The headwaters of the Río Iruya, northwestern Argentina
Jeffrey M. Rahl
Department of Geology
Room 113 Science Addition
Washington and Lee
116 North Main Street
Lexington, VA 24450
E-mail: rahlj [at] wlu.edu
My scientific interests are in
tectonics, particularly the processes that control the formation, growth, and
erosion of mountain belts. I enjoy incorporating a variety of tools and
approaches in my research, including field work, thermochronology, ductile and brittle structural
analysis, numerical modeling, and metamorphic petrology.
Specific interests include:
evolution of convergent wedges, including the modern day Hellenic subduction
wedge exposed in Crete, Greece; the Mesozoic Otago wedge in the South Island,
New Zealand; and the Spanish Pyrenees
Application of sedimentary provenance tools, including detrital
thermochronology, to reveal the long-term erosional history of
Intracrystalline deformation in quartz, characterized using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)
Ph.D., Geology, Yale University,
New Haven, CT, 2005.
M.Phil., Geology, Yale University,
New Haven, CT, 2002.
B.S., Geology, The University
of Dayton, Dayton, OH,
(2012 to present)
Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee
University, Lexington, VA
(2006 to 2012)
Turner Post-doctoral Research
of Michigan (2005 to
van der Pluijm and Todd
and Skemer, P.A.
Microstructural evolution and rheology of quartz in a mid-crustal shear zone. Accepted for publication in Tectonophysics.
Haines, S.H., van der Pluijm, B.A., 2011. Links between orogenic wedge deformation and erosional exhumation: evidence from illite age analysis of fault rock and detrital thermochronology of syn-tectonic conglomerates in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 307, p. 180-190. PDF
Deckert, H., Brandon, M.T., Ring, U., and Mortimer, N., 2011. Tectonic significance of ductile deformation in low-grade sandstones in the Mesozoic Otago subduction wedge, New Zealand. American Journal of Science, v. 311, p. 27-62.
Oliva-Urcia, B., Rahl, J.M.,
Schleicher, A.M., and Parés, J.M., 2010. Correlation between the anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility, strain ellipsoids and X-ray Texture Goniometry in pelitic rocks from Crete. Tectonophysics, v. 486, p. 120-131.
Ehlers, T.A., and van der Pluijm, B.A., 2007.
Quantifying transient erosion of orogens with detrital thermochronology from syntectonic basin deposits.
and Planetary Science Letters, v. 256, p. 147-161. PDF
M.T., and Fassoulas, C., 2005. Raman spectroscopy of carbonaceous material
thermometry of low-grade metamorphic rocks: calibration and application to
high-pressure, low-temperature rocks in
and Planetary Science Letters, v. 240, p. 339-354. PDF
Fassoulas, C., Rahl, J.M.,
Ague, J.J., and
K., 2004. Patterns and conditions of deformation in the Plattenkalk nappe, Crete, Greece:
A preliminary study. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, v. 36, p. 1626-1635.
Rahl, J.M., Fassoulas, C.,
M.T., 2004. Exhumation of high-pressure
metamorphic rocks within an active convergent margin, Crete, Greece:
A field guide. Field trip guidebook for the
32nd International Geological Congress.
Rahl, J.M., Reiners, P.W.,
Campbell, I.H., Nicolescu, S., and Allen, C.M., 2003. Combined single-grain
(U-Th)/He and U/Pb dating of detrital zircons from the Navajo Sandstone,
v. 31, p. 761-764. PDF
Rahl, J.M., McGrew, A.J., and
Foland, K.A., 2002. Transition from
contraction to extension in the
Basin and Range: new evidence from the Copper
Mountains, Nevada. Journal of Geology, v. 110, p.
Goldman, D., Campbell, S.M., and Rahl, J.M., 2002.
Three-Dimensionally Preserved Specimens of Amplexograptus (Ordovician,
Graptolithina) from the North American Midcontinent: Taxonomic and
Biostratigraphic Significance. Journal of Paleontology. v. 76, p.
last updated: April 6, 2016