Karl E. Karlstrom

Ph.D., Wyoming, 1981 (Professor)
Office: Northrop Hall Rm. 205; 277-4346 Email:kek1@unm.edu

Research and Academic Interests:

Structural Geology and Tectonics. Research interests in field and analytical studies of ductile rock deformation; growth and assembly of Proterozoic continental lithosphere in North America; and studies of the dynamic interaction of deformation, pluton ascent, emplacement and metamorphism. Studies of uplift history of the Western U.S., including dynamic topography and mantle-to-surface interactions.

List of Related Web Links:

Karl E. Karlstrom Personal Page

Selected Refereed Journal Articles Since 2010 (*= student coauthors)

Shufeldt*, O.P., Karlstrom, K.E., Gehrels, G.E., and Howard, K., 2010, Archean detrital zircons in the Proterozoic Vishnu Schist of the Grand Canyon, Arizona: Implications for crustal architecture and Nuna reconstructions: Geology, v. 38. p. 1099 - 1102. 

Crow*, R.,Karlstrom, K., Asmerom, Y., Schamndt, B., Polyak, V., and DuFrane, S.A., 2011, Shrinking of the Colorado Plateau via lithospheric mantle erosion: Evidence from Nd and Sr isotopes and geochronology of Neogene basalts, Geology, v. 39, p. 27-30. 

Crow*, R., Karlstrom, K.E., Crossey, L.J., Semken, S., Perry, D., Williams, M., and Bryan, J., 2011, It’s about time: Innovations in geoscience education at Grand Canyon: Legacy, v. 22, p. 26-27. 

Levander A., Schmandt, B., Miller, M.S., Liu, K., Karlstrom, K.E., Crow*, R.S., and Humphreys, E.D., 2011, Regional Colorado Plateau Uplift by Delamination and Thermo-Chemical Downwelling of North American Lithosphere: Nature, v. 472, p. 461–465. 

Coblentz, D., and K. E. Karlstrom, 2011, Tectonic geomorphometrics of the Western U.S.: Speculations on the surface expression of upper mantle processes, Geochemisty, Geophysics, and Geosystems, v. 12, no. 11, doi:10.1029/2011GC003579, 20 p. 

Doe*, M.F., Jones, J.V., III, Karlstrom, K.E., Thrane, K., Frei, D., Gehrels, G., and Pecha, M., 2012, Basin formation near the end of the 1.6-1.45 Ga tectonic gap in southern Laurentia: Mesoproterozoic Hess Canyon Group of Arizona an implications for 1.5 Ga supercontinent configurations: Lithosphere, v. 4, no. 1, p. 77-88. 

Karlstrom, K.E., Coblentz, D., Dueker, K., Ouimet, W., Kirby, E., Van Wijk, J., Schmandt*, B., Kelley, S., Lazear, G., Crossey, L.J., Crow*, R., Aslan, A, Darling*, A., Aster, R., MacCarthy*, J., Hansen*, S.M., Stachnik*, J., Stockli, D.F., Hoffman*, M., McKeon*, R., Feldman*, J. Heizler, M., Donahue*, M.S., and the CREST working group, 2011, Surface response to mantle convection beneath the Colorado Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau: Lithosphere, v. 4 p. 3-22.

 Darling*, A., Karlstrom, K.E., Granger, D., Aslan, A., Kirby, E., Ouimet, W., Lazear, G., Coblentz, D., and Cole, R., 2012, New incision rates along the Colorado River system based on cosmogenic burial dating of terraces: implications for regional controls on differential incision: Geosphere, October 2012; v. 8; no. 5; p. 1020–1041. 

 Timmons*, J.M., and Karlstrom, K.E., eds., 2012, Grand Canyon Geology: 2 Billion Years of Earth History: Geological Society of America Special Paper 489, 156 p. 

Karlstrom, K.E., Crossey, L.C., Hilton, D.R., and Barry, P.H., 2013, Active mantle degassing above the Aspen Anomaly of Colorado: Mantle to surface interconnections and implications for neotectonics of the Rocky Mountains: Geology, v. 41, no. 4, p. 495-498, doi:10.1130/G34007.1.

Lee* J.P. , Stockli, D.F., Kelley, S.A., Pederson, J.L., Karlstrom, K.E., Ehlers, T.A., 2013, New Thermochronometric Constraints on the Tertiary Landscape Evolution of Central and Eastern Grand Canyon, Arizona: Geosphere, v.9, no.2, p. 216-228, doi:10.1130/GES00842.1. 

Nereson*, A., Stroud, J., Karlstrom, K.E., Heizler, M., McIntosh, W., 2013, Dynamic topography of the western Great Plains: Geomorphic and 40Ar/39Ar evidence for mantle-driven uplift associated with the Jemez lineament of NE New Mexico and SE Colorado: Geosphere, v.9, p. 521-545, doi:10.1130/GE500837.1. 

Lazear, G., Karlstrom, K.E., Aslan, A., and Kelley, S., 2013, Denudation and flexural isostatic response of the Colorado Plateau and southern Rocky Mountain region since 10 Ma: Geosphere, v.9, no.4, p. 792-814, doi:10.1130/GEO00836.1.

Doe*, M.F., Jones, J.V. III, Karlstrom, K.E., Dixon**, B., Gehrels, G., and Pecham M., 2013, Using detrital zircon ages and Hf isotopes to identify 1.48 1 -1.45 Ga sedimentary basins and fingerprint sources of exotic 1.6-1.5 Ga grains in southwestern Laurentia: Precambrian Research, v. 231, p. 409-421: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2013.03.002.

Karlstrom, K.E., Lee, J., Kelley, S., Crow*, R., Young, R., Lucchitta, I., Beard, S., Dorsey, R., Ricketts, J., Dickinson, W., and Crossey, L., 2013, Comment on: “Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon: Science: v. 340, no. 6129 p. 143, DOI: 10.1126/science.1233982 

Donahue*, M.S., Karlstrom, K.E., Aslan, A., Darling, A., Granger, D., Wan, E., Dickinson, R., and Kirby, E., 2013, Quaternary bedrock incision of the ~ 1 Ma Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado, associated with knickpoint transience and mantle-driven uplift: Geosphere, v.9, p. 815-826.  

Hansen, S. M., K. G. Dueker, J. C. Stachnik, R. C. Aster, and K. E. Karlstrom (2013), A rootless Rockies– Support and lithospheric structure of the Colorado Rocky mountains Inferred from CREST and TA seismic data, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: v.14, no. 8, p. 2670–2695, doi:10.1002/ggge.20143. 

Karlstrom, K.E., Lee, J., Kelley, S., Crow, R., Crossey, L.J., Young, R., Lazear, G., Beard, L.S., and Ricketts, J., Fox, M., Shuster D., 2014, Formation of the Grand Canyon 5 to 6 million years ago through integration of older palaeocanyons: Nature Geoscience, January 2014, DOI:10.1038/NGEO2065. 

 Ricketts*, J., Karlstrom, K.E., Crossey, L.J., and Prievisch*, A., 2014, Persistent Quaternary extension in the Rio Grande rift at elevated strain rates: Interaction between magmatism, fluid-enhanced paleoseismicity, and travertine deposition documented in central New Mexico: Lithosphere, v. 6, p. 3-16, doi:10.1130/L278.1 

Aslan, A., Hood, W.C., Karlstrom, K.E., Kirby, E., Granger, D.E., Kelley, S., Crow, R., Donahue, M.S., Polyak, V., and Asmerom, Y., 2014, Abandonment of Unaweep Canyon (1.4–0.8 Ma), western Colorado: Effects of stream capture and anomalously rapid Pleistocene river incision: Geosphere, v. 10, no. 3, p. 428-446, doi:10.1130/GES00986.1.

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