My research and
teaching interests are in geomorphology
and landscape evolution. I apply fieldwork, geochronology,
and terrain metrics to investigate landscape responses to
tectonics and climate change and to decipher the landscape
evolution of the Interior West.
I am originally from rural Minnesota, made a pilgrimage
to the Southwest for graduate study, and then lucked out
and got a job here at Utah State. I am married to
Carol Dehler, also a professor here in Geology, and we have
a son, Zane.
the Interior West
How do river terraces form
and do they correlate across the region?
Can the roles of climate change versus tectonic/baselevel controls be deciphered in landscapes?
Geoarchaeology of the Colorado Plateau
is the Holocene stratigraphy of the Colorado River?
Can OSL be used to date rock falls and rock art?
Bursztyn et al., 2017, GSA Today, Virtual field trips and student motivation
Bursztyn et al., 2017, Geosphere, Learning effectiveness of virtual field trips
Pederson et al., 2016, Evolution of the Bear River and Lake Bonneville
Bursztyn et al., 2015, EPSL, Rock strength controls in Colorado Plateau
Jochems and Pederson, 2015, JGR-Earth Surface, Salt deformation and incision near Moab
Gallen et al., 2015, Geology, Transience in fluvial incision rates
Pederson et al., 2014, PNAS, Age of Barrier Canyon Style rock art
Pederson and O'Brien, 2014, Geoarchaeology, Geoarch patterns in Grand Canyon
Pederson et al., 2013, Lithosphere, Incision and faulting along Green River
Pederson et al., 2013, Geology, Colorado Plateau bull's-eye of incision
Chapot et al., 2012, Quat. Geochronology, Rock fall and rock art OSL dating
Pederson and Tressler, 2012, EPSL, Colorado River metrics and knickzones
Pederson, 2012, GSA Special Paper 489, Eastern Grand Canyon geomorphology
Harvey et al., 2011, GSA Bulletin, Arroyos and paleofloods in southern Utah
Harvey and Pederson, 2011, QSR, Reconcilng arroyo cycles and paleofloods
Hidy et al., 2010, G-cubed -Monte Carlo modeling of TCN profiles, Lee's Ferry
Roy, Jordan, and Pederson, 2009, Nature -uplift of the Colorado Plateau
Pederson et al., 2008, Science comment and reply -formation of Grand Canyon
Pederson, 2008, GSA Today -origin of Colorado River and Grand Canyon
Larsen et al., 2006, Geomorphology -hillslope processes in Dino Natl Park
Pederson et al., 2006, ESPL -gully erosion in Grand Canyon
Pederson et al., 2006, JGR-Earth Surface -Grand Canyon terraces and incision
Anders et al., 2005, QSR -Grand Canyon terrace stratigraphy and climate
Pederson and Hadder, 2005, UGA guidebook -integration of the Green River
Counts and Pederson, 2005, UGA guidebook -alluvial stratigraphy of Henrys Fork
Munroe et al., 2005, GSA guidebook -Quaternary Geology of the Uinta Mtns
Pederson et al., 2003, INQUA guidebook -geomorph of Grand Canyon
Pederson et al., 2002, GSA Today -uplift and erosion of Colorado Plateau
Pederson et al., 2002, Geology -differential incision of Grand Canyon
Pederson et al., 2001, GSA Bulletin -hillslope records of climatic sediment supply
Pederson et al., 2000, Geology -ancient colluvium
Pederson, 2000, GSA Bulletin -Holocene chronostratigraphy of Lake Canyon
GEOL 6120/7120 - Advanced (Tectonic) Geomorphology
HEY! I usually need grad students to come to Utah, hike, raft and ski, and work on projects in the beautiful Southwest! EMAIL ME!
fieldwork, OSL geochronology, and GIS terrain analysis. The facilities and
collaborators here at USU for geomorphic
studies are awesome.
Check out our Luminescence Laboratory and the Watershed Department.
potential graduate research themes:
1) Strategies for increasing engagment and diversity in geoscience education
2) Rates, processes and climate controls on escarpment retreat
3) Using river terraces and topopgraphy to quantify incision and active deformation
past grad students--where are they?
Anders, '03 - Idaho Dept. of Water Resources
Paul Petersen, '03 - GIS consultant, Ft. Collins, CO
Isaac Larsen, '03 - PhD U. Wash., geology professor at U Mass
Ron Counts, '05 - PhD Univ. of Cincinnati, now USGS
Rob Mackley, '05 - Pacific Northwest National Lab
Scott Cragun, '07 - Doc. Osteopathy, Radiology
Ben DeJong, '07 - PhD U. Vermont, consulting geologist, Montpelier, VT
Jonathan Harvey, '09 - PhD UCSB, professor at Ft. Lewis College, Durango
Erin Tainer, '09 - Geophysicist at Chevron
Chris Tressler, '10 - Natural Channel Designs Inc., Flagstaff
Andy Jochems, '13 - New Mexico Bur. of Mines & Min. Res.
Faye Geiger, '14 - Geologist at Anadarko
Natalie Bursztyn, '15 - Geology professor at Cal State Fullerton
Daphnee Tuzlak, '17 - Geomorphologist at BGC Engineering, Vancouver