Topographic Evolution of Nepal, Norway, and Northern Arizona

Dr. Jeni McDermott and her students examine the evolution of complex topographic systems using river characteristics to understand the underlying tectonics (or lack thereof).

Dr. McDermott is currently working with students on three ESCI-related projects. The first examines the duration of fault slip on faults near the Himalayan range crest and asks whether such faults are active into 'modern' times.

‌Dr. McDermott and two ESCI-Geology students, Jack Kellner and Claire Spangenberg, below Annapurna II

C‌laire Spangenberg (ESCI-Geology and Biology) collects a sample for cosmogenic surface dating
Jack Kellner (ESCI-Geology) examines a brittle extensional fault near the Himalayan range crest

The second project seeks to understand the dramatic topography of Norway, a region that has been isolated from tectonic boundaries for over 50 million years.

Amoton national park where the waterfalls are several hundred meters high!

Dr. McDermott also studies the Virgin River in northern Arizona, a deeply incised river reminiscent of the Grand Canyon (and a tributary to the Colorado) that is poorly understood.

Tributary of the Vigin River Gorge