Petrology/ Volcanology / Geochemistry/ Economic Geosciences

McCaffrey, D. M., Nasser, N. T., Jowitt, S. M., Padilla, A. J., & Bird, L. R. (2023) Embedded Critical Material Flow: The Case of Niobium, the United States, and China. Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 188, Article 106698.

Cortés, J.A., Smith, E.I., Valentine, G.A., Johnsen, R., Rasoazanamparany, C., Widom, E., Sas, May, Ruth, D. (2015) Intrinsic conditions of magmas from Lunar Crater volcanic field (Nevada): implications for internal plumbing and magma ascent. American Mineralogist, 100, 396-413.

Balmer, M.D., Conrad, C.P., Smith, E.I., Johnsen, R. (2015) Intraplate volcanism at the edges of the Colorado Plateau sustained by a combination of edge-driven convection and shear-driven upwelling. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16, doi:10.1002/2014GC005641.

Rasoazanamparany, C., Widom, E., Valentine, G.A., Smith, E.I., Cortes, J.A., Kuentz, D., Johnsen, R. (2015) Multi-Isotopic Study of the Lunar Crater Volcanic Field, Nevada: Implications for Petrogenesis and Mantle Source Characteristics.Chemical Geology, 397, 76-93.

Rager, A.,
Smith, E.I., Scheu, B., Dingwell, D. (2014) The effects of water vaporization on rock fragmentation during rapid decompression: Implications for the formation of fluidized ejecta on Mars. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 385, 68-78.

Johnsen, R., Smith, E.I., and Walker, J.D. (2014) The 2.7-2.1 Ma Twin Peaks caldera – stratigraphy and petrogenesis, in MacLean, J.S., Biek, R.F., and Huntoon, J.E., editors, Geology of Utah’s Far South. Utah Geological Association Publication, 43, p. 617-638.

Robertson, K.,
Simon, A., Pettke, T., Smith, E.I., Selyangin, O., Kiryukhin, A., Mulcahy, S.R., and Walker, J.D (2013) Melt Inclusion Evidence for Magma Evolution at Mutnovsky Volcano, Kamchatka. Geofluids, doi: 10.1111/gfl.12060.

Johnsen, R.,
Smith, E.I., and Biek, R. (2010) Subalkaline volcanism in the Black Rock Desert and Markagunt Plateau volcanic fields of south-central Utah: in Carney, S.M., Tabet, D.E., and Johnson, C.L., (eds.). Geology of South-Central Utah, Utah Geological Association Publication 39, p. 109-150.

Kula, J.K., Spell, T.L. and Zanetti, K.A. (2010) 40Ar/39Ar analyses of artificially mixed micas and the treatment of complex age spectra from samples with multiple mica populations. Chemical Geology, 275, 67-77.

Smith, E.I., Honn, D.K, Johnsen, R. (2010) Volcanoes of the McCullough Range, southern Nevada: in Umhoefer, P.J., Beard, S.L. and Lamb, M.A., Miocene Tectonics of the Lake Mead Region, Central Basin and Range.Geological Society of America Special Paper, 463, 203-220.

Conrad, C.P., Wu, B., Smith, E.I., Bianco, T., Tibbetts, A. (2010) Shear-Driven Upwelling Induced by Lateral Viscosity Variations and Asthenospheric Shear: A Mechanism for Intraplate Volcanism. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. doi: 10:1016/j.pepi2009.10.101.

Johnsen, R., Smith, E.I., Biek, R. (2010) Subalkaline volcanism in the Black Rock Desert and Markagunt Plateau volcanic fields of south-central Utah: in Carney, S.M., Tabet, D.E., and Johnson, C.L., (eds.). Geology of South-Central Utah, Utah Geological Association Publication, 39, 109-150.

Bell, A., Simon, A., and Guillong, M. (2009) Experimental constraints on Pt, Pd, and Au partitioning in silicate melt – sulfide – oxide – aqueous fluid systems at 800°C, 150 MPa, and variable sulfur fugacity. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73(19), 5778-5792

Conrad, C.P., Wu, Benjun, Smith, E.I., Bianco, T., Tibbetts, A. (2009) Shear-Driven Upwelling Induced by Lateral Viscosity Variations and Asthenospheric Shear: A Mechanism for Intraplate Volcanism. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, doi: 10:1016/j.pepi2009.10.101

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,Tectonics.

Honn, D.K. and Smith, E.I. (2008) The mid-Miocene Wilson Ridge pluton and River Mountains volcanic section, Lake Mead area of Nevada and Arizona: Linking a volcanic and plutonic section: in Duebenforfer, E.M., and Smith, E.I., Geological Society of America Field Guide II. Field Guide to Plutons, Volcanoes, Faults, Reefs, Dinosaurs, and Possible Glaciation in selected Areas of Arizona, California, and Nevada. Geological Society of America Field Guide, 11, 1-20.

Planetary Sciences

Ostwald A., Udry A., Payre V., Gazel E., And Wu P. (2022)  The role of assimilation and fractional crystallization in the evolution of the Mars crust. Earth And Planetary Science Letters,

Ramsey S. R., Howarth G. H., Udry A., and Gross J. (2021) Nickel-manganese variability in olivine and Al-in-olivine thermometry for olivine-phyric shergottites, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 1–22,

Ralston, S. J., Hausrath, E. M., Tschauner, O., Rampe, E., Peretyazhko, T. S., Christoffersen, R., Defelice, C., and Lee, H., 2021, Dissolution rates of allophane with variable Fe contents: implications for aqueous alteration and the preservation of x-ray amorphous materials on Mars: Clays and Clay Minerals.

Rahib R. R., Udry A., Howarth G. H., Gross J., Paquet M., Combs L. M.*, Laczniak D. L.*, and Day J. M. D. (2019) Mantle source to near-surface emplacement of enriched and intermediate poikilitic shergottites in Mars Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 266, 463–496,

Combs L. M., Udry A., Howarth G. H., Righter M., Lapen T. J., Gross J., Ross K. D., Rahib R. R.*, Day J. M. D. (2019) Petrology of the enriched poikilitic shergottite Northwest Africa 10169: Insight into the martian interior. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 266,435–462,

Gainey, S.R., Hausrath, E.M., Adcock, C.T., Tschauner, O., Hurowitz, J.A., Ehlmann, B.L., Xiao, Y., and Bartlett, C.L. (2017) Clay mineral formation under oxidized conditions and implications for paleoenvironments and organic preservation on Mars. Nature Communications, 8(1), 1230.

Steiner, M. H., Hausrath E. M., Elwood Madden M. E., Tschauner O., Ehlmann B. L., Olsen A. A., Gainey S. R., and Smith J. S (2016) Dissolution of Nontronite in Chloride Brines and Implications for the Aqueous History of Mars. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

Baumeister, J.L., Hausrath E. M., A. Olsen, O. Tschauner, C.T. Adcock, and R. V. Metcalf (2015) Biogeochemical weathering of serpentinites: An examination of incipient dissolution affecting serpentine soil formation. Applied Geochemistry, 54, 78-84.

Adcock, C.T., Hausrath, E.M., Forster, P.M. and Sefein, K.J. (2014) Synthesis and characterization of the Mars-relevant phosphate minerals Fe/Mg-whitlockite and merrillite and a proposed mechanism for whitlockite to merrillite transformation. American Mineralogist, 99, 1221-1232.

Tu, V.M., Hausrath, E.M., Tschauner, O., Iota, V. and Egeland, G.W. (2014) Dissolution rates of amorphous Al- and Fe-phosphates and their relevance to phosphate mobility on Mars. American Mineralogist, 99, 1206-1215.  This paper was selected by the editors of American Mineralogist as a “notable paper”.

Gainey, S.R., Hausrath, E.M., Hurowitz, J. A. and Milliken, R.E. (2014) Nontronite dissolution rates and implications for Mars. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 126, 192-211.

Adcock, C.T., Hausrath E.M., Forster, P. (2013) Readily available phosphate from minerals in aqueous environments on early Mars. Nature Geoscience, 6, 824-827.  This paper was featured in the News and Views section of Nature Geoscience.

Paleoclimate and Soil Science

Robins, C.R., Buck, B.J., Spell, T.L., Soukup, D.A., Steinberg, S. (2014) Testing the applicability of vacuum-encapsulated 40Ar/39Ar geochronology to pedogenic palygorskite and sepiolite. Quaternary Geochronology, 20, 8-22.

Goossens, D., Buck, B.J., Teng, Y., Robins, C.R., Goldstein, H. (2014)Effect of sulfate and carbonate minerals on particle size distributions in arid soils: Use of isopropanol for analysis. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 78, 881-893. doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.11.0499

Robins, C.R., Buck, B.J., and Williams, A.J. (2014) Establishing soil and surficial geologic habitat criteria for presumed gypsophiles – the example of Eriogonumcorymbosum var. nilesii, Mojave Desert, U.S.A. Catena, 118, 9-19.

Buck, B.J., Goossens, D. Metcalf, R.V., McLaurin, B., Ren, M., andFreudenberger, F.(2013)Naturally occurring asbestos: Potential for human exposure, southern Nevada USA. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77, 2192-2204. doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.05.0183

Williams, A.J., Buck, B.J., Soukup, D., Merkler, D. (2013) Geomorphic Controls on Biological Soil Crust Distribution: A Conceptual Model from the Mojave Desert (USA). Geomorphology. 195, 99-109

Brock-Hon, A., Robins, C.R., Buck, B.J. (2012) Micromorphological investigation of pedogenic barite in Mormon Mesa petrocalcic horizons, Nevada USA: Implication for genesis. Geoderma, 179-180, 1-8.

Robins, C.R., Brock-Hon, A., Buck, B.J. (2012) Conceptual Mineral Genesis Models for Calcic Pendants and Petrocalcic Horizons, Nevada. Soil Science Society of America Journal, doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0073

International Union of Soil Science, Young Micromorphologist Publication AwardMandy Williams (Student), 2014, “Biological Soil Crusts in the Mojave Desert, USA: Micromorphology and Pedogenesis” Soil Science Society of America Journal, 76, 1685-1695 (2012).

Alex J.R. and Lachniet, M.S. (2010) Late Quaternary glaciation and equilibrium-line altitudes of the Mayan Ice Cap, Guatemala, Central America, Quaternary Research, 74, 1-7.

Buck, B.J., Lawton, T., and Brock, A. (2010) Evaporitic paleosols in continental strata of the Carroza Formation, La Popa Basin, Mexico: record of Paleogene salt tectonics and climate change. GSA Bulletin, 1221, 1011-026.

Buck, B.J., Lawton, T., and Brock, A. (2010)Evaporitic paleosols in continental strata of the Carroza Formation, La Popa Basin, Mexico: record of Paleogene salt tectonics and climate change, GSA Bulletin, 122 (7/8), 1011-1026.

Roy, A.J., and Lachniet, M.S. (2010) Late Quaternary Glaciation in Guatemala: Equilibrium Line Altitudes of the Mayan Ice Cap, Central America. Quaternary Research, 74, 1-7.

Robins, C.R., Buck, B.J., Williams, A.J., Morton, J.L., House, P.K., Howell, M.S., Yonovitz, M.L. (2009) Comparison of Flood Hazard Assessments on Desert Piedmonts and Playas: A Case Study in Ivanpah Valley, Nevada.Geomorphology, 103(4), 520-532. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.07.020

Brock, A., and Buck, B.J. (2009) Polygenetic development of the Mormon Mesa, NV petrocalcic horizons: Importance for future application of absolute dating techniques. Catena, 1, 65-75.

Lachniet, M. S., Johnson, L., Asmerom, Y., Burns, S. J., Polyak, V. P., Patterson, W. P., Burt, L., Azouz, A. (2009) Late Quaternary moisture export across Central America and to Greenland: evidence for tropical rainfall variability from Costa Rican stalagmites. Quaternary Science Reviews. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.09.018

Robins, C. R., Buck, B.J., Williams, A.J., Morton, J.L., House, P.K., Howell, M.S., and Yonovitz, M.L., 2009, Comparison of flood hazard assessments on desert piedmonts and playas: A case study in Ivanpah Valley, Nevada.Geomorphology 103(4): 520-532.

Sedimentary Geology / Stratigraphy / Paleontology / Earth System History

Maharjan, D., Jiang, G., Peng, Y., and Nicholl, M. N. (2018) Sulfur isotope change across the Early Mississippian K–O (Kinderhookian–Osagean) δ13C excursion: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 494, p. 202-215.

Maharjan, D., Jiang, G., Peng, Y., and Henry, R. A. (2018) Paired carbonate-organic carbon and nitrogen isotope variations in Lower Mississippian strata of the southern Great Basin, western United States: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 490, p. 462-472.

Sahoo, S. K., Planavsky, N. J., Jiang, G., Kendall, B., Owens, J. D., Wang, X., Shi, X., Anbar, A. D., and Lyons, T. W. (2016) Oceanic oxygenation events in the anoxic Ediacaran ocean: Geobiology, v. 14, p. 457-468.

Evans S. L., Styron R. H., van Soeasr M. C., Hodges K. V., and Hanson A. D. (2015) Zircon and apatite (U-Th)/He evidence for Paleogene and Neogene extension in the Southern Snake Range, Nevada, USA, Tectonics,

Sahoo, S.K., Planavsky, N.J., Kendall, B., Wang, X., Shi, X., Scott, C., Anbar, A.D., Lyons, T.W., and Jiang, G. (2012) Ocean oxygenation in the wake of the Marinoan glaciation, Nature, 489, 546-549.

Howley, R. A., and Jiang, G. (2010) The Cambrian Drumian carbon isotope excursion (DICE) in the Great Basin, western United States, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 296, 138-150.

Hudson, S.M., and Hanson, A.D. (2010) Hydrocarbon migration within La Popa basin, NE Mexico and implications for hydrocarbon migration adjacent to other salt structures. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 94, 273-291.

Druschke, P. A., Jiang, G.Q., Anderson, T.B., and Hanson, A.D. (2009) Stromatolites in the Late Ordovician Eureka Quartzite: implications for microbial growth and preservation in siliciclastic settings. Sedimentology, 56, 1275-1291.

Druschke P. A., 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, 51, 743-775.

Druschke, P.A., 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,37(5), 447-450.

Hicks, M., and Rowland, S.M. (2009) Early Cambrian microbial reefs, archaeocyathan inter-reef communities, and associated facies of the Yangtze Platform.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 281, 137-153. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.07.018.

Howley, R. A., Rees, M.N., and Jiang, G., (2006) Significance of Middle Cambrian mixed carbonate-siliciclastic units for global correlation: southern Nevada, USA: Palaeoworld, v. 15, p. 360-366.

Tectonics / Structural Geology / Geophysics

Traylor, T., Burnley, P. Whitaker, W. 2021 “Initial Measurements on the Effect of Stress on P- and S-wave Velocities in Olivine”  Journal of Geophysical Research,126, e2021JB022494

Mulligan, S.R.,
Wells, M.L., Hoisch, TD, Salamat, A., Childs, C., Tschauner, O., Craddock-Affinati, S., Wills, MA., Smith, A., 2021, Deviation between quartz-in-garnet elastic geobarometry and equilibrium-based pressure-temperature modeling in Barrovian metamorphic rocks: Journal of Metamorphic Geology

Lutz, B.M., Ketcham, R.A., Axen, GJ., Beyene, M.A., Wells, M…L, van Wilk, J.W., 2021, Thermo-kinematic modeling of detachment-dominated extension, northeastern Death Valley area, USA: Implications for mid-crustal thermal-rheological evolution: Tectonophysics, v. 808, 228755.

Mulligan, S.R., Stavrou, E., Chariton, S, Tschauner, O., Salamat, A.., Wells, ML.., Smith, A., Hoisch, TD., Prakapenka, V., 2021, Equation of State for Natural Almandine, Spessartine, Pyrope Garnet: Implications for Quartz-In-Garnet Elastic Geobarometry: Minerals, 11, 458.

Balgord, E.A., Yonkee, W…A, Wells, M.L., Gentry, A., and Laskowski, A.K., 2021, Arc tempos, tectonic styles, and sedimentation patterns during evolution of the North American Cordillera: Constraints from the retroarc detrital zircon archive: Earth Science Reviews, v. 216, 103557.

Yonkee, W.A. , Eleogram, B., Wells, M.L., Stockli, D.F., Kelley, S., Barber*, D.E., 2019, Fault slip and exhumation history of the Willard thrust sheet, Sevier fold-thrust belt, Utah: Relations to wedge propagation, hinterland uplift, and foreland basin sedimentation: Tectonics, 38,

Gentry, A., Yonkee, W.A., Wells, M.L., and Balgord, E.A., 2018, Resolving the history of early fault slip and foreland basin evolution along the Wyoming salient of the Sevier fold-and-thrust belt: Integrating detrital zircon geochronology, provenance modeling, and subsidence analysis: in Tectonics, Sedimentary Basins and Provenance: A Celebration of William R. Dickinson’s Career, Geological Society of America Special Paper 540, p. 509-545.

Giallorenzo, M.A., Wells, M.L., Yonkee, W.A., Stockli, D.F., and Wernicke, B.P., 2018, Timing of exhumation, Wheeler Pass thrust sheet, southern Nevada and California: Late Jurassic to middle Cretaceous evolution of the southern Sevier fold-thrust belt: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 130, p. 558-579.

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, v. 170:20.

Tanis, E.A., Simon A., Tschauner O., Chow P., Xiao Y., Burnley P., Cline, C., Hanchar, J.,Pettke, T., Shen, G., Zhao, Y. (2015) Experimental constraints on the mobility of Nb-rutile in NaCl- and NaF-bearing aqueous fluids during the blueschist to eclogite transition in subduction zones, American Mineralogist

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.

Burnley, P.C., Cline, C. and Drue, A. (2013) Kinking in Mg2GeO4 olivine: an EBSD study. American Mineralogist,98, 927:31

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.

Kula, J.L., Tulloch, A., Spell, T.L., Wells, M.L., Zanetti, K. (2009) Thermal evolution of the Sisters Shear Zone, southern New Zealand; formation of the Great South Basin and driving mechanisms for continental breakup: Tectonics. v. 28, doi:10.1029/2008TC002368.

Hydrological and Environmental Science

Jayakody, J.A. and M.J. Nicholl (2016) Hydraulic bridges in unsaturated coarse granular media: Influence of bridge size and conductivity on flow through clasts, Advances in Water Resources, 96, pp. 202-208, DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.07.014.

Thaw, M., Nicholl, M. J., Acharya, K. (2014) Sensitivity of post-settlement Dreissena rostriformis bugensis to UVB radiation at Earth surface intensity levels, Journal of Great Lakes Research, 40(4), 934-939, DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2014.09.001.

Schwaebe, L., K. Acharya, and M.J. Nicholl (2013)Comparative efficacy of Dreissena rostriformis bugenis (Bivalve: Dreissenidae) spawning techniques, Aquatic Invasions, 8(1), pp. 45-52, 8, doi:/10.3391/ai.2013.8.1.0

Young, M.H., Moran, E.A., Yu, Z., Zhu, J., and Smith, D.E. (2009) Reducing saturated hydraulic conductivity of sandy soils with polyacrylamide. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 73(1): 13-20.

Pan, F., Ye, M., Zhu, J., Wu, Y.S., Hu, B.X., and Yu, Z. (2009) Numerical evaluation of uncertainty in water retention parameters and effect on predictive uncertainty. Vadose Zone Journal, 8(1), 158-166.

Pan, F., Ye, M., Zhu, J., Wu, Y.S., Hu, B.X., and Yu, Z. (2009) Incorporating layer- and local-scale heterogeneities in numerical simulation of unsaturated flow and tracer transport. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 103(3-4), 194-205.