Joel Saylor
About me: One of my recent interests includes the basin record of the onset of orogenesis and subsequent changes in basin geometry based on quantitative multi-proxy sediment provenance and dispersal reconstructions. I am also pursing the stable isotopic record of elevation changes in high-elevation terranes including the Tibetan Plateau and Peruvian Altiplano. Surface uplift can result in local and regional climate and environmental changes which can also impact the depositional and stable isotope systems.

Crystal Saadeh

About me: I am an undergraduate student working towards graduating in December of 2014 with my BS in Geology. After graduation I am aiming for continuing my education by pursuing a Master’s in Geology and then working in the oil and gas industry. Eventually I aspire getting my PH.D in Geology and becoming a professor to follow my research interests. Currently I am particularly enthusiastic about the application of stable isotopic analysis and clumped isotope thermometry to reconstruct paleoclimate conditions. Ongoing research is focused on conducting a long-term paleoclimate reconstruction of the Zhada basin in southwestern Tibet using stable isotopes (O and C) from bulk carbonate sediment. We interpret the changes in precipitation/evaporation ratios in relation to monsoon intensity and Milankovitch cyclicity to provide a record at 20 kyr. intervals. To further understand these changes I anticipate using clumped isotope thermometry to constrain the temperature in which these carbonates grew. Together this data will help scientists better understand the uplift history of the Tibetan Plateau and shed a new light on uplift and climate processes all around the world.

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Jessica Jordan

About me: I am a M.S. candidate working on the NE Tibetan Plateau conducting a stratigraphic provenance study with intent of delineating the structural evolution of Linxia Basin from Miocene to Present. My interests include mountain biking, climbing, running with my awesome dog, and doing geology.

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Kurt Sundell

Office: SR1 328
About me: I am a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Houston working under the advisement of Dr. Joel E. Saylor. My primary interests are tectonics and sedimentation. I use a variety of stratigraphic, as well as stable and radiogenic isotopic geochemical tools to understand large-scale tectonic problems. Currently, I am investigating a suite of intermontane basins in southern Peru in attempt to place constraints on geodynamic models explaining the development of the central Andean plateau of South America.

Tyson Smith

About me: I am a first year PhD student in the geology program at the University of Houston. I am interested in the broad topic of tectonics and applying the appropriate array of tools with a strong focus on field work to answer questions germane to the record of crustal motion. Currently, I am putting together a project that will tackle the uncertainties surrounding the intracratonic deformation of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains (ARM) by employing a suite of basin analysis methodologies. Despite the attention that the ARM has received, the timing and sequence of basement block uplifts, and subsequent basin formation and filling remain ambiguous. Consequently, a detailed understanding of the underlying mechanism that drove the ARM continues to be elusive. This project is still very much in its developmental stage, but a plan of attack has begun to emerge and I look forward to collecting field data this summer.

Nick Bartschi

About me: I am a first year MS geology student working to understand the effects of accommodation and sediment supply on Late Cretaceous foreland basin stratigraphic architecture in the Book Cliffs, Utah. I plan on employing the use of detrital zircon geochronology to constrain spatial and temporal changes in sedimentary provenance associated with major changes in the foreland basin stratigraphic architecture, as well as using detrital zircon thermochronology to understand what controls, more specifically changes in sediment supply or accommodation, affected the foreland basin stratigraphy. Ideally, we hope to use both of these methods to better understand the Late Cretaceous evolution of the North American Cordilleran foreland basin stratigraphic architecture.

Soty Odoh

About me: I am a first year MS Geology student working under Dr Joel Saylor. My interest is in determining the association of active thrusting, loading and sediment supply from the Eastern Cordillera mountain range with varying sediment types deposited in the foreland basin. My research would start from the Floresta basin and expand to the Medina basin and/or the Nunchia syncline all around the Colombia region. I plan to use detrital zircon Geochronology and thermochronology double dating to better constrain age and provenance as well as use lag time plots to ascertain the variations in exhumation patterns of the orogeny and source areas of the corresponding deposited sediments. These methods would be applied to get a better understanding of which of the fine or coarse grained sediments was deposited during actual orogenic activity. I hope to commence my field work by the coming summer break and have results by the end of 2015.