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 Basin in the Patagonian Andes, the Argentine Precordillera of the southern Central Andes, the San Andreas Fault System, Basin and Range Province, and Appalachian Mountains.
- Welcome, Adam Goldsmith from UT Austin! Beginning late February 2018, Adam joins BAHTL as the new (U-Th)/He Laboratory Technician.
- Exciting news!! BAHTL has received NSF Instrumentation & Facilities funding (Award 1735492) for full-time laboratory technician support. This award will enable the broader Earth science community to gain access to the (U-Th)/He facility and will support visitor training and applications and development in geothermochronology.
- This Fall 2017, we welcome three new group members: Dr. Andrea Stevens Goddard (Postdoctoral Scholar), Isabelle Bristol (Graduate Student), and Jackie Giblin (Graduate Student) – Welcome to UConn!
Research highlights from the Fosdick Lab
- Attending the AGU 2018 meeting? Please stop by our posters and talks for BAHTL research updates.
- NEW paper: Sedimentary signals of recent faulting along an old strand of the San Andreas Fault, USA (Fosdick & Blisniuk, 2018, Scientific Reports)
- NEW paper: Basin evolution during Cretaceous-Oligocene changes in sediment routing in the Eastern Precordillera, Argentina (Reat & Fosdick, 2018, Journal of South American Earth Sciences)
- Spring/summer field seasons ahead: MS students Isabelle Bristol and Jackie Giblin are off to southern California and central Nevada!
- UConn faculty and students participated in the FACET II workshop and field conference in Corvallis, OR
- NEW paper: Sedimentary provenance and geochronology from the Paleogene Bermejo basin, northwestern Argentina (Fosdick et al. 2017, Tectonics)
- Dr. Fosdick and PhD students Rebecca VanderLeest and Queenie Chang are off to Patagonia for the 5-week 2017 field campaign!
- Attending the AAPE ACE 2016 meeting in Calgary? Check out the SEPM Symposium on Foreland Basin Drainages and Deposition, including presentations by Fosdick Lab group members.
- Check out our new paper on erosion rates in the Argentine Precordillera (Val et al., 2016, EPSL).
- NEW! Recently published in Tectonics, our paper explores the effects of attenuated lithosphere and sediment loading on the Magallanes foreland basin, Patagonian Andes.
- Dr. Fosdick was awarded the 2014 Basin Research Early Career Award for her work on using detrital thermochronology provenance to understand orogenic evolution.
Dr. Julie Fosdick, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Center for Integrative Geosciences