Michael (Mike) Stickney

Geologist, Director of Earthquake Studies Office


Ph.D. (h.c.), Earth Science
M.S., Geology and B.S., Geology
Contact Information

(406) 496-4332 (tel)

Email Michael (Mike) Stickney mstickney@mtech.edu

Program Affiliations
Research Interests
Geology, Geologic Hazards Assessment, Earthquakes, Mapping Landslides, Active Fault Studies, Seismic Network Operations, Seismic Data Analysis, Provide Information Earthquakes and Hazards to Public
Outreach & Presentations
Year Type Citation
2019 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2019, Using LiDAR Data to Identify and Analyze Geologic Hazards: Presented at the Big Sky GeoCon Meeting, Butte, Montana, April 4, 2019.
2019 Educational Outreach Stickney, M.C., 2019, Participated in Idaho's Earthquake Clearinghouse Table Top Exercise via six telephone conference calls, Butte, Montana, March 5-7, 2019
2018 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2018, Recent Rumblings 2018: Presented to the Helena Rotary Club, Helena, Montana, October 15, 2018.
2018 Educational Outreach Stickney, M.C., 2018, Served as a Judge for Montana Techxpo Event at Montana Tech, Butte, Montana, April 26, 2018.
2018 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2018, Recent Rumblings 2017 Edition: Presented at Butte-Silver Bow Archive Brown Bag Lunch, Butte, Montana, March 28, 2018.
2018 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2018, Recent Montana Happenings: Presented at the Basin & Range Provence Earth Quake Working Group, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 15, 2018.
2017 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2017, Shake, Rattle and Roll: Presented at Great Conversations held by Helena Education Foundation, Helena, Montana, November 15, 2017.
2017 Presentation Stickney, M.C. and Hartline, F., 2017, Shaking It Up: Earthquake Party: Presented at the Science Mine Dig into Science, Butte, Montana, November 1, 2017.
2017 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2017, Recent Rumblings: Presented at the Bozeman Rotary Club, Bozeman, Montana, July 11, 2017.
2017 Educational Outreach Stickney, M.C., 2017, Deployed a State-of-the-Art Seismograph Near a Seismically Active Area in the Swan Valley: Collaborated with Dr. Hillary Martens of the University of Montana Geosciences Department, Swan Valley, Montana, May 9, 2017.
2017 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2017, Seismic Network Operations and Earthquakes Studies in Montana: Presented to a MSU Geology Class, Butte, Montana, April 25, 2017.
2017 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2017, 35 Years of Seismic Monitoring in Western Montana; Insights and Questions: Presented at University of Montana, Geosciences Department, Missoula, Montana, April 3, 2017.
2017 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2017, Reviving the Libby Dam Seismic Vault—How Hard Could it Be?: MBMG Annual Research Meeting, Butte, Montana, March 23, 2017.
2017 Presentation Stickney, M.C., 2017, MBMG Brown Bag Seminar - LiDAR: Presented to MBMG Staff, Butte, Montana, February 15, 2017.
Outside Publications
McMahon, N.D., Yeck, W.L., Stickney, M.C., Aster, R.C., Martens, H.R., and Benz, H.M., 2018, Spatiotemporal Analysis of the Foreshock–Mainshock–Aftershock Sequence of the 6 July 2017 Mw 5.8 Lincoln, Montana, Earthquake: Seismological Research Letters, doi: https://doi.org/10.1785/0220180180
Schmeelk, D., Bendick, R., Stickney, M., and Bomberger, C., 2017, Kinematic Evidence for the Effect of Changing Plate Boundary Conditions on the Tectonics of the Northern U.S. Rockies, Tectonics, 36, 1090–1102, doi:10.1002/2016TC004427.
Stickney, M.C., 2017, Maps Made with Light Show the Way: USGS.gov, January 23, 2017: https://www.usgs.gov/news/maps-made-light-show-way [Accessed 6/29/2017].
Kobayashi, D., Sprenke K., Stickney, M., and Phillips, W., 2016, Seismotectonic Interpretation of the 2015 Sandpoint, Idaho, Earthquake Sequence: Idaho Geological Survey, Staff Report 16-1, 30 p., August 2016.
Stickney, M.C., 2015, Geologic Setting of the Rockfall along the Stillwater River: Submitted Short Report to Stillwater County Officials, September 11, 2015.
Stickney, M.C., 2015, Revised and Edited Lewis and Clark County Earthquake Annex, December 8, 2015.
Stickney, M.C., 2015, Seismic Recurrence Relation From Instrumental Earthquake Catalog for Broadwater County: Provided to Tetra Tech for Inclusion in the County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan, November 17, 2015.
Stickney, M.C., 2015, Seismicity Within and Adjacent to the Eastern Lewis and Clark Line, West-Central Montana: Northwest Geology, v. 44, p. 19-36.
Ruleman, C.A., Larsen, M., Stickney, M.C., 2014, Neotectonics and Geomorphic Evolution of the Northwestern Arm of the Yellowstone Tectonic Parabola: Controls on Intra-Cratonic Extensional Regimes, Southwest, Montana: in Shaw, C.A., and Tikoff, B., eds., Exploring the Northern Rocky Mountains: Geological Society of America Field Guide 37, p. 65-87, doi: 10.1130/2014.0037(03).
D’Alessandro, A., and Stickney, M., 2012, Montana Seismic Network Performance: An Evaluation Through the SNES Method: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 102, p. 73-87, doi:10.1785/0120100234.
Stickney, M.C., 2012, Road Log for the Hebgen Lake Earthquake Area: Northwest Geology, v. 41, p. 71-82.
Bakun, W.H., Stickney, M.C., and Rogers, G.C., 2011, The 16 May 1909 Northern Great Plains Earthquake: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, December 2011, v. 101, p. 3065-3071, doi:10.1785/0120110054.
Stickney, M.C., 2011, The Alberton-Frenchtown Seismic Zone: Northwest Geology, v. 40, p. 71-77.
Bakun, W.H., Stickney, M.C., Rogers, G., and Ristau, J., 2010, Modified Mercalli Intensity Assignments for the May 16, 1909, Northern Plains Earthquake: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1185, 96 p., https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20101185 [Accessed 4/12/2017]
Bartholomew, M.J., Greene, R.A., Wasklewicz, T.A., and Stickney, M.C., 2009, Alluvial Fans: Sensitive Tectonic Indicators of Fault-Segmentation and Stress-Field Partitioning Along the Red Rock Fault, Southwestern Montana, USA: Northwest Geology, v. 38, p. 41-65.
Sprenke, K.F., Stickney, M.C., and Peterson, J.L., 2007, The 2005 Alpha Earthquake Swarm, Valley County, Idaho: Idaho Geological Survey Staff Report, S-07-3, 47 p.
Stickney, M.C., 2007, Historic Earthquakes and Seismicity in Southwestern Montana: Northwest Geology, v. 36, p. 167-186.
Zeiler, C.P., Stickney, M.C., and Speece, M.A., 2005, Revised Velocity Structure of Western Montana: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 95, p. 759-762.
Wong, I., Olig, S., Dober, M., Wright, D., Nemser, E., Lageson, D., Silva, W., Stickney, M., Lemieux, M., and Anderson, L., 2004, Probabilistic Earthquake Ground Motion Hazard Maps for Montana: Proceedings of the Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazards Summit II, 2004, p. 158-162.
Wong, I., Olig, S., Dober, M., Wright, D., Nemser, E., Lageson, D., Silva,W., Stickney, M., Lemieux, M., and Anderson, L., 2004, Earthquake Ground Shaking Hazard Maps of the State of Montana: 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, CD-Rom.
Denton, D., Stickney, M.C., Williams, T., and Langston, R., 2003, Remote Monitoring of Mine Seismicity and Earthquakes Using Radio Telemetry, Computers and the Internet: in Singhal, R., Fytas, K., and Chiwetelu, C., Editors; Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Computer Applications in the Minerals Industries (CAMI2003), published on CD (URL http://www.mpes-cami-swemp.com/ordercd.html).
Bartholomew, M.J., Stickney, M.C., Wilde, E.M., and Dundas, R.G., 2002, Late Quaternary Paleoseismites: Syndepositional Features and Section Restoration Used to Indicate Paleoseismicity and Stress-Field Orientations During Faulting Along the Main Lima Reservoir Fault, Southwestern Montana: Geological Society of America Special Papers, 359 p., p. 29-47.
Sprenke, K.F., White, B.G., Rohay, A.C., Whyatt, J.K., and Stickney, M.C., 2002, Comparison of Body Wave Displacement with Damage Observations of a Rockburst, Coeur d'Alene Mining District, Idaho: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America v. 92, p. 3321-3328.
Stickney, M.C., and Lageson, D.R., 2002, Seismotectonics of the 20 August 1999 Red Rock Valley, Montana Earthquake: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 92, p. 2449-2464.
Lageson, D.R., and Stickney, M.C., 2000, Seismotectonics of Northwest Montana, USA: Montana Geological Society 50th Anniversary Symposium, Montana/Alberta Thrust Belt and Adjacent Foreland, R.A. Schalla and E.H. Johnson eds., v. 1, p. 109-126.
Bartholomew, M.J., Lewis, S.E., Russell, G.S., Stickney, M.C., Wilde, E.M. and Kish, S.A., 1999, Late Quaternary History of the Beaverhead Canyon, Southwestern Montana in S.S. Hughes and G.D. Thackary, eds, Guidebook to the Geology of Eastern Idaho: Idaho Museum of Natural History, p. 237-250.
Stickney, M.C., Breckenridge, R.M., and K.F. Sprenke, 1997, Seismic Potential of the Lewis and Clark Zone, Montana and Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Final Report: 1434-94-G-25 15, 13 p.
Stickney, M.C., Steinmetz, J.C., and Brown, M., 1996, Western States Seismic Policy Council Field Excursion: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western States Seismic Policy Council, v. 18, p. 201-208.
Sprenke, K.F., Stickney, M.C., and Breckenridge, R.M., 1994, The Draney Peak Earthquake Sequence Southeastern Caribou County, Idaho, January 30 - April 12: Idaho Geological Survey Staff Report 94-2, 21 p.
Sprenke, K.F., Stickney, M.C., and Breckenridge, R.M., 1994, The Hoyt Mountain Earthquakes, Shonshone County, Idaho, March 7 and June 3: Idaho Geological Survey Staff Report 94-4, 20 p.
Stickney, M.C., 1994, Montana and Adjacent Areas Earthquakes 1986: in Stover, C.W. and Brewer, L. Editors, USGS Bulletin 2089, p. 189-192.
Hill, D.P., Reasenberg, P.A., Michael, A., Arabasz, W.J., Beroza, G., Brumbaugh, D., Brune, J.N., Castro, R., Davis, S., DePolo, D., Ellsworth, W.L., Gomberg, J., Harmsen, S., House, L., Jackson, S.M., Johnston, M.J.S., Jones, L., Keller, R., Malone, S., Munguia, L., Nava, S., Pechmann, J.C., Sanford, A., Simpson, R.W., Smith, R.B., Stark, M., Stickney, M.C., Vidal, A., Walter, S., Wong, I., and Zollweg, J., 1993, Seismicity Remotely Triggered By the Magnitude 7.3 Landers, California, Earthquake: Science, v. 260, p. 1617-1623.
Stickney, M.C., 1993, Seismicity of the Tobacco Root Mountains and Surrounding Region, Montana: Northwest Geology, v. 22, p. 49-54.
Stickney, M.C., and Sprenke, K.F., 1993, Seismic Events With Implosional Focal Mechanisms in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District, Northern Idaho: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 90, p. 6523-6528.
Stevens, G.R., Stickney, M.C., Sprenke, K.F., and Jung, S.J., 1992, Seismicity in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District, Northern Idaho: Proceedings of the Symposium on Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering, v. 28, p. 266-271.
Stickney, M.C., and Sprenke, K.F., 1992, A Microseismic Study of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District, Northern Idaho: Rock Mechanics, Proceedings of the 33rd U.S. Symposium, v. 33, p. 1087-1091.
Sprenke, K.F., Stickney, M.C., Dodge, D.A., and Hammond, W.R., 1991, Seismicity and Tectonic Stress in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 81, p. 1145-1156.
Bartholomew, M.J., Stickney, M.C., and Wilde, E.M., 1990, Late Quaternary Faults and Seismicity in the Jefferson Basin: Rocky Mountain Friends of the Pleistocene, August 15-19, 1990, Field Trip Guidebook, p. 238-244.
Bartholomew, M.J., Stickney, M.C., and Henry, J., 1988, Perspective 28 Years After the August 18, 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake in Hayes, W.W., (ed.), A Review of Earthquake Research Applications in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: 1977-1987: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 88 13 A, p. 155-167.
Stickney, M.C., and Bartholomew, M.J., 1987, Seismicity and Late Quaternary Faulting of the Northern Basin and Range Province, Montana and Idaho: Seismological Society of American Bulletin, v. 77, no. 5, p. 1602-1625.
Witkind, I.J., and Stickney, M.C. 1987, The Hebgen Lake Earthquake Area, Montana and Wyoming: Geological Society of America Centennial Field Guide, Rocky Mountain Section, p. 89-94.
Stickney, M.C., 1985, P-Wave Travel Times and Crustal Structure of SW Montana From Aftershocks of the October 28, 1983, Borah Peak, Idaho, Earthquake in Proceedings of Workshop XXVIII on the Borah Peak, Idaho, Earthquake: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 85-290, p. 672-679.
Sheriff, S.D., and Stickney, M.C., 1984, Crustal Structure of SW Montana and East Central Idaho Results From a Reversed Refraction Line: Geophysical Letters Review, v. 11, p. 299-302.
Qamar, A.I., Kogan, J., and Stickney, M.C., 1983, Tectonics and Recent Seismicity Near Flathead Lake, Montana: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 72, p. 1591-1599.
Bufe, C.G., Marks, S.M., Lester, F.W., Ludwin, R.S., and Stickney, M.C., 1981, Seismicity of the Geysers-Clear Lake Region; in: Research in the Geysers-Clear Lake Geothermal Area, Northern California: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1141, pp. 129-137.
Stickney, M.C, 1980, Seismicity and Gravity Studies of Faulting in the Kalispell Valley, Northwestern Montana: Master's Thesis, University of Montana, 82 p.
Stickney, M.C., 1979, The Fort Ross Earthquake Sequence, March and April, 1978: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 69, pp. 1841-1850.
Stickney, M.C., 1978, Seismicity and Faulting of Central Western Montana: Northwest Geology, v. 7, p. 1-9.