Bio


Kris Meisling has 28 years of experience working as a Structural Geologist, Regional Geologic Integrator, and Basin Analyst in upstream technology and consulting at ARCO, Mobil, and BP. Kris left BP in 2009 to start his consulting practice, and was appointed Consulting Professor at Stanford University in 2010. Kris is primarily working with Elizabeth Miller and her students on plate restorations of the Arctic incorporating new detrital zircon constraints. In 2013 Kris joined Elizabeth's Team working on the Alaska & East Russian segment of the Arctic as part of the Circum Arctic Lithosphere Evolution (CALE) Program. Kris has also been working with Steve Graham and his students on structural interpretation of seismic data for input to basin models as part of the BPSM (Basin & Petroleum Systems Modeling) Program.

Academic Appointments


  • Consulting Professor, Geological Sciences

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Caltech, Geology (1984)
  • M.S., Caltech, Geology (1978)
  • B.S., UCLA, Engineering Geology (1977)

Journal Articles


  • Reactivation of an obliquely rifted margin, Campos and Santos basins, southeastern Brazil AAPG BULLETIN Cobbold, P. R., Meisling, K. E., Mount, V. S. 2001; 85 (11): 1925-1944
  • Segmentation of an obliquely rifted margin, Campos and Santos basins, southeastern Brazil AAPG BULLETIN Meisling, K. E., Cobbold, P. R., Mount, V. S. 2001; 85 (11): 1903-1924
  • LATE CENOZOIC TECTONICS OF THE NORTHWESTERN SAN-BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS, SOUTHERN-CALIFORNIA GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN Meisling, K. E., Weldon, R. J. 1989; 101 (1): 106-128
  • DISTURBANCE OF TREES BY THE 1857 FORT-TEJON EARTHQUAKE, CALIFORNIA JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH Meisling, K. E., SIEH, K. E. 1980; 85 (NB6): 3225-3238

Books and Book Chapters


  • (in press) Architecture and evolution of the Columbus Basin, offshore Trinidad: A detached pull-apart basin in a transpressional foreland setting Phanerozoic Regional Geology of the World, Volume I Gibson, R. A., Meisling, K. E., Sydow, J. edited by Roberts, D., Bally, A. Elsevier. 2014: 22
  • Neogene turbidite systems of the Gulf of Guinea continental margin slope, offshore Nigeria Fine-Grained Turbidite Systems, SEPM Special Publication 68 Armentrout, J., Kanschat, K., Meisling, K., Tsakma, J., Antrim, L., McConnell, D. edited by Bouma, A., Stone, C. 28 p., 13 figures. 2000
  • A speculative history of the San Andreas fault system in the central Transverse Ranges The San Andreas fault system: Displacement, palinspastic reconstruction, and geologic evolution: GSA Memoir 178, Weldon, R. J., Meisling, K. E. edited by Powell, R. E., Weldon, R. J., Matti, J. C. Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado. 1993: 161-198
  • Seismic Expression of Structural Styles: GSA Short Course Manual Bally, A., Withjack, M., Meisling, K., Fisher, D., Reinke-Walter, J., Correa, P. 119 p., 20 plates. 1990
  • Forced folding and basement-detached normal faulting in the Haltenbanken area, offshore Norway Extensional tectonics and stratigraphy of the North Atlantic margins: AAPG Memoir 46 Withjack, M. O., Meisling, K. E., Russell, L. R. edited by Tankard, A. J., Balkwill, H. R. American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Canadian Geological Foundation, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1989: 567-575
  • Seismic Expression of Structural Styles Workshop: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Short Course Exercises and Manual Withjack, M. O., Meisling, K. E., Reinke-Walter, J., Correa, P. 60 p.. 1986
  • Neotectonics of the north frontal fault system of the San Bernardino Mountains, southern California: Cajon Pass to Lucerne Valley Meisling, K. E. Ph.D. thesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 394 p. 1984
  • Possible emplacement history of a sandblow structure at Pallett Creek, California San Andreas Fault - Cajon Pass to Wrightwood Meisling, K. E. American Association of Petroleum Geologist, Pacific Section, Guidebook no. 55. 1984: 37-40
  • The effect of the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake on trees near Wrightwood, California San Andreas Fault - Cajon Pass to Wrightwood Meisling, K. E., Sieh, K. E. American Association of Petroleum Geologist, Pacific Section, Guidebook no. 55. 1984: 31-36
  • The late-Cenozoic structure and stratigraphy of the western San Bernardino Mountains Geologic Excursions in the Transverse Ranges Meisling, K. E., Weldon, R. J. edited by Cooper, J. D. Dept. Geol. Sci., Cal. State University, Fullerton. 1982: 75-81
  • Neotectonics of the Silverwood Lake area, San Bernardino County: Report to the California Department of Water Resources Weldon, R. J., Meisling, K. E., Allen, C. R., Sieh, K. E. 22 p., 11 figures, 1 map. 1981
  • The effect of the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake on trees near Wrightwood, California Geologic Excursions in the Southern California Area Meisling, K. E., Sieh, K. E. edited by Abbot, P. L. Department of Geological Science, San Diego State University. 1979: 67-72
  • Possible emplacement history of a sandblow structure at Pallett Creek, California Geologic Excursions in the Southern California Area Meisling, K. E. edited by Abbot, P. L. Department of Geological Science, San Diego State University. 1979: 63-66

Conference Proceedings


  • 3D structural restoration of ponded-basin turbidite reservoirs in a linked extensional-compressional salt basin, Holstein Field, deep-water Gulf of Mexico Byrd, T., Meisling, K. E., Jaffey, N., Vines, J., Buddin, T., Ekstrand, E. 2004: 965-996

    View details for DOI 10.5724/gcs.04.24.0965