Michael L. Wells

Professor of Geology

Tectonics, Structural Geology, Microstructural Analysis,

Office: LFG 208
Telephone: (702) 895-0828
Email: michael.wells@unlv.edu


Ph.D. in Geology, Cornell University (1991) Major subject, structural geology; minor subjects, geochemistry and material science
M.S. in Geology, Cornell University (1988) Major subject, structural geology; minor subject stratigraphy
B.S. in Geology, University of California Santa Cruz (1981)


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

Recent Funding:                                                                                                                                                       

Courses taught:

GEOL 101: Geological Concepts
GEOL 341: Structural Geology
GEOL 348: Field Geology 1
GEOL 371: Advanced Field Geology
GEOL 443: Plate Tectonics

GEOL 643: Plate Tectonics
GEOL 701: Research Methods in Geoscience
GEOL 746: Strain and Microstructural Analysis
GEOL 747: Geological Evolution of Western North America
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