Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

 
Graduate students may pursue studies emphasizing climatology and paleoclimatology; crystallography and materials science; environmental geology; geochemistry; geomorphology; geophysics; geodynamics; geospatial analysis; hydrology; igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary petrology; invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology; mineralogy; paleomagnetism; planetary sciences, sedimentology; soils; stratigraphy; structural geology; tectonics; and volcanology.

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Mineralogy and bulk chemistry of chondrules and matrix in petrologic type 3 chondrites : implications for early solar system processes, Jana Berlin

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Soil geomorphology of the eastern Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Site, Debra Bryan-Ricketts

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Metal-silicate Partitioning Behavior of Molybdenum, Tungsten, and Nickel: Implications for Core Formation, Laura Burkemper

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Fluvial sedimentation in continental half-graben basins, Sean Connell

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Neotectonic evolution of Grand Canyon : interaction between volcanism, river incision, epeirogenic uplift, and faulting, Ryan Crow

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Magmatic volatiles at rifts and arcs: Sources and fractionation effects, Joost Maarten de Moor

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Oxygen isotopes in diatom silica : a new understanding of silica-water oxygen isotope fractionation in diatom frustules and an application of diatom d180 values as a record of paleohydrologic variability in a middle-Pleistocene lacrustine core from the Valles Caldera, New Mexico, Justin Dodd

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EPISODIC UPLIFT OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS: EVIDENCE FROM U-PB DETRITAL ZIRCON GEOCHRONOLOGY AND LOW-TEMPERATURE THERMOCHRONOLOGY WITH A CHAPTER ON USING MOBILE TECHNOLOGY FOR GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION, Maria Magdalena Donahue

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An experimental and petrologic investigation of the source regions of lunar magmatism in the context of the primordial differentiation of the Moon, Stephen Elardo

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Late Quaternary semiarid eolian system dynamics : distribution, timing, and soil geomorphic controls, Black Mesa, northeastern Arizona, USA, Amy Ellwein

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MULTIDISCIPLINARY WORK TO DETERMINE HYDROLOGY OF ARID LAND SPRINGS AND HOW SPRING WATERS INFLUENCE WATER QUALITY AND ECOSYSTEM HEALTH FOR DESERT ENVIRONMENTS, Rebecca Jane Frus

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MICROSTRUCTURAL CONSTRAINTS ON THE FORMATIONAL AND THERMAL HISTORIES OF REFRACTORY INCLUSIONS IN CO3 CHONDRITES, Jangmi Han

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Sedimentation, pedogenesis, and paleoclimate conditions in the Paleocene San Juan Basin, New Mexico, U.S.A., Kevin Hobbs

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Last-saturation applications to the humidity of the subtropical middle troposphere, John Hurley

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Magnetic records from latest Triassic to earliest Jurassic red beds, Utah and Arizona, and from mid-Pleistocene lake beds, New Mexico, Linda Lee Donohoo Hurley

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Continental-scale isotope hydrology, Scott Jasechko

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Studying signatures of water on Mars at two macro and micro scales : orbital analyses of hillslope geomorphology and ChemCam calibration for surficial rock chemistry, Nina Lanza

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THE INFLUENCE OF BEAVER ACTIVITY ON MODERN AND HOLOCENE FLUVIAL LANDSCAPE DYNAMICS IN SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA, Rebekah Levine

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Quaternary Geology of Chaco Canyon, Northwestern New Mexico, David Waxham Love

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Uranium-series isotope constraints on magma generation and differentiation in the central Oregon Cascades, Euan Mitchell

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Analyzing geological materials under martian conditions using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy : plasma fundamentals, sample classification, and trace element quanitification, Ann Ollila

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Polyphase Proterozoic tectonometamorphic history of the Taos Range, northern New Mexico, Jane Pedrick

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Fluvial processes, beaver activity, and climate in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and rock type control on hillslope morphology and soil development in the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico, Lyman Persico

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GEOCHRONOLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY, AND TECTONIC CHARACTERIZATION OF QUATERNARY LARGE-VOLUME TRAVERTINE DEPOSITS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR CO2 SEQUESTRATION, Alexandra Priewisch

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STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE RIO GRANDE RIFT: SYNCHRONOUS EXHUMATION OF RIFT FLANKS FROM 20-10 MA, EMBRYONIC CORE COMPLEXES, AND FLUID-ENHANCED QUATERNARY EXTENSION, Jason Ricketts

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Mesozoic tectonics of the Maria fold and thrust belt and McCoy basin : an examination of polyphase deformation and synorogenic response, Anthony C. Salem

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ISOTOPIC CONSTRAINTS ON ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE TRANSPORT PROCESSES IN SOUTH AMERICA, Kimberly Samuels-Crow

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New Insights into the Martian Crust and Angrite Parent Body Through Meteorites, Alison R. Santos

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Geology and Petrogenesis of Ash-Flow Tuffs and Rhyolitic Lavas Associated with the Gila Cliff Dwellings Basin-Bursum Calder Complex, Southwestern New Mexico, Sheila June Seaman

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Genesis and evolution of Proterozoic crustal boundaries in the southern Rocky Mountains., Colin Arthur Shaw

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Variations in the stable isotope compositions of water vapor and precipitation in New Mexico : links to synoptic-scale weather, Mel Strong

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The impact of dams, droughts, and tributary drainages on channel form and process : Rio Grande and Rio Chama, NM, Benjamin Swanson

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Orbital-scale fluctuations in continental weathering flux and continental ice-volume during greenhouse and icehouse climate intervals : evidence from oxygen and neodymium isotopes, Bethany Theiling

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Proterozoic thermal and deformational history and geochemical evolution of the 1.4 Ga Priest pluton and its aureole, Amy G. Thompson

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Mesoproterozoic tectonic evolution of southwestern North America : protracted intracratonic deformation, sedimentation, and differential exhumation in Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountain Region, J. Michael Timmons

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Using oxygen and carbon stable isotopes, 53Mn-53Cr isotope systematics, and petrology to constrain the history of carbonates and water in the CR and CM chondrite parent bodies, Mark Tyra

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Experimental Investigation into the Thermal and Magmatic Evolution of Mercury, Kathleen Vander Kaaden

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A multi-proxy stalagmite reconstruction of the climate of southwestern North America from the Middle to Late Holocene, Christine Allen

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Geochemistry of cave pools in the Guadalupe Mountains, NM : implications for geomicrobiology, Kooser Ara

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The Jurassic Todilto Formation of New Mexico, Henry O. Ash

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Geology and Ground-Water Resources of Northern Lea County, New Mexico, Sidney R. Ash

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Geology of the San Pedro Mountains Santa Fe County, New Mexico, William W. Atkinson Jr.

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New stratigraphy, polyphase deformational history and basement-involved thrust belt model for the Proterozoic Uncompahgre Group and Vallecito Conglomerate, Needle Mountains, Colorado, Zinsser Austin

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Geologic and tectonic evolution of the Manzano Peak Quadrangle, central New Mexico, Shannon H. Baer

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Stratigraphic Relationships of Cretaceous and Early Tertiary Rocks of a Part of Northwestern San Juan Basin, Elmer H. Baltz Jr.

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Abrupt Ocean Anoxia During the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction Detected Using Uranium Isotopes of Marine Carbonates, Rickey Bartlett, Maya Elrick, Yemane Asmerom, and Viorel Atudorei

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Correlation Between Electric and Lithologic Characteristics in Four Wells in San Juan County, New Mexico, Edward C. Beaumont

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Effect of halite and calcite coatings on thermal infrared spectra wih implications for Mars exploration, Jeffrey A. Berger

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Satellite imagery evaluation of soil moisture variability in north-east part of Ganges Basin, India, Proma Bhattacharyya

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The Paleontology and Stratigraphy of the Magdalena Group of Northern and Central New Mexico, Wallace A. Bisbee

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Hot spring hydrochemistry on opposite sides of the Rio Grande rift in northern New Mexico and a geochemical connection between Valles Caldera and Ojo Caliente, Valerie Blomgren

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The Huego (GYM) Limestone, Luna County, New Mexico, Lowell E. Bogart

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Jade: Its Occurrences, Mineralogy, Geology, Uses and Technology, Robert L. Borton

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Geology of the East Potrillo Hills, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, William E. Bowers

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Qualitative Reconnaissance Methods of Geochemical Exploration, John Francis Brady Jr.

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Geology of the Sedillo-Cedro Canyon Area, Bernallio County, New Mexico, Bert Norman Brown

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A TEM study of crystalline silicates in the matrices of MET 00426 and QUE 99177 CR3.0 chondrites: Constraints on the formation mechanisms of dust in the solar nebula, Chelsea Brunner

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Petrology of the Tijeras Greenstone, Bernallio County, New Mexico, John J. Bruns

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The Study of An Unusual Augite Near Cabezon Peak, Sandoval County, New Mexico, George Brunton

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Geology of the McRae Canyon Area Sierra County, New Mexico, Hugh P. Bushnell

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Teleseismic P Wave Attenuation in the Upper Mantle Beneath the United States, Samantha Lynn Cafferky

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Stratigraphic Analysis of the Upper Cretaceous Pictured Cliffs Sandstone in Northeastern San Juan County, New Mexico, John W. Caldwell

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Geology and Structure of a Portion of the Rio Puerco Fault Belt, Western Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Jock Campbell

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Water Resources of the Western Slopes of the Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties, New Mexico, Eugene R. Caprio

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Mineral Deposits of the Granite Gap Area, Hidalgo County, New Mexico, David N. Cargo

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Characterization of fluvial facies distributions and cyclicity using terrestrial lidar: Paleocene Nacimiento Formation, Kutz Canyon, New Mexico, Jeffrey Carritt

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Pennsylvanian Spores from the Sandia Formation Santa Fe County, New Mexico, Thomas L. Carten

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Spores of the Pennsylvanian Toronto Limestone in Kansas and Oklahoma, James F. Carter

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Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Pennsylvanian Rocks of the Rim of the Sandia Mountains, Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties, New Mexico, Paul Anthony Catacosinos

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Observed Changes in Climate and Streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, Shaleene Chavarria

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The Variegated Member of the Morrison Formation in the Southeastern Part of the San Juan Basin, Valencia County New Mexico, William L. Chenoweth

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Hypogene Zoning in the Lordsburg Mine District, Hidalgo County, New Mexico, K. F. Clark

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Geology of Torreon and Pedricenas Quadrangles, Coahuila and Durango, Mexico, Russell E. Clemons

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The Virginius Vein Ore Deposit, Northwestern San Juan Mountains, Colorado: A Study of the Mineralogy, Structure, and Fluid Inclusions of an Epithermal Base-Metal and Silver Vein in a Volcanic Environment, Berton Woodward Coxe

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Geochemical characteristics and microbial diversity of CO2-rich mound springs of the Tierra Amarilla anticline, New Mexico, Brandi Cron

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New incision rates on the Colorado River system based on cosmogenic burial dating of terraces : implications for a transient knickpoint at Lees Ferry and differential uplift of the Rocky Mountains, Andrew Darling

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Slope Deposits of the Pennsylvanian Haymond Formation, Marathon Region, Texas, Walter E. Dean Jr.

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Geology of the Sierra de Santa Rita, Zacatecas, Mexico, Zoltan deCserna

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The Instability of Folded Structures, Robert Del Mar

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The Geology of South Fork Thrust and Subsurface Geology of the Belknap Ranch, Park County, Wyoming, James L. Deurmyer

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Upper Cretaceous Farmington Sandstone of Northeastern San Juan County, New Mexico, Ottis L. Dilworth

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The Structural Geology of the Cerrillos Hills Area, New Mexico, Alan E. Disbrow

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Records of Wells Drilled for Oil and Gas in New Mexico, George H. Dixon

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Banded metasiltstones in Trigo Canyon : the story they tell about the Proterozoic deformational history of the Manzano Mountains, Linda Doran

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REMOTELY MAPPING SURFACE ROUGHNESS ON ALLUVIAL FANS: AN APPROACH FOR UNDERSTANDING DEPOSITIONAL PROCESSES, Sarah Doyle

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The partial molar volume of carbon dioxide in peridotite partial melt at high pressure, Megan Duncan

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Characterization of a volcanically impacted, overfilled continental rift basin within the southeastern Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, Ashley Elizabeth Edelman

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Geology of the Nutria Monocline, McKinley County, New Mexico, R. John Edmonds

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Experimental simulation of Lunar Magma Ocean crystallization : insights into mantle composition and the source regions of lunar basaltic magmatism, Stephen Matthew Elardo

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U-series dating, geochemistry, and geomorphic studies of travertines and springs of the Springerville area, east-central Arizona, and tectonic implications., Eileen Hardy Embid

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Geology of the Golden Area, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, W. L. Emerick

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A Petrographic and Environmental Study of the Upper Cretaceous Greenhorn Limestone, New Mexico, John W. Emerson

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The Geology and Geomorphology of the White Rock Canyon Area, New Mexico, Robert J. Emmanuel

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Heterogeneity effects on flow and transport within a shallow fluvial aquifer, Nicholas Engdahl

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Geology of the Pedernal Hills Area Torrance County, New Mexico, John F. Fallis

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The Crystal Structure of CeNi, Joseph J. Finney

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HOLOCENE FIRE-RELATED ALLUVIAL CHRONOLOGY AND GEOMORPHIC IMPLICATIONS IN THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS, NEW MEXICO, Erin Fitch

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Stratigraphy and Structure of the French Mesa Area, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, Francis L. Fitter

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Geology and Ground-Water Resources of the Portales Valley Area, Roosevelt and Curry Counties, New Mexico, Sherman E. Galloway

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Geology of the White Rock Mountain Area, Gunnison County, Colorado, David L. Gaskill