Associate Research Scientist, LDEO

I conduct rearch in the areas of (i) rock and ice friction; (ii) fault mechanics; (iii) and compaction of porous media. I use a combination of numerical/theoretical techniques and experimental work. Below is a list of my active projects.


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  • Skarbek, R. M., C. McCarthy and H. M. Savage (2022), Oscillatory loading can alter the velocity rate dependence of ice-on-rock friction, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys. , doi: 10.1029/2021GC009954
  • Kingslake, J., R. M. Skarbek, E. Case, and C. McCarthy (2022), Grain-size evolution controls the accumulation dependence of modeled firn thickness, submitted to Cryoshpere.
  • McCarthy, C., R. M. Skarbek and H. M. Savage (2021), Tidal modulation of ice streams: Effect of periodic sliding velocity on ice friction and healing, ESSOAr. , doi: 10.1002/essoar.10509831.1
  • Skarbek, R. M. and H. M. Savage (2019), RSFit3000: A MATLAB GUI-based program for determining rate and state frictional parameters from experimental data, Geosphere , doi: 10.1130/GES02122.1
  • Skarbek, R. M., H. M. Savage, P. B. Kelemen, and D. Yancopoulos (2018), Competition between crystallization-induced expansion and creep compaction during gypsum formation, and implications for serpentinization, J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1029/2017JB015369
  • Rabinowitz, H. S., H. M. Savage, R. M. Skarbek, M. J. Ikari, B. M. Carpenter, and C. Collettini (2018), Frictional behavior of input sediments to the Hikurangi Trench, New Zealand, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., doi: 10.1029/2018GC007633
  • Skarbek, R. M. and A. W. Rempel (2017), Heterogeneous Coulomb wedges: Influence of fluid pressure, porosity, and application to the Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand, J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1002/2016JB013497
  • Bletery, Q., A. M. Thomas, J. C. Hawthorne, R. M. Skarbek, A. W. Rempel, and R. D. Krogstad (2017), Characteristics of secondary slip fronts associated with slow earthquakes in Cascadia, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. , doi:
  • Handwerger, A. L., A. W. Rempel, and R. M. Skarbek (2017), Submarine landslides triggered by destabilization of high-saturation hydrate anomalies, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys. , doi: 10.1002/2016GC006706
  • Skarbek, R. M. and A. W. Rempel (2016), Dehydration-induced porosity waves and episodic tremor and slip, Geochem. Geophys. Geosys. , doi: 10.1002/2015GC006155
  • Handwerger, A. L., A. W. Rempel, R. M. Skarbek, J. J. Roering, and G. Hilley (2016), Rate-weakening friction characterizes both slow sliding and catastrophic failure of landslides, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. , doi: 10.1073/pnas.1607009113
  • Skarbek, R. M., A. W. Rempel, and D. A. Schmidt (2012), Geologic heterogeneity can produce aseismic slip transients, Geophys. Res. Lett. , doi: 10.1029/2012GL053762
  • Skarbek, R. M., and D. M. Saffer (2009), Pore pressure development beneath the d├ęcollement at the Nankai subduction zone: Implications for plate boundary fault strength and sediment dewatering, J. Geophys. Res. , doi: 10.1029/2008JB006205