Research Professor, UTIG
Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona
M.S., 1994, Montana State University
B.S., 1992, University of New Mexico
email: horton at ig.utexas.edu
Brian's Research Interests
- Evolution of contractional orogenic belts and foreland, hinterland, and intermontane basins
- Initial mountain building and plateau construction in retroarc and collisional plate-tectonic settings
- Sediment provenance and routing systems
- Influence of tectonics and climate on erosion, sedimentation, and basin evolution
- Integration of geochronology, thermochronology, and paleoaltimetry with basin analysis
- Physical sedimentology of modern and ancient fluvial and alluvial-fan depositional systems
Brian's research focuses on the tectonics of sedimentary basins, evolution of orogenic systems, sediment provenance and routing systems, and nonmarine depositional processes. He combines field-based basin analysis with sedimentology, geologic mapping, geochronology, magnetostratigraphy, petrography, geochemistry, and basin modeling to address the evolution of modern/ancient basins and associated geologic structures.
Current projects involve UT team members (10 Ph.D. students, several undergraduates) and diverse external collaborators working on geoscience problems concentrated in the Andes/Amazon systems of South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia), as well as sedimentary basin systems in the Middle East (Zagros), central Asia (Tibetan plateau, Mongolia), and western North America (Rocky Mountains).