Dr. Elizabeth Cassel
Our geodynamic reconstructions of orogens depend on the spatial distribution and stability of paleotopography, which controls drainage systems, sediment transport patterns, and styles of deposition. I combine sedimentologic, geomorphic, geochemical, and geochronologic data to track changes in surface topography, hydrology, geomorphology, and exhumation patterns. I am currently focusing on the Cenozoic history of the Cordilleran hinterland (including projects in the western US and Canada), the progression of uplift of the Andean Western Cordillera-Altiplano in southern Peru, and laboratory analytical methods in stable isotope geochemistry. These research projects involve collaboration with faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and Sonoma State University.
I am currently accepting students to pursue research in these areas for both Ph.D. and Master's degrees.