My research and
teaching interests are in process
geomorphology and landscape evolution. I am specifically
interested in using fieldwork, geochronology, and GIS to
investigate landscape responses to tectonics and climate change
and the landscape evolution of the Colorado Plateau.
I am originally from rural Minnesota, made a pilgrimage
to the Southwest for graduate study, and am now lucky
enough to be employed here at Utah State. I am
married to Carol Dehler, also a professor here in
Geology, and we have a son, Zane.
How do river terraces
form and do they correlate across the region?
How do drainage position and geometry control alluvial stratigraphy?
What roles do climate change versus upstream-migrating baselevel controls have?
Geoarchaeology of the Colorado Plateau
is the Holocene stratigraphy of the Colorado River?
Can OSL be used to date rock art and other archaeological features?
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
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 3600 - Geomorphology go to course web page
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) Rates, processes and climate controls on escarpment retreat
2) Using river terraces and topopgraphy to quantify incision and active deformation in the Colorado Plateau
past grad students--where are they?
Anders, '03 - Idaho Dept. of Water Resources
Paul Petersen, '03 - Geographics, Inc., Logan Utah
Isaac Larsen, '03 - PhD U. Wash., now postdoc Cal Tech
Ron Counts, '05 - PhD Univ. of Cincinnati, now USGS
Rob Mackley, '05 - Pacific Northwest National Lab
Scott Cragun, '07 - Doc. of Radiology
Ben DeJong, '07 - USGS, PhD student U. Vermont
Jonathan Harvey, '09 - PhD student UC Santa Barbara
Erin Tainer, '09 - Geophysicist at Chevron
Chris Tressler, '10 - Natural Channel Designs Inc., Flagstaff
Andy Jochems, '13 - New Mexico Bur. of Mines & Min. Res.