Dr. Kevin Mickus' research involves the interpretation of gravity, magnetic and electromagnetic data for crustal and upper mantle structure plus for resources (mining, geothermal), environmental and archaeological applications.
His studies have included the Ouachita orogenic belt in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas; Precambrian boundaries in the Pacific NW; the Mojave extensional terrane in southern California and western Arizona; the east African Rift system in Ethiopia, Kenya and Botswana; the Atlas Mountains in Algeria and Tunisia; and volcanic fields in California, Antarctica and Arizona.
Environmental and archaeological applications include using gravity, DC-resistivity, electromagnetic and GPR data.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (4)
Fellow - Geological Society of America (professional)
College Research Award (professional)
Missouri State University, College of Natural and Applied Sciences
University Research Award (professional)
Missouri State University
University of Texas at El Paso: Ph.D., Geophysics 1989
University of Texas at Dallas: M.S., Geophysics 1985
University of Washington: B.S., Geology 1982
- Geological Society of America
- American Geophysical Union
- Society of Exploration Geophysicists
- European Association of Exploration Geophysicists
- Geological Society of Africa
- Society of Economic Geologists
Media Appearances (3)
Gravity: Our (non) constant companion
When you think of gravity you think of a nice constant tug, something unchanging. However, that is not really the case. In fact, scientists like Dr. Kevin Mickus, a geologist with Missouri State University, depend on changes in gravity to do their job. Dr. Mickus talks about gravity, how it changes, how he measures the changes and why he needs to know the results.
Earthquakes may seem like a distant problem to citizens of southwest Missouri. However, historical records do show evidence of strong seismic activity in Missouri’s past.
Flying South to Study the Heat in a Very Cold Spot
Cold and sunburned, Missouri State geology professor Dr. Kevin Mickus trudged with his fellow scientists through the snow and ice to study Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world.
Flying south to study the heat in a very cold spot
Cold and sunburned, Missouri State University professor Dr. Kevin Mickus trudged with his fellow scientists through the snow and ice to study Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world. It’s a long way from his home in Missouri, but the opportunity to apply his knowledge of geophysics in Antarctica was a unique and exciting opportunity – even if the conditions were extreme.
Zn mines are a common occurrence worldwide; and while approximately 240 mines are active, the vast majority have been abandoned for decades. Abandoned mining wastes represent a serious environmental hazard...
Most magmatic continental rifts are characterized by surficial expression of magma, which explains the role played by magma in softening the lithosphere in extensional environments, enhancing rifting...
Rifting incorporates the fundamental processes concerning the breakup of continental lithosphere and plays a significant role in the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins...
Three-dimensional density models derived from gravity data and two-dimensional resistivity models
derived from magnetotelluric data collected in the vicinity of the Coso geothermal field are analyzed
in order to determine the source region of the geothermal field.
Magnetic stripes parallel to mid-ocean ridges are one of the most signifi cant consequences of
seafl oor spreading, and have played an essential role in the establishment of the plate tectonics
theory and the determination of seafl oor spreading rates.
Aeromagnetic data were analyzed to determine the Curie point depth (CPD) by power density spectral and three-dimensional inversion methods within and surrounding Death Valley in southern California.