Fosdick Lab at Indiana University
Basin Analysis & Helium Thermochronology Laboratory


Julie Fosdick

Assistant Professor
Geological Sciences
Indiana University

1001 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-6109


Our research group studies the long-term evolution of orogenic belts during their growth and denudation as recorded in the sedimentary record. Key research questions and themes include:

(1) How does redistribution of rocks via erosion and sedimentation influence depositional and deformational patterns?

(2) What are the controls and feedbacks among tectonic activity, sediment supply, global sea level, and climate?

(3) What mechanisms drive basin subsidence and large-scale sedimentation patterns? 

(4) How can we improve provenance analysis methods to better constrain sediment source areas and regional basin paleogeography?

The BAHTL facility will house a helium gas extraction and measurement system designed for low-temperature (U-Th)/He thermochronology to study thermal and exhumational histories of the Earth's crust and sediments. The laboratory also includes a clean lab for mineral dissolution chemistry, a polarized stereomicrocope for sample preparation, petrographic microscope, and student office space. Lab renovation is complete and the helium system build is underway (Santa Cruz Laser Microfurnace custom design).


News from the Fosdick Lab

▪ M.S. student Joel Leonard has been accepted to the Mountain Ranges and High Plateaus Summer School at the University of Michigan's Camp Davis in Wyoming, August 16-29, 2015. More info here

▪ Congratulations to M.S. student Louis Wersan for receiving Best Presentation for Master's Research (oral) at the 2015 Crossroads Geology Conference at Indiana University, March 27-28th, 2015.

▪ M.S. student Ellen Reat has accepted a Summer 2015 internship position with ExxonMobil.

NEW! Recently published in Tectonics, our new paper explores the effects of attenuated lithosphere and sediment loading on the Magallanes foreland basin, Patagonian Andes (link).

▪ Dr. Fosdick was awarded the 2014 Basin Research Early Career Award for her work on using detrital thermochronology provenance to understand orogenic evolution. Download the paper here. 


Visit Dr. Fosdick's IU profile for more information.