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Elizabeth Cassel

Elizabeth Cassel

Associate Professor


McClure 301B



Mailing Address

Department of Geological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3022
Moscow, ID 83844-3022

  • Ph.D., Geological and Environmental Sciences, 2010—Stanford University
  • B.A., Geology, 2003—Carleton College

  • Orogenesis and the interactions of tectonics, climate, and erosion
  • Convergent margins
  • Basin analysis
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Geo- and thermochronology
  • Earth surface processes

  • Tectonic and topographic evolution of the Cordilleran hinterland: implications for the timing and magnitude of Basin and Range extension 
  • Drivers for basin formation and lacustrine evolution through the Eocene-Oligocene sedimentary and volcanic record in eastern Nevada
  • History of Cenozoic uplift and forearc basin evolution in the southern Peruvian Andes
  • Late Eocene flora and depositional systems in eastern Oregon
  • Hydration processes and stable isotope systematics in felsic volcanic glass
  • Paleotopography, drainage system evolution, and exhumation history of the western Cordillera: Idaho, Nevada, Utah, & B.C.

  • Jackson Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013—University of Texas at Austin
  • NSF grant: Record of Tectonics in the Cordilleran Hinterland


Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences

Physical Address:
McClure 201

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3021
Moscow ID, 83843-3021

Geography: 208-885-6216
Geology: 208-885-6192