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!
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.