Indiana University Bloomington

Erika Elswick

Julie fosdick

Assistant Professor

Sedimentary Geology and Tectonics

Office:   GY405
Phone:  812-855-6109
Research Website

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 in orogenic settings. I am particularly interested in understanding the thermotectonic history of mountain belts during their growth and denudation as recorded in the sedimentary record. In my studies, I draw upon numerous field–based, analytical, and modeling tools that include low–temperature thermochronology, geochronology, basin analysis, structural geology, and numerical modeling. Our ability to understand these processes and evaluate causal relationships hinges on having robust timing constraints. In this regard, my research uses low–temperature thermochronology as a means to quantify the timing and rates of erosion and sedimentation during orogenesis.

Renovations for the new Basin Analysis & Helium Thermochronology Laboratory are underway!

Prospective graduate students

I encourage students with interests in tectonics and sedimentary systems to contact me about graduate research opportunities.

Professional Experience

  • 2013 Assistant Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Tectonics, Indiana University Bloomington IN
  • 2012–2013 NSF Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona Tucson AZ

Selected Publications

Fosdick, J.C., Grove, M., Graham, S.A., Hourigan, J.K., Lovera, O.M., and Romans, B.R., in review Basin Research, Detrital thermochronologic record of burial heating and sediment recycling in the Magallanes foreland basin, Patagonian Andes.

Fosdick, J.C., Grove, M., Hourigan, J.K., and Calderón, M., 2013, Retroarc deformation and exhumation near the end of the Andes, southern Patagonia: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 361, p. 504-517, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.12.007.

Fosdick, J.C., Romans, B.W., Fildani, A., Calderón, M.N., Bernhardt, A., and Graham, S.A., 2011, Kinematic history of the Cretaceous–Neogene Patagonia fold–thrust belt and Magallanes foreland Basin, Chile and Argentina (51°30’S): GSA Bulletin, v. 123, p. 1679-1698. doi:10.1130/B30242.1.

Romans, B.W., Fildani, A., Hubbard, S.M., Covault, J.A., Fosdick, J.C., and Graham, S.A., 2011, Evolution of deep–water stratigraphic architecture, Magallanes Basin, Chile. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 612628. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.05.002

Fosdick, J.C. and Colgan, J.P., 2008, Miocene extension in the East Range, Nevada: A two-stage history of normal faulting in the northern Basin and Range: GSA Bulletin, v. 120, p. 1198-1213. doi:10.1130/B26201.1