Terry Spell

Associate Professor of Geology

Geochronology, Volcanology

Office: LFG 206
(702) 895-
Email: terry.spell@unlv.edu


Ph.D. – State University of New York at Albany: 1991


My interests include the development of continental volcanic centers and associated silicic eruptions and caldera collapse events, the Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic evolution of western North America and New Zealand, and intercalibration of isotopic dating techniques. All utilize 40Ar/39Ar dates generated in the Nevada Isotope Geochronology Laboratory here at UNLV. Click here for brief outlines of some research projects currently underway in these areas.

Recent & Selected Publications:

Full Curriculum Vitae
Kula, J.K., Tulloch, A.J., Spell, T.L., Wells, M.L, and Zanetti, K.A., 2009, Sisters Shear Zone and the isolation of Zealandia from Gondwana, in press, Tectonics.

Scott, J.M., Cooper, A.F., Palin, J.M., Tulloch, A.J., Kula, J., Jongens, R., Spell, T.L., and Pearson, N.J., 2009, Tracking the influence of a continental margin on growth of a magmatic arc (Fiordland, New Zealand) using thermobarometry, thermochronology, and zircon U-Pb and Hf isotopes, in press, Tectonics.

Jongens, R., Tulloch, A.J., Spell, T.L., Rattenbury, M.S., Begg, J.G. and Smith Lyttle, B., 2009, Pember Diorite – an Early Jurassic intrusion in the Rakaia Terrane, Puketeraki Range, Canterbury, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, v. 52, p. 37-42.

Wise, J.M., Noble, D.C., Zanetti, K.A., and Spell, T.L., 2008, Quechua II contraction in the Ayacucho intermontane basin: Evidence for rapid and episodic Neogene deformation in the Andes of central Perú, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, v. 26., p. 383-396.

Courses taught:

GEOL 101 – Introductory Geology: Exploring Planet Earth
GEOL 220 – Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy
GEOL 221 – Optical Mineralogy and Petrography
GEOL 330 – Introduction to Geochemistry
GEOL 440 – Volcanology
GEOL 449 – Geochronology
GEOL 491 – Seminar in Geology

GEOL 640 – Volcanology (cross listed Undergraduate)
GEOL 649 – Geochronology (cross listed Undergraduate)
GEOL 701 – Graduate Field Seminar
GEOL 749 – Advanced Geochronology and Thermochronology
GEOL 793 – Diffusion Theory and Heatflow
GEOL 796 – Geochemistry