Nicholas Christie-Blick

Educated in Britain, and groomed at a plate boundary, Christie-Blick’s research deals with sedimentation processes, crustal deformation, and deep-time Earth history – currently with emphasis on the geology of the Neoproterozoic Earth. He is known also for his work in seismic and sequence stratigraphy, and the paradox of low-angle normal faulting. Christie-Blick teaches courses in sedimentary geology and tectonics, receiving the Best Teacher Award from both graduate and undergraduate students.

Fields of Interest

Sedimentation processes, crustal deformation, and deep-time Earth history


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979 (Geology)

B.A., University of Cambridge (King's College), UK, 1974 (Natural Sciences/Geology)

Honors & Awards

Dr Vikram Sarabhai Chair of the Indian National Science Academy (a speaking tour of Indian universities in February, 2020). Awarded in 2019. Presentation: “Unresolved issues in seismic and sequence stratigraphy.”

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005.

2003 Outstanding Paper in the Journal of Sedimentary Research, Stephen F. Pekar, Nicholas Christie-Blick, Kenneth G. Miller, and Michelle A. Kominz, “Quantitative constraints on the origin of stratigraphic architecture at passive continental margins: Oligocene sedimentation in New Jersey, U.S.A.” Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 73, p. 227-245. Awarded in 2005.

Best Teacher Award, selected by undergraduate students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University, 2010; and by graduate students in 1996 and 2008.

Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1995.