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.
- We are in Phase 1 laboratory reopening under Covid-19 safety plan… social distancing and PPE in place!
- We’ve moved! BAHTL has moved into a new lab space in Beach Hall… stop by to check it out (Beach Hall 325-331)!
- Congratulations to Isabelle Bristol and Jackie Giblin for successful M.S. defenses this year!
- Congratulations, PhD Student Rebecca VanderLeest on her SEPM grant funding to track paleofluid sources, pathways, and heating in the Patagonian Andes!
- 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 postdoctoral scholar Dr. Andrea Stevens Goddard and graduate students Isabelle Bristol and Jackie Giblin – Welcome to UConn!
Research highlights from the Fosdick Lab
- 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: Sedimentary signals of recent faulting along an old strand of the San Andreas Fault, USA (Fosdick & Blisniuk, 2018)
- NEW paper: Basin evolution during Cretaceous-Oligocene changes in sediment routing in the southern Central Andes (Reat & Fosdick, 2018)
- 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 2018 FACET II workshop in Corvallis, OR
- NEW paper: Sedimentary provenance from the Paleogene Bermejo basin, northwestern Argentina (Fosdick et al. 2017)
- Dr. Fosdick and PhD students Rebecca VanderLeest and Queenie Chang are off to Patagonia for the 5-week 2017 field campaign!
- Dr. Fosdick was awarded the 2014 Basin Research Early Career Award for her work on using detrital thermochronology provenance to understand orogenic evolution.
- Visit our research page for additional information and project updates.
Dr. Julie Fosdick, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences