Michael L. Wells

Professor of Geology
Ph.D. - Cornell University
Tectonics, Structural Geology, Microstructural Analysis,

Email: michael.wells@unlv.edu
Telephone: (702) 895-0828


Dr. Wells conducts integrated tectonics research utilizing field geologic mapping and field-structural studies with strain and kinematic analysis, thermochronology, geochronology and metamorphic petrology. Interests include the structural evolution of shear zones and tectonic reactivation, the interplay between processes of contraction and extension in the interior of mountain belts, the evolution of Cordilleran metamorphic core complexes, and applications of thermochronology and geochronology to directly date deformation.

Research Publications:

Kelly, E.D., Hoisch, T.D., Wells, M.L., Vervoort, J.D., Beyene, M.A., 2015, An Early Cretaceous garnet pressure-temperature path recording synconvergent burial and exhumation from the hinterland of the Sevier orogenic belt, Albion Mountains, Idaho: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. Available .pdf

Cruz-Uribe, Alicia, Hoisch, T.D., Wells, M.L., Vervoort, J., Mazdab, F., 2015, Linking thermodynamic modeling, Lu-Hf geochronology, and trace elements in garnet: New P-T-t paths from the Sevier hinterland: Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 33, p. 763-781. Available .pdf

Methner, K., Mulch, A., Teyssier, C., Wells, M.L., Cosca, M., Gottardi, R., Gébelin, A., Chamberlain, C.P., 2015, Eocene and Miocene extension, meteoric fluid infiltration and core complex formation in the Great Basin (Raft River Mountains, Utah): Tectonics, v. 34, doi:10.1002/2014TC003766. Available .pdf

Yonkee, W.A., Link, P.K., Dehler, D.C., Balgord, E.A., Keeley, J.K., Hayes, D.S., Fanning, C.M., Wells, M.L., and Johnston S., 2014, Tectono-sedimentary framework of Neoproterozoic to Cambrian strata, Utah and southern Idaho: Protracted rifting, glaciation, and evolution of the Cordilleran margin: Earth Science Reviews, v. 136, p. 59-95. Available .pdf

Hoisch, T.D., Wells, M.L., Beyene, M.A., Styger, S., Vervoort, J.D., 2014, Jurassic Barrovian metamorphism in a U.S. Cordilleran metamorphic core complex Funeral Mountains, California: Geology, v. 42, p. 399-402. Available .pdf

Wells, M.L., Hoisch, T.D., 2012, Reply to Comment by E.L. Miller, A. Konstantinou, and A. Strickland on Geodynamics of synconvergent extension and tectonic mode switching: constraints from the Sevier-Laramide orogeny: Tectonics, v. 31, doi: 10.1029/2012TC003136. Available .pdf

Gottardi,R., Teyssier, C., Mulch, A., Vennemann, T. W., Wells, M.L., 2011, Preservation of an extreme transient geotherm in the Raft River detachment zone: Geology, v. 39, p. 759-762. Available .pdf

Wells, M.L., Hoisch, T.D., Cruz-Uribe, A.M., Vervoort, J.D., 2012, Geodynamics of synconvergent extension and tectonic mode switching: constraints from the Sevier orogen: Tectonics, v. 31, TC1002, doi:10.1029/2011TC002913 p Available .pdf

Druschke P., Hanson, A.D., Wells, M.L., Gehrels, G., Stockli, D.F., 2011, Paleogeographic isolation of Cretaceous to Eocene Sevier hinterland, east-central Nevada: Insights from U-Pb and (U-Th)/He detrital zircon ages of hinterland strata: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 123, p. 1141-1160. Available .pdf

Kula, J., Tulloch, A.J., Spell, T.L., Wells, M.L., and Zanetti, K.A., 2009, Thermal evolution of the Sisters shear zone, southern New Zealand; Formation of the Great South Basin and onset of Pacific-Antarctic spreading, Tectonics, 28, TC5015, doi:10.1029/2008TC002368. Available .pdf

Druschke P., Hanson, A.D., Wells, M.L., 2009, Structural, stratigraphic, and geochronologic evidence for extension predating Paleogene volcanism in the Sevier hinterland, east-central Nevada: International Geology Review, v. 51, p. 743-775. Available .pdf

Druschke, P., Hanson, A.D., Wells, M.L., Rasbury, T., Stockli, D.F., and Gehrels, G., 2009, Synconvergent surface-breaking normal faults of Late Cretaceous age within the Sevier hinterland, east-central Nevada: Geology, v. 37, p. 447-450. Available .pdf

Wells, M.L., 2009, Geologic Map of the Kelton Pass Quadrangle, Box Elder County, Utah, and Cassia County, Idaho: Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 09-3, scales 1:12,000 and 1:24,000, 22 pp. Available .pdf


GEY 101 Geological Concepts
GEY 341 Structural Geology
GEY 348 Field Geology 1
GEY 370 Intermediate Field Geology
GEY 371 Advanced Field Geology
GEY 443 Plate Tectonics

GEY 643 Plate Tectonics
GEY 745 Advanced Structural Geology
GEY 746 Strain and Microstructural Analysis
GEY 747 Geological Evolution of Western North America
GEY 796 Graduate Seminar in Geology