The Basin Analysis & Helium Thermochronology group at UConn focuses on reconstructing ancient phases of mountain building and erosion to understand how tectonics, erosion, and climate interact to influence Earth’s dynamic mountain belts. Dr. Fosdick and her students draw upon numerous methods in our research, including field mapping and stratigraphy, low-temperature thermochronology, provenance analysis, geochronology, and structural reconstructions.
Ongoing thermochronology and basin analysis projects include work in the Magallanes-Austral Basin in the Patagonian Andes, the Argentine Precordillera and Sierras Pampeanas of the southern Central Andes, the San Andreas Fault System, and the Basin and Range Province.
- Covid-19 safety update: Our lab is currently operating under restricted protocols for limited research activities… PPE in place!
- Welcome, new NSF postdoctoral fellow Dr. Chelsea Mackaman-Lofland and new M.S. student, Holden Robinson, to our group!
- Congratulations to Rebecca VanderLeest and successful Ph.D. defense this year!
Research highlights from the Fosdick Lab
- NEW Paper on the timing of Cenozoic Atlantic incursions and changing hinterland sediment sources during southern
Patagonian orogenesis (Fosdick et al., 2020).
- Well done, Rebecca VanderLeest! Check out Chapter 1 of her dissertation published online today. A creative and integrative look at the ancestral Patagonian Andes volcanoes through the lens of ancient river cobbles: (VanderLeest et al., 2020)
- NEW paper featuring former MS student (Indiana University) Joel Leonard‘s work on the Erosional and tectonic evolution of a retroarc orogenic wedge as revealed by sedimentary provenance: case of the Oligocene – Miocene Patagonian Andes (Leonard et al., 2020).
- Check out our new paper on the thermochronometric signal of the Chile Ridge spreading center in Patagonia (Stevens Goddard and Fosdick, 2019)
- NEW paper on Sedimentary signals of recent faulting along an old strand of the San Andreas Fault, USA (Fosdick & Blisniuk, 2018)
- Visit our research page for additional information and project updates.
Dr. Julie Fosdick, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences