Two Main Shocks and a Swarm: Differing Faulting Styles in Montana

Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 1-9-2020

Streaming Media


Michael Stickney grew up in Missoula and received a Bachelors a Master’s degree, both in geology, from the University of Montana. As a student, he worked in the Earthquake Research Laboratory. His Master’s thesis included a study of seismicity and faulting in the Kalispell Valley. As a graduate student, Mike worked summers at the U.S. Geological Survey's Office of Earthquake Studies in Menlo Park, California. The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology hired Mike in 1980 to conduct a study of faulting and earthquake hazards in the Helena Valley. In 1982, Mike was appointed Director of the Bureau’s Earthquake Studies Office and promoted to senior research geologist in 2002. He received an honorary PhD from Montana State University in May of 2004. He is a member of Seismological Society of America, the Tobacco Root Geologic Society, and represents the MBMG at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. His professional interests include regional seismic monitoring, seismicity and faulting in Montana and Quaternary geology. Mike has written extensively on seismic related topics including tectonics, seismic hazard, and historic earthquakes of the northern Rocky Mountains.