Indiana University Bloomington

Erika Elswick

Julie fosdick

Assistant Professor

Sedimentary Geology and Tectonics

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

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

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

Prospective graduate students

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

Professional Experience

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

Courses Taught

  • Thermochronology and Crustal Evolution (GEOL-G690)
  • Geology of State and National Parks Revealed (GEOL-G138)
  • Sedimentary Basin Analysis (GEOL-G572)
  • Applications of Detrital Geochronology (GEOL-G690)

Selected Publications

Fosdick, J.C., Graham, S.A., and Hilley, G.E., in press. Influence of attenuated lithosphere and sediment loading on flexure of the deep-water Magallanes retroarc foreland basin, Southern Andes: Tectonics. DOI

Fosdick, J.C., Grove, M., Graham, S.A., Hourigan, J.K., Lovera, O.M., and Romans, B.R. 2014. Detrital thermochronologic record of burial heating and sediment recycling in the Magallanes foreland basin, Patagonian Andes. Basin Research. DOI

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

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

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. 612–628. DOI

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