UntitledTomas Capaldi

Assistant professor

Sedimentary Geology, Tectonics, Basin Dynamics, Quaternary Geology

Office: LFG
Phone: 702-895-3262
Email: tomas.capaldi@unlv.edu


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Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (2019)
B.S. University of California Los Angeles (2014)

Research interests:

My research uses sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geochronology to trace the transport of sediments across Earth’s surface to address problems related to the timing and mechanisms driving mountain belt erosion, non-marine sediment transport processes, and basin evolution over variable timescales. My research employs (1) field techniques: measuring stratigraphic sections, facies analysis, and geologic mapping; (2) analytical methods involving sediment provenance proxies using U-Pb geochronology, Lu-Hf isotope geochemistry, and optically stimulated luminescence; and (3) forward modeling approaches that incorporates digital elevation models and sediment provenance datasets to compare to the stratigraphic record. This multi-disciplinary approach provides insights into sediment transfer dynamics in terrestrial systems and resulting feedbacks and relationships with continental stratigraphy, which has implications for paleoclimate reconstructions, resource management, and paleogeography.

Recent Publications:

Capaldi, T.N., McKenzie, N.R., Horton, B.K., Mackaman-Lofland, C., Colleps, C.L., and Stockli, D.F., in review, Phanerozoic magmatism and tectonic evolution of the southern Central Andes recorded by detrital zircon U-Th-Pb and Lu-Hf analysis. Geosphere

Ramos, E.J. and Capaldi, T.N., in review, Lithium isotope compositions of river water explained by drainage catchment properties. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

Capaldi, T.N., Horton, B.K, McKenzie, N.R., Mackaman-Lofland, C., Stockli, D.F., Ortiz, G., and Alvarado, P., 2020, Neogene retroarc foreland basin evolution, sediment provenance, and magmatism in response to flat-slab subduction, western Argentina. Tectonics

Capaldi, T.N., George, S.W.M, Hirtz, J.A., Horton, B.K, Stockli, D.F., 2019, Fluvial and eolian sediment mixing during changing climate conditions recorded in Holocene Andean foreland deposits from Argentina (31-33° S). Frontiers in Earth Science, Research Topic Sedimentary System Responses to External Forcings: A Process-Based Perspective. v.7

Capaldi, T.N., Horton, B.K, McKenzie, N.R., Stockli, D.F., and Odlum, M.L., 2017, Sediment provenance in contractional orogens: The detrital zircon record from modern rivers in the Andean fold-thrust belt and foreland basin system of western Argentina. Earth and Planetary Sciences, v. 479, p. 83-97.