Welcome to the home of the Montana State University Tectonic Sedimentology and Thermochronology Laboratory, TeST!
Our group focuses on the evolution of convergent margins by reconstructing paleo-depositional environments and the tectono-thermal history of sedimentary basins and ancient orogens. We are a field based research group, with active studies in Tibet, Montana, and California. In addition to field based techniques, we apply analytical techniques such as U-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He and fission track thermochronology, and sandstone petrography to study the geologic past!
National Science Foundation (NSF) award (January 2020): Dr. Orme was awarded a NSF CAREER award from the NSF Tectonics division. The project is titled “CAREER: Deciphering the mechanisms of forearc basin formation by engaging undergraduate and middle school students in field and analytical geoscience research” and will support research in the western US and Tibet and the training of multiple graduate students. In addition, it will establish an undergraduate research program that seeks to broaden the Earth Science community through sustained engagement with Native American and first-generation undergraduate students. Check out more on the NSF website.
New Publication (August 2019): Check out a new paper in Geology: “A Late Cretaceous trans-arc river that drained the proto-Tibetan Plateau”. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Laskowski (MSU), Dr. Ding Lin and Dr. Fulong Cai (Chinese Academy of Sciences). doi:10.1130/G46xxx.1 (Open access).
New Publication (June 2019): Check out my new paper in collaboration with Dr. Kathy Surpless: “The birth of a forearc: The basal Great Valley Group, California, USA”, Geology, doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/G46283.1 (Open access).
DAAD Fellowship: Dr. Orme was awarded a fellowship through Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Program) to work at the University of Potsdam this Summer. I will be collaborating with Dr. Edward Sobel on apatite fission track thermochronology. Danke dir DAAD!
Undergraduate Awards: Congratulations to Cassidy Stegner who received a NAGT scholarship to support her geology field camp adventures this summer!
HKT 2019: We are hosting the 34th Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet workshop at MSU June 4-7, 2019! Check out the website for more information: https://hkt2019bozeman.com
Graduate Student award: Congratulations to Mariah Romero, who was awarded the 2018-2019 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship from the Northern California Geological Society. and a GSA Graduate Student Research Grant! These awards will help fund Mariah’s summer field season!
Undergraduate awards: Congratulations to Chance Ronemus, who received grants from the MSU Undergraduate Scholar Program and Montana Academy of Sciences to support his research on the provenance of Pz-Mz rocks exposed in the Bridger Range, MT.
New Publication (August 2018): Check out new research on the Great Valley forearc basin in GSA Special Publication 540 honoring Dr. William R. Dickinson. See Orme and Graham (2018): https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/books/book/2118.
SOMEWHAT RECENT NEWS:
New Publication (December 2017): Check out new research in Geoscience Frontiers: Burial and exhumation history of the Xigaze Forearc, Yarlung Suture Zone, Tibet, Geoscience Frontiers, doi: 10.1016/j.gsf.2017.11.011. Open access is provided by China University of Geosciences (Beijing).
New Publication (August 2016): Check out exciting new research in EPSL: Long-term tectonothermal history of Laramide basement from zircon-He age-eU correlations, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.046. The article is available as open access until October 2016.
New Publication (August 2016): Check out our new article in JSR: Basin Analysis of the Albian-Santonian Xigaze forearc, Lazi region, south-central Tibet, doi:10.2110/jsr.2016.59.