Mike Darin
Mike Darin

Assistant Professor
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

Business telephone: (775) 682-8751
Fax: (775) 784-1709
E-mail: mdarin@unr.edu


Ph.D.  Northern Arizona University, 2019
M.S.  University of Oregon, 2011
B.A.  University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Geologic Mapping
Structural Geology & Tectonics
Upper Crustal Deformation
Sedimentary & Volcanic Stratigraphy
Basin Analysis
Tectonic Reconstructions
Mobile and Desktop GIS

Professional Work Experience

2020–Present:  Assistant Professor, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
2019-2020:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon
2014-2017: Adjunct Instructor, School of Earth and Sustainability, Northern Arizona University
2013-2018: Adjunct Instructor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon
2012-2014: Exploration Geologist, ConocoPhillips Company

Courses Taught

GEOL 332 – Structural Geology & Tectonics
GEOL 451 – Summer Field Geology (capstone)

Selected Publications

Darin, M.H., and Umhoefer, P.J., 2022, Diachronous initiation of Arabia-Eurasia collision from eastern
Anatolia to the southeastern Zagros Mountains since middle Eocene time: International Geology
Review, v. 64, no. 18, p. 2653–2681, https://doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2022.2048272.
Darin, M.H., Armentrout, J.M., and Dorsey, R.J., 2022, Oligocene onset of uplift and inversion of the
Cascadia forearc basin, southern Oregon Coast Range, USA: Geology, v. 50, no. 5,
Dorsey, R.J., O’Connell, B., Gardner, K.K., Homan, M.B., Bennett, S.E.K., Thacker, J.O., and Darin,
, 2021, Tectonostratigraphic record of late Miocene–early Pliocene transtensional faulting in the eastern California shear zone, Southwestern USA: Geosphere, v. 17, 19 p,
Darin, M.H., and Umhoefer, P.J., 2020, Palaeogene stratigraphy and chronology of the western Sivas Basin, central Anatolia (Turkey): Tectono‐sedimentary evolution of a well‐preserved basin along the northern Neotethys suture zone: Basin Research, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12498.
Darin, M.H. and Umhoefer, P.J., 2019, Structure and Kinematic Evolution of the Southern Sivas
Fold-Thrust Belt, Central Anatolia, Turkey: Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 28, p. 834–859,
DOI: 10.3906/yer-1907-29
Darin, M.H., Umhoefer, P.J., and Thomson, S.N., 2018, Rapid late Eocene exhumation of the Sivas
Basin (Central Anatolia) driven by initial Arabia-Eurasia collision: Tectonics, v. 37, p. 3805–3833,
DOI: 10.1029/2017TC004954
Schleiffarth, W.K., Darin, M.H., Reid, M.R., and Umhoefer, P.J., 2018, Dynamics of episodic Late
Cretaceous–Cenozoic magmatism across Central to Eastern Anatolia: New insights from an
extensive geochronology compilation: Geosphere, v. 14, no. 5, DOI: 10.1130/GES01647.1
Umhoefer, P.J., Darin, M.H., Bennett, S.E.K., Dorsey, R.J., Skinner, L., and Oskin, M.E., 2018,
Breaching of strike-slip faults and successive flooding of pull-apart basins to form the Gulf of
California seaway from ~8 to 6 Ma: Geology, v. 46, no. 8, p. 695–698, DOI: 10.1130/G40242.1
Darin, M.H., Bennett, S.E.K., Dorsey, R.J., Oskin, M.E., and Iriondo, A., 2016, Late Miocene extension
in coastal Sonora, Mexico: Implications for the evolution of dextral shear in the proto-Gulf of
California oblique rift: Tectonophysics, v. 693, p. 378–408, DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.04.038
Bennett, S.E.K., Darin, M.H., Dorsey, R.J., Skinner, L.A., Umhoefer, P.J., and Oskin, M.E., 2016,
Animated tectonic reconstruction of the Lower Colorado River region: Implications for late Miocene
to Present deformation, in Reynolds, R.E., ed., Going LOCO, Investigations along the lower Colorado
River: California State University Desert Studies Center, Desert Symposium Field Guide and
p. 73–86.
Darin, M.H. and Dorsey, R.J., compilers, 2014, Geologic map of the Sierra Bacha, coastal Sonora,
Mexico: Geological Society of America Digital Map and Chart Series, v. 21, DOI:
Darin, M.H. and Dorsey, R.J., 2013, Reconciling disparate estimates of total offset on the southern
San Andreas fault: Geology, v. 41, p. 975–978, DOI: 10.1130/G34276.1


Geological Society of Nevada
Geological Society of America
American Geophysical Union
National Association of Geoscience Teachers


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