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Byron Adams Phairot Chantanatavet Simon Brocklehurst Steve DeLong
Roman DiBiase Xavier Roberts Ben Crosby Nicole Gasparini
Jeni McDermott Michael Zoldak Joel Johnson Jeffrey Parsons
Matthew Rossi Eric Kirby Drew Stolar
Stephen Lancaster Greg Tucker
Will Ouimet
Kristen Paris
Taylor Schildgen
Melinda Shimizu
Noah Snyder
Katerina Spyropoulou
Kelli Wakefield
Leah Windhorst
Cam Wobus

kelin Kelin X. Whipple
School of Earth and Space Exploration

Office:        PSF-638
Phone:        (480) 965-9508
Address:    PO Box 871404
                   Tempe, AZ 85287

Curriculum Vitae

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Graduate Students
byron Byron Adams
Ph.D. Candidate
M.S. in Geology, University of Cincinnati, 2007
B.S. in Geology, Ball State University,  2005

Advisors: Kelin Whipple and Kip Hodges

Office:        PSF-210
Phone:        (480) 965-4110

Research Interests: My primary interests lie within the broad spectrum of surface processes and tectonics, as well as their interactions with climate. My specific pursuits include utilizing and developing quantitative techniques (thermochronology and terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide dating) to better understand geologic processes specific to geomorphology and tectonics (e.g. erosion, exhumation, uplift, incision). My previous and current research ventures have focused on the Greater Himalaya of northern India and Bhutan. My research relies heavily on fieldwork and the processing of samples gathered in the field.
roman Roman DiBiase
Ph.D. Candidate 
B.A. in Geophysics, University of California, 2005

Advisor: Kelin Whipple

Office:        PSF-210
Phone:        (480) 965-4110

Research Interests: I am generally interested in how landscapes respond to changes in climate, tectonics and land use. Specifically, how hillslopes and channels adjust to these changes, and whether we can use the current topography to infer past conditions. I use a combination of field surveys, digital elevation models, and cosmogenic radionuclides to infer process, quantify topography, and measure long term erosion rates. I am currently working in the San Gabriel mountains in southern California.
jeni Jeni McDermott
Ph.D. Candidate
M.S. in Geology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2002

Advisors: Kelin Whipple and Kip Hodges

Office:        PSF-209
Phone:        (480) 727-0342

Research Interests: While at California State, Monterey Bay, Jeni worked with Dr. Douglas Smith, monitoring active geomorphic features such as gullies and landslides as well as completing a paired watershed comparison and establishing annual sediment budgets for impaired streams. In June, 2006, she completed her Master's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara with Dr. Jordan Clark. For her thesis, she used multiple tracers to examine ground water travel times at an artificial recharge facility. Jeni began her PhD work with Kelin and Kip in August, 2006; she is working on the southern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, using low-temperature thermochronology and process geomorphology to establish rates of erosion, ages of neotectonic faults, and constraints on minimum ages of major Transhimalayan river gorges.
matt Matthew Rossi
Ph.D. Candidate 
B.S. in Geology, The College of William and Mary, 2003

Advisor: Kelin Whipple

Office:        PSF-210
Phone:       (480) 965-4110

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in landscape evolution over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.  This includes improving our understanding of the details of fluvial incision mechanics, natural hazard prediction and mitigation, modern climate change and other anthropogenic effects on surface processes, and dynamic feedbacks among climate, tectonics, and erosion.  My dissertation research focuses on quantifying climatic controls on erosion rates in mountainous settings.  To do this, we collect river sands from a diverse suite of climate regimes and determine erosion rates by measuring cosmogenically produced radionuclides.
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Post-Doctoral Research Associates
phairot Phairot Chatanantavet
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Ph.D.  in Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, 2007
M.E. in Water Resources, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2001
B.E. in Civil Engineering, Chiangmai University, Thailand, 1999

Ph.D. Advisor: Gary Parker

Office:        ISTB2-Experimental Geomorphology Lab

Research Interests: I am interested in the processes that shape the Earth's surface occurring over various spatial and temporal scales. I mostly focus on fluvial systems or rivers, which are part of the landscape and affected by other physical, chemical, and biological processes. I use many methodologies including theoretical analysis, numerical modeling, physical experiments, and field work.   I am currently conducting a number of experiments at the ASU Flume Lab. 
xavier Xavier Robert
Junior Fellow - Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Ph.D.  in Earth Sciences at Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, France, 2008
M.S.  in Earth Sciences at Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, France, 2004

Agrégation in Earth and Life Sciences, École Normal Supérieure de Lyon, France  2003

Ph.D. Advisors: Peter van der Beek and Jean-Luis Mugnier

Office:        PSF-210
Phone:       (514) 987-3000 (1718)

Research Interests: Xavier Robert is a CIFAR Junior Fellow working under the joint supervision of  Alessandro Forte in the Département des sciences de la terre et de l’atmosphère at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Kelin Whipple in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and Peter Reiners in the Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona.

Xavier’s research to date has focused on the evolution of mountain belts. He has devoted much of his work to exploring the links between erosion, other processes that shape landscapes, and active tectonic movement within mountain belts. Xavier uses a variety of techniques to study this evolution across multiple scales of space and time, including field experiments, computational modeling, and especially low-temperature thermochronology – the study of the correlation between time and rock temperature. During his Junior Fellowship, he plans to extend his research to larger space-time scales by focusing on how the evolution of major structural variations in the deep earth has influenced the shape of the Earth’s surface on regional scales. This work will integrate the techniques mentioned above with studies of the evolutionary formation of rivers and plateaus.
Michael Zoldak
GIS Analyst
M.A.  in Geography at University of New Mexico, 2000

B.A. in History at Cleveland State University, 1993 

Office:        PSF-210
Phone:       (480) 965-4110

Research Interests: Michael has twelve years of experience working the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  in both private and academic settings.  His primary expertise lay in the development of spatial-analytical tools and the extension of existing tools to the geophysical sciences.  He has also done work in the realms of 3D visualization, GIS instruction and training, GIS for resource management, and remote sensing analysis.
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Past Graduate Students
Simon Brocklehurst Ph.D.   2002 Glacial Erosion and Relief Production: Implications for coupling between climate and tectonics
Lecturer at University of Manchester, UK
Katrina Cornell M.Sc.  2007 Experimental Investigation of Suspended Load Abrasion in Bedrock Rivers
River guide in western U.S. and Peru/Chile
Ben Crosby Ph.D.   2006 Knickpoint Migration: Rates and Processes
Assistant Professor at Idaho State University
Joel Johnson Ph.D.   2007 Physics of River Incision Processes: Field and Experimental Study
Assistant Professor at University of Texas-Austin
Eric Kirby Ph.D.   2000 Structural , Thermal, and Geomorphic Evolution of the Min Shan Range: Implications for the processes of continental deformation, Tibetan Plateau
Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University
Stephen Lancaster Ph.D.   1998 River Meandering
Associate Professor at Oregon State University
Will Ouimet Ph.D.   2007 Large Landslides and the Transient Response of Bedrock Channel on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau
Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College
Kristen Paris M.Sc.  2008 Canyon Systems of Athabasc Valles, Mars
Research Associate, LROC Mission, Arizona State University
Taylor Schildgen Ph.D.   2007 Surface Uplift, Fluvial Itncision, and Geodynamics of Plateau Evolution, from the Western Margin of the Central Andean Plateau
Postdoctoral researcher at Potsdam University, Germany
Melinda Shimizu M.Sc.  2008 Controls on Glacial Hanging Valley Height
Ph.D. Student in Geography, Arizona State University
Noah Snyder Ph.D.   2001 Landscape response to Tectonic and Eustatic Forcing, King Range, California
Assistant Professor at Boston College
Katerina Spyropoulou M.Sc.  2003 Interpretation of Tectonics from Digital Elevation Data in the San Gabriel Mountains, CA
Kelli Wakefield M.Sc.  2009 Alluvial Fans on Mars: Implications for climate and water budget
Geology Faculty at Mesa Community College
Leah Windhorst M.Sc.  2004 Tributary Junctions and Longitudinal Profile Form i Mixed Bedrock-Alluvial Channels
K-12 Teacher, Minnesota
Cam Wobus Ph.D.   2005 Geomorphic and Thermochronologic Study of Active Thrust Systems of the Central Nepalese Himalaya
Senior Scientist at Stratus Consulting
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Past Post-doctoral Researchers
Steve DeLong Assistant Research Professor at Biosphere 2-University of Arizona
Nicole Gasparini Assistant Professor at Tulane University
Jeffrey Parsons Associate Professor at University of Washington
Drew Stolar
Greg Tucker Associate Professor at University of Colorado-Boulder
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