Dr. A. Joshua West

Our field sites include


THE HIMALAYAS


CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA


COSTA RICA


PERU


TAIWAN


SICHUAN, CHINA


PLYNLIMON, WALES


EASTERN INDONESIA AND TIMOR LESTE


SOMEWHERE NEW WHERE ANY PROSPECTIVE STUDENT MAY DEVELOP THEIR WORK!!

Our techniques include


MAJOR & TRACE ELEMENT CHEMISTRY


COSMOGENIC NUCLIDES, PARTICULARLY 10-BE


U-SERIES NUCLIDES


RADIOGENIC & STABLE ISOTOPE SYSTEMS FROM SR TO SI AND O


REMOTE SENSING & DEM ANALYSIS


MODELING OF GLOBAL DATASETS

Guiding Philosophy: Plate tectonics and the global carbon cycle represent two of the most important aspects of our planet, lending to Earth it’s unique habitability among the terrestrial planets. Understanding these two fundamental phenomena, and particularly how they interact through processes at the Earth’s surface, is the primary focus of the work in my research group. Our attention ranges from investigating the basic physical links between underlying geodynamic forces and surface deformation, to considering how this deformation drives key fluxes of carbon, water, and other nutrients, and how key geochemical processes such as mineral dissolution modulate these fluxes. While wide-ranging, these efforts are tied together by their attention to the role of erosional processes -- quantifying the links between topography, erosion, and geochemical cycles is an overarching theme that unites much of my research. Ultimately, my goal is to understand how the dynamic nature of Earth as a planet shapes the surface environment that sustains life.

Research Overview