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Dr. Tom Bullard
Hourly Associate Research Professor

Professional Interests

Dr. Bullard joined DRI in 1997 and has more than 25 years of academic and professional experience in basic and applied research in geology and geomorphology related to landscape evolution, fluvial system behavior, geologic hazards and hazardous waste disposal that includes: soils-geomorphic applications to landscape evolution in arid, semi-arid, alpine, and tropical regions; applied tectonic geomorphology research on blind thrust faults for earthquake hazard assessment; landslide investigations; fluvial geomorphology; geoarchaeology. Research field areas include the southeast, southwest and western United States, Alaska, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Philippines.

Research Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Applied Geomorphology
  • Fluvial Adjustments
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geomorphology and Surficial Processes
  • History of Landform Development
  • Landform Analysis and Characterization
  • Landscape Stability
  • Natural Hazards Prediction
  • Tectonic Geomorphology

Recent Projects

Education

Degree Year Institution Area
Ph.D. 1995 University of New Mexico Earth and Planetary Sciences
M.S. 1985 University of New Mexico Geology
B.A. 1972 The Colorado College Anthropology

Keywords

Quaternary geology, Quaternary geomorphology, geoarchaeology, tectonic geomorphology, soils, landscape evolution, landscape stability, geologic hazards, geohazards

 

Publications
2020
Bacon, S. N., Bullard, T. F., Keen-Zebert, A. K., Jayko, A. S., Decker, D. L. (2020). Spatiotemporal patterns of distributed slip in southern Owens Valley indicated by deformation of late Pleistocene shorelines, eastern California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 132 (7/8), 1681-1703, 10.1130/B35247.1
2015
Bullard, T. F., Bacon, S. N. (2015). Geomorphic research at the Idaho Power Company, Bancroft Springs Cultural Resources Research Locale, Snake River, Idaho – Phase II: Stratigraphy, soils, and numerical age dating, Submitted.
2014
Drollinger, H. D., Holz-Montemayor, B., Bullard, T. F., Ashbaugh, L. J., Griffin, W. R., Goldenberg, N. G. (2014). A Historical Evaluation of the U15 Complex, Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada
2013
Jones, R. C., Drollinger, H. D., Bullard, T. F., Ashbaugh, L. J., Griffin, W. R. (2013). A Historical Evaluation of the U16a Tunnel, Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada
2011
Häusler, H., Mang, R. (Eds.) Bullard, T. F., Bacon, S. N., Canonne, P., Smith, J. N., Queen, C. R., Ruehlen, L., Ormond, J. (2011). Geology, Geomorphology, and the Vertical Dimension of the World War II Battlefield, In International Handbook, Military Geography Volume 2, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Military Geosciences, 99-107, Arbeitsgemeinschaft TRUPPENDIENST,: Ministry of Defence and Sports, Vienna, June 15, 2009-June 19, 2009
Drollinger, H. D., Jones, R. C., Bullard, T. F., Ashbaugh, L. J., Griffin, W. R. (2011). A Historical Evaluation of the U12n Tunnel, Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada
2010
Boettinger, J., Howell, D., Moore, A., Hartemink, A., Kienast-Brown, S. (Eds.) Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2010). Predictive soil maps based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest, In Digital soil mapping: bridging research, production, and environmental application, 409-419, Springer: The Netherlands
2009
Drollinger, H. D., Jones, R. C., Bullard, T. F., Ashbaugh, L. J., Griffin, W. R. (2009). A Historical Evaluation of the U12t Tunnel, Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada
2005
Maholland, B., Bullard, T. F. (2005). Sediment-related road effects on stream channel networks in an Eastern Sierra Nevada watershed, Journal of the Nevada Water Resources Association, 2 (2), 57-70, Nevada Water Resources Association: Reno, NV
Johnson, W. G., Sharpe, S. E., Bullard, T. F., Lupo, K. (2005). Characterizing a First Occurrence of Bison Deposits in Southeastern Nevada, Western North American Naturalist, 65 (1), 24-35: Provo, UT
Young, M. H., Adams, K. D., Mizell, S. A., Chen, L., Bullard, T. F., Grant, S. (2005). Technical Report: Assessment and Improvement of Hydraulic Characterization of Alluvial Fans to Support Estimates of Recharge and Initial Abstraction, DRI Report No. 41218
2002
Bullard, T. F. (2002). Geomorphic history and fluvial responses to active tectonics and climate change in an uplifted forearc region, Pacific coast of southern Costa Rica, Central America, Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, N.F., Suppl. Bd. 129, 1-29, Gebruder Borntraeger: Berlin-Stuttgard
2001
McGraw, D. S., McKay, A., Duan, G., Bullard, T. F., Minor, T. B., Kuchnicki, J. (2001). Water Quality Assessment and Modeling of the California Portion of the Truckee River Basin, DRI Report No. 41170
1993
Bullard, T. F., Lettis, W. R. (1993). Quaternary Fold Deformation Associated with Blind Thrust Faulting, Los Angeles Basin, California, Journal of Geophysical Research, 98 (B5), 8349-8369, American Geophysical Union
1992
Gardner, T. W., Verdonck, D., Pinter, N. M., Slingerland, R., Furlong, K. P., Bullard, T. F., Wells, S. G. (1992). Quaternary Uplift Astride the Aseismic Cocos Ridge, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 104, 219-232, Geological Society of America
1988
Wells, S. G., Bullard, T. F., Menges, C. M., Drake, P. G., Kelson, K. I., Ritter, J. B., Wesling, J. R. (1988). Regional Variations in Tectonic Geomorphology along a Segmented Convergent Plate Boundary, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Geomorphology, 1, 239-265, Elsevier Science Publishers
1987
Menges, C. M., Wells, S. G., Bullard, T. F. (1987). Morphometry of Tectonic Landscapes Along a Convergent Plate Boundary, Pacific Coast of Costa RicaCentral America and the Caribbean, In Geomorphic Systems of North America, 373-385, Geological Society of America
1985
Ingersoll, R. V., Bullard, T. F., Ford, R. L., Pickle, J. D. (1985). The Effect of Grain Size on Detrital Modes: A Test of the Gazzi-Dickinson Point-Counting Method – Reply to Discussion of Lee J. Suttner and Abhijit Basu, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 55 (4), 617-618, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
Ingersoll, R. V., Bullard, T. F., Ford, R. L., Pickle, J. D. (1985). The Effect of Grain Size on Detrital Modes: A Test of the Gazzi-Dickinson Point-Counting Method – Reply to Discussion of John Decker and Kenneth P. Helmold, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 55 (4), 620-621, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
1984
Ingersoll, R. V., Bullard, T. F., Ford, R. L., Grimm, J. P., Pickle, J. D., Sares, S. W. (1984). The Effect of Grain Size on Detrital Modes: A Test of the Gazzi-Dickinson Point-Counting Method, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 54 (1), 103-116, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
Conference Proceedings
2015
Bullard, T. F., Bacon, S. N., Kimball, V. (2015). Geomorphic parameters for developing a hydrologic model to infer Holocene climate variability, middle Snake River near Bliss, Idaho, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
2014
Bacon, S. N., Adams, K. D., Bullard, T. F., Keen-Zebert, A. K., Decker, D. L. (2014). Sill Failure and Catastrophic Outburst Floods from Owens Lake, CA: Implications for Latest Pleistocene and Holocene Paleohydrology of the Owens River Drainage Basin, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, 46 (6), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting: Vancouver British Columbia, October 19, 2014-October 22, 2014, Paper No. 310-7
2009
Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2009). Predictive terrain hazard maps for military operations in the desert based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases [abstract], 14, 8th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Abstracts with Programs: Vienna, Austria, June 15, 2009-June 19, 2009
Bullard, T. F., Canonne, P., Bacon, S. N., Queen, C. R., Ormond, J. (2009). Geology, geomorphology, and the vertical dimension of the battlefield: First ever surrender of major ground force unit to an air force – Chateauroux Region, France, August – September 1944, 28, 8th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Abstracts with Programs: Vienna, Austria, June 15, 2009-June 19, 2009
McDonald, E. V., Bacon, S. N., Dalldorf, G., Bullard, T. F., Minor, T. B. (2009). Integrated desert terrain forecasting for military operations: Geologic basis for rapid predictive mapping of soils and terrain features, 92, 8th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Abstracts with Programs: Vienna, Austria, June 15, 2009-June 19, 2009
2008
Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2008). An expert based system to predict soil attributes using geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest USA [abstract], European Geological Union, EGU2008-A-10709; SSS25-1FR5P-0669, Abstract XY0669
Dalldorf, G., Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2008). Predictive soil maps based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest, 10 p., 3rd Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, Paper in Session 6.
2007
McDonald, E. V., Bassett, S., Bacon, S. N., Minor, T. B., Bullard, T. F. (2007). Integrated terrain forecasting for military operations: Predicting the location of critical soil conditions using geomorphic image analysis, 22, 7th International Conference on Military Geology and Geography: Quebec, Canada, June 18, 2007-June 21, 2007, Session 9 Soil and Technology, abstract and talk.
2006
McDonald, E. V., Bassett, S., Bacon, S. N., Minor, T. B., Bullard, T. F. (2006). Integrated desert terrain forecasting for military operations, 6 p., 25th Army Science Conference: Orlando, FL, November 27, 2006-November 30, 2006, Session O Environmental and Engineering Geosciences; OP-14, poster & short paper.
2000
Kuchnicki, J., Bullard, T. F., Duan, G., McGraw, D. S., Minor, T. B. (2000). Truckee River Watershed Assessment: Sediment Source Analysis in Support of a TMDL Delineation.: Monterey, CA
1993
Hanson, K. L., Bullard, T. F., de Wit, M. W., Stieve, A. L. (1993). Applications of Quaternary Stratigraphic, Soil-Geomorphic, and Quantitative Geomorphic Analyses to the Evaluation of Tectonic Activity and Landscape Evolution in the Upper Coastal Plain, South Carolina, 672-681, 4th DOE Natural Phenomena Hazards Mitigation Conference: Atlanta, Georgia, October 19, 1993-October 22, 1993
Other
1987
Anderholm, S. K., Bullard, T. F. (1987). Description of Piezometer Nests and Water Levels in the Rio Grande Valley near Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Geological Survey Open-File Report 87-122, 51 p., U.S. Geological Survey
1982
Wells, S. G., Bullard, T. F., Smith, L. N. (1982). Origin and Evolution of Deserts in the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau Provinces of Western North America, STRIAE, The Geological Story of the World’s Deserts, 17, 101-111, INQUA Commision for the Study of the Holocene: Moscow
1980
Miller, C. H., Ramirez, A. L., Bullard, T. F. (1980). Seismic Properties Investigation of the Springer Ranch Landslide, Powder River Basin, Wyoming, Geological Survey Professional Paper 1170-C, U.S. Geological Survey