Julie Fosdick

Julie Fosdick

Assistant Professor

Robert R. Shrock Professorship
in Sedimentary Geology

Office:   GY429
Phone:  812-855-6109
Email:   jfosdick@indiana.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2012: Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
  • M.S. 2007: Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
  • B.S. 2004: Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests

Tectonics, thermochronology, sedimentary basin analysis

My research addresses the interactions between crustal deformation, exhumation, and basin evolution during mountain-building. I am particularly interested in understanding the long-term evolution of orogenic belts during their growth and denudation as recorded in the sedimentary record. I draw upon numerous field-based, analytical, and modeling tools that include basin analysis, low–temperature thermochronology, and structural geology

Grants In Progress, 2015

Quaternary Fault Slip Behavior of the Mission Creek Fault of the Southern San Andreas Fault Zone, CA: Part II – Constraining Sedimentary Provenance and Displacements of Pleistocene Alluvial Fans Systems. The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC).

Overview of project goals (2014-2015): This project aims to revise Quaternary fault displacements along the Mission Creek fault strand of the San Andreas Fault Zone in the San Gorgonio Pass area by evaluating the sedimentary provenance of displaced Quaternary alluvial fan deposits and the position of their restored drainages within the San Bernardino and Little San Bernardino Mountains. Results will enable us to evaluate whether or not fault slip on the Mission Creek fault strand decreases from the northern Coachella Valley as the fault enters the San Gorgonio Pass region, or if instead the fault strand is an important Quaternary to Holocene structure in accommodating lateral slip between the PA-NA plates.

Prospective graduate students

Students with interests in tectonics, thermochronology, and sedimentary processes are welcome to contact me about graduate research opportunities.

Professional Experience

  • 2015-2018: Rober R. Shrock Professorship in Sedimentary Geology, Indiana University
  • 2013-present: Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington IN
  • 2012-2013: NSF Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona Tucson AZ