Brian Horton, UTIG Research Scientist
Brian Horton, UTIG research scientist.

Brian Horton

Research Professor, UTIG
Professor, DGS

Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona
M.S., 1994, Montana State University
B.S., 1992, University of New Mexico

Telephone 512-471-1869
email: horton at

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 structures. Current team members (8 Ph.D. students, 1 M.S. student, 8 undergraduates, 1 postdoc) are working on projects in the Andes, Tibet, Middle East, and western North America.