Member: Asif M. Khan Member: Asif M. Khan

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Member: Asif M. Khan


National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar,Pakistan


1992  DIC (Post-Graduate Diploma), Imperial College, London, UK

1988  PhD, Imperial College, London University, UK.

1980  MSc, University of Peshawar,Pakistan

1979  B.Sc (Hons.), University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Work Experience

October 2013-June 2014. Visiting Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

September 2013-Continued. HEC Distinguished National Professor, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

December 1998-Continued). Professor, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

September 2004-August 2005. Visiting Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Lehigh University, USA

January-December 1998. Visiting Commonwealth Scholar, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University,

Associate Professor in Tectonics/Structural Geology. National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar (September 1994-Dec 1997).

June 1993-August 1994Visiting NSF Research Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, Penn State University, USA

September 1993-May 1994. Visiting Fulbright Research Fellow, Programs in Geosciences, University of Texas, Dallas, USA.

September 1988-August 1993. Assistant Professor, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Research Interests

Tectonics & Mountain Building Processes (Himalaya, Kohistan, Karakoram & Hindu Kush).

Structural Geology of the Himalayan Foreland Thrust-Fold Belt in N. Pakistan.

Tectonics of the India-Afghan Collision Zone, Kurram-Waziristan Tribal Belt, NW Pakistan.

Unraveling early phases of the Himalayan Orogeny (between mid-Cretaceous ophiolite obuction and Early Eocene continent-continent collision) using northern Oman mountains as an analogue.

Natural Hazards of Earthquakes and Mass Movements.

Natural Hazard Management & Preparedness

Major publications

Khan, M. A., Treloar, P.J., Searle, M.P., & Jan, M.Q. 2000. Tectonics of Nanga Parbat Syntaxis and Western Himalaya. Geological Society, London, Special Publication, 170, pp495.

Khan, M. A. 2007. Disaster Preparedness for Natural Hazards: Current Status in Pakistan. Joint Publication of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) & European Commission, Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), pp67.

Khan, M. A., Khan, S.F., Kamp, U., Owen, L. 2013. Earthquakes and associated landslides in Pakistan. Invited Chapter, Encyclopaedia of  Natural Hazards. Springer (In Press).

Khan, M.A., Haneef, M., Khan, A.S. and Tahirkheli, T. 2013. Debris-flow hazards on tributary-junction fans, Chitral, Hindu Kush Ranges, N. Pakistan. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences (Elsevier, UK) 62, 720–733.

Sayab, M. and Khan, M. A. 2010. Temporal evolution of surface rupture deduced from coseismic multi-mode secondary fractures: Insights from the October 8, 2005 (Mw 7.6) Kashmir earthquake, NW Himalaya. Tectonophysics (Elsevier), 493, 58–73.

Khan, M.A., Bendick, R., Bhat, M.I., Bilham, R., Kakar, D.M., Khan, S.F., Lodi, S.H.M., Qazi, M.S., Singh, B., Szeliga, W., and Wahab, A. 2008. Preliminary geodetic constraints on plate boundary deformation on the western edge of the Indian plate from TriGGnet (Tri-University GPS Geodesy Network). Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences 41, 71-87.

Bendick, R., Bilham, R., Khan, M. A., & Khan, S. F. 2007. Slip on an active wedge thrust from geodetic observations of the 8 October 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Geology 35, 267-270.

Khan, M.A., Abbasi,I.A., Qureshi,A.W., & Khan, S.R.2003. Tectonics of Afghan-India collision zone, Kurram-Waziristan region, N. Pakistan. Conference Proceedings (ATC 2003), Pakistan Association of Petroleum Geologists, 219-234.

Khan, M. A., Abbasi, I. A., Hadi, S., Laghari, Bilham, R. 2002. Bhuj earthquake of January 26, 2001: effects in the Thar-Nagar Parkar region of Sindh, SE Pakistan. In: Khan, M. A., Abbasi, I. A, I. A., & Khattak, G.A., “Geological control on Natural Hazards: Earthquakes and Mass Movements”, Geological Bulletin, University of Peshawar, 35, 1-15.

Khan, M. A., Treloar, P. J., Khan, M. A., Khan, T., Qazi, M. S. & Jan, M. Q. 1998. Geology of the Kohistan terrane along the Chalt-Babusar transact: implications for the constitution and thickening of island arc crust. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 16, 253-268.

Khan, M. A., Stern, R. J., Gribble, R. F. & Windley, B. F. 1997. Geochemical and isotope constraints on subduction polarity, magma sources, and paleogeography of the Kohistan intra-oceanic arc, Northern Pakistan Himalaya. Journal of Geological Society of London, 154, 935-946.