transpressional White Mountain shear zone, California and Nevada: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 29, p. 583–598.
Sullivan, W. A., 2006, Structural significance of L tectonites in the eastern-central Laramie Mountains, Wyoming: Journal of Geology, v. 114, p. 513–531.
* Denotes undergraduate student author


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