Barazangi came to Cornell after earning his PhD from Columbia University. He is currently an active emeritus professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC). He also served in 1978-1980 as an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Geophysics at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His interests are seismology, tectonics and lithospheric structure especially in the Middle East and Morocco.
A major objective of Barazangi's research is to understand the lithospheric structure and the seismotectonics of intracontinental mountain belts and young continental collision zones. His group is focusing their investigation on the Palmyride fold and thrust belt in central Syria (including the nearby Euphrates rift system) and the Rif and Atlas Mountains in Morocco, as well as a detailed study of the Anatolian Plateau in Eastern Turkey, one of the youngest continental collision zones on Earth. Another objective of Muawia's research is to collect and organize all available seismological, geophysical, and geological data sets, on both a regional and global-scale using a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS).
- "Global Positioning System measurements of strain accumulation and slip transfer through the restraining bend along the Dead Sea fault system in Lebanon, " with F. Gomez, G. Karam, M. Khawlie, S. McClusky, P. Vernant, R. Reilinger, R. Jaafar, C. Tabet, and K. Khair, Geophysical Journal International, 168, 1021-1028.
- "Strain partitioning of active transpression within the Lebanese restraining bend of the Dead Sea fault (Lebanon and SW Syria), " with F. Gomez, T. Nemer, C. Tabet, M. Khawlie, and M. Meghraoui, Geological Society of London, Special Paper (Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends in Continental and Oceanic Settings), 290, 285-303.
- "Structure and tectonic evolution of the Anatolian Plateau in eastern Turkey, " with E. Sandvol and D. Seber, in Dilek, Y., and Pavlides, S., eds., Post-collisional Tectonics and Magmatism in the Mediterranean Region and Asia: Geological Society of America Special Paper 409, 463-473.
- "Late Cenozoic uplift along the northern Dead Sea transform in Lebanon and Syria, " with F. Gomez, M. Khawlie, C. Tabet, A. N. Darkal, and K. Khair, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 241, 913- 931.
- "Crustal structure of the Arabian Plate: New constraints from the analysis of teleseismic receiver functions, " with K. Al-Damegh, and E. Sandvol, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 231, 177-196.
Selected Awards and Honors
- Fellowship to advise the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment in Damascus, Syria under the U.N. - 2004
- Fellowship to advise and help the National Syrian Seismological Center in Damascus, Syria on the analyses and interpretation of seismological data and the seismotectonics of Syria and surrounding regions. - 1999
- Associate Director of INSTOC - 1988 - Present
- Fellowship from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to advise the Syrian Atomic Energy Commission on earthquake hazard in the region. - 1988
- Leader of the Cornell Syria Project, a cooperative joint research effort between Cornell and the Syrian Petroleum Company and Damascus University and funded by oil companies. - 1987 - Present