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!

Current Grants

  • Quaternary Fault Slip Behavior of the Mission Creek Fault of the Southern San Andreas Fault Zone, CA: Part II – Contraining 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

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

Courses Taught

  • 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., submitted, Influence of attenuated lithosphere and sediment loading on flexure of the deep-water Magallanes retroarc foreland basin, Southern Andes: Tectonics.

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

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