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 and orogenic systems. He combines field-based basin analysis with geologic mapping, geo/thermo-chronology, magnetostratigraphy, petrography, geochemistry, and basin modeling to address the evolution of modern/ancient basins and associated structures. Current team members (6 Ph.D. students, 4 undergraduates, 1 postdoc) are working on projects in the Andes, Tibet, Middle East, and western North America.