Texas A & M University
Department of Geology & Geophysics

Frederick M. Chester

2001 Texas A&M University Faculty Fellow
Professor of Geology & Geophysics

I research the mechanics of fracture and faulting, physics of the earthquake source, fault-rock fabrics, rock friction, fluid flow properties of fault zones, fluid-rock interaction during deformation, and constitutive modeling of the brittle-to-plastic transition through experimental rock deformation, field study, and theoretical modeling. My teaching interests include Earth System science, structural geology, geomechanics, experimental rock deformation, physics of the Earth's interior, and earthquake faulting.

Center for Tectonophysics and
Department of Geology & Geophysics,
M.T. Halbouty Building, Room 153
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3115
Office: (979)845-3296
FAX: (979)845-6162




Foliated cataclasite in the core of the San Gabriel fault, San Andreas System, California

Professional History


The Punchbowl fault zone in the Devil's Punchbowl Los Angeles County Park, California (Field guide available, Download)