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
sedimentary provenance tools, including detrital thermochronology,
to reveal the long-term erosional history of mountain belts
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,
B.S., Geology, The University
of Dayton, Dayton, OH,
Advisor: Allen McGrew
Professor, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA (2018 to present)
Washington and Lee
University, Lexington, VA
Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee
University, Lexington, VA
(2006 to 2012)
Turner Post-doctoral Research
of Michigan (2005 to
Supervisors: Ben van der Pluijm and Todd Ehlers
Rahl, J.M., Harbor, D.J., Galli, C.I., and O'Sullivan, P., 2018. Foreland basin record of uplift and exhumation of the Eastern Cordillera, northwest Argentina. Tectonics.
Rahl, J.M., McGrew, A.J., Fox, J.A., Latham, J.R., and Gabrielson, T., 2018. Rhomb-dominated crystallographic preferred orientations in incipiently deformed quartz sandstone: A potential paleostress indicator for quartz-rich rocks. Geology, v. 46, p. 195-198. PDF
Levine, J.S.F., Mosher, S., and Rahl, J.M., 2016. The role of subgrain boundaries in partial
melting. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 89, p. 181-196. PDF
P.A., 2016. Microstructural evolution and rheology of quartz in a
mid-crustal shear zone. Tectonophysics, v. 680, p. 129-139. PDF
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
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 307, p. 180-190. PDF
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.
T.A., and van der Pluijm, B.A., 2007. Quantifying transient erosion of orogens with detrital thermochronology
from syntectonic basin deposits.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 256, p. 147-161. PDF
K., Brandon, 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 Crete, Greece.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 240, p. 339-354. PDF
Fassoulas, C., Rahl,
J.M., Ague, J.J., and Henderson,
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. PDF
C., and Brandon,
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.
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, Utah. Geology,
v. 31, p. 761-764. PDF
J.M., McGrew, A.J., and Foland, K.A., 2002.
Transition from contraction to extension in the Northeastern
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. 921-927. PDF
last updated: November 2, 2018