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Arjun Heimsath

Arjun.Heimsath@asu.edu

Professor
School Of Earth & Space Explor
Faculty
Mail Code: 6004

ISTB4 rm. 795 781 E Tyler Mall (Map)
(480)965-5585

Bio

B.S. 1989 Yale College (Honors, Mechanical Engineering) M.S. 1993 Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Ph.D. 1999 University of California, Berkeley (Geology) 2007-Present Associate Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU 2000-2007 Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College 1999-2000 NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra 1989-1991 Water Development Engineer, US Peace Corps, Kenya 2007-2008 Guggenheim Fellowship: Soil Erosion and Sustainability 2006 Crosby Distinguished Lectureship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2003-2007 NSF CAREER Award (5 yr) for research on Geomorphic Transport Laws 2001-2002 Jan De Ploey Prize for contributions to Process Geomorphology

Research Interests

Geomorphology; Tectonic geomorphology; Carbon sequestration and the carbon budget; Exposure-age dating; Glacial geomorphology; Optically stimulated luminescence and short lived isotopes; Human impacts on the landscape.

Courses

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 592 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 484 Internship
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 191 First-Year Seminar

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 591 Seminar
SOS 374 Earth's Critical Zone

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 484 Internship
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 191 First-Year Seminar

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 484 Internship
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
SES 191 First-Year Seminar

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHM 494 Special Topics
CHM 598 Special Topics
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 490 Topics in Geology
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
GLG 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
SOS 493 Honors Thesis

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 101 Intro to Geology I (Physical)
GLG 590 Reading and Conference
GLG 591 Seminar
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 108 Water Planet
GLG 494 Special Topics
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 598 Special Topics
SOS 590 Reading and Conference

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GLG 101 Intro to Geology I (Physical)
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Brantley S.L. et al.. Twelve testable hypotheses on the geobiology of weathering.. Geobiology (2010).

  2. DiBiase, R.A., Whipple, K.X., Heimsath, A.M., and Ouimet, W.B.. Landscape form and millennial erosion rates in the San Gabriel Mountains, CA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2010).

  3. Heimsath, A.M., Chappell, J., and Fifield, K. Eroding Australia: Rates and processes from Bega Valley to Arnhem Land. Geological Society of London (2010).

  4. Adams, B.A.*, Whipple, K.X., Heimsath, A.M., Wan Soest, M.C., and Hodges, K.V.,. The Enigmatic Transient Landscapes of Bhutan. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (2010).

  5. DiBiase, RA*, Whipple, K.X., and Heimsath, A.M.. Using topography to decipher the uplift history of the western San Gabriel Mountains, CA.. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2010).

  6. Dixon, JL*, Hartshorn, A.S.*, Heimsath, A.M., DiBiase, R.A.*, and Whipple, K.X.. Chemical Weathering in the San Gabriel Mountains of California: The influence of erosion rates, soil depth, and transport processes on soil chemical losses (Invited). EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (2010).

  7. Heimsath, A.M., Jungers, M.C.*, Amundson, R., Balco, G., and Shuster, D.L.. Eroding and Inflating the Atacama Desert, Chile: Insights Through Cosmogenic 10-Be, 26-Al and 21-Ne. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2010 meeting (2010).

  8. Jungers, MC*, Amundson, R., Heimsath, A.M., Christensen, P.R., and Edwards, C.S.. Ancient and Modern Salars of the Atacama Desert, Chile: A Terrestrial Analog for Evaporite Formation on Mars.. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (2010).

  9. Rossi, M.W.*, Whipple, K.X., DiBiase, R.A.* and Heimsath, A.M.. Climate and the erosional efficiency of fluvial systems. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (2010).

  10. Burke, B* A.M. Heimsath, J. Chappell, and K. Yoo*. Weathering the escarpment: Chemical and physical rates and processes, southeastern Australia.. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).

  11. Cook, K.L.*, Whipple, K.X., Heimsath, A.M., and Hanks, T.. Rapid incision of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon – insights from channel profiles, local incision rates, and modeling of lithologic controls. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).

  12. Dixon, J.L.*, Heimsath, A.M., and Amundson, R. The critical role of climate and saprolite weathering in landscape evolution. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).

  13. Dixon, J.L.*, Heimsath, A.M., Kaste, J.M.*, and Amundson, R. Climate driven processes of hillslope weathering. Geology (2009).

  14. Furbish, D.J., Haff, P.K., Dietrich, W.E., and Heimsath, A.M.. Statistical description of slope-dependent soil transport and the diffusion-like coefficient. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface (2009).

  15. Heimsath, A.M., Hancock, G.R., and Fink, D. The ‘humped’ soil production function: Eroding Arnhem Land, Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).

  16. O’Farrell, C.R.*, A.M. Heimsath, D.E. Lawson, L.M. Jorgensen*, E.B. Evenson, G. Larson, and J. Denner. Quantifying periglacial erosion: insights on a glacial sediment budget, Matanuska Glacier, Alaska. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).

  17. Amundson, R., Heimsath A.M., Jungers, M., Chong, G., and Demergasso, C.. The Salar Llamara, Chile: A Possible Analogue for Etched Terrain on Mars. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).

  18. Chadwick, O., Levick, S.R., Khomo, L.*, Hartshorn, A.S.*, Heimsath, A.M., and Bern, C.. Soil collapse and dilation as modifier of hillslope morphology (Invited). EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).

  19. DiBiase, R.A.*, Whipple, K.X., and Heimsath, A.M.. Channel incision and the role of sediment supply in the San Gabriel Mountains, California.. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).

  20. Heimsath, A.M., DiBiase, R.A.*, Whipple, K.X., and Walsh, J.*. Sediment supply differences between soil and bedrock dominated landscapes, San Gabriel Mountains, CA. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).

  21. Heimsath, A.M. and McGlynn, R.S.*. Quantifying headwall retreat rates in the Nepal High Himalaya. Geomorphology (2008).

  22. DiBiase, RA, Heimsath, AM, and Whipple, KX. Hillslope Angle, Channel Steepness and Millennial Erosion Rates in the San Gabriel Mountains, CA. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2008 meeting (2008).

  23. Dixon, JL, Heimsath, AM, and Amundson, R. Delving Deeper: How Saprolite And Chemical Weathering Influence The Expression Of Climate On Surface Shaping Processes. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2008 meeting. (2008).

  24. Dixon, JL, Heimsath, AM, and Amundson, R. Saprolite and the evolution of upland landscapes - Links between erosion and weathering in Sierra Nevada, CA. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).

  25. Hartshorn AS, Heimsath AM, Chadwick OA. Maximum granite catena differentiation. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).

  26. Heimsath AM, Chappell J, Hancock GR, et al.. Eroding Australia: Slowly. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).

  27. Heimsath, AM. Erosion rates and processes across two trans Himalayan transects in central Nepal. Himalayan Geology (2008).

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Presentations

  1. Dosseto, A Heimsath, A.M. Rhodes, E.J. Quantifying Present and Ancient Rates of Earth Surface Processes. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting. (Dec 2010).
  2. Heimsath, A.M. Eroding the Earth: Limits to Soil. Colloquium. (Nov 2010).
  3. Heimsath, A.M. Eroding the Earth: Quantifying Rates & Processes. Colloquium. (Apr 2010).
  4. Heimsath, A.M. The Earth is Eroding: Quantifying Surface Processes. Colloquium. (Mar 2010).
  5. Heimsath, AM Erosional/Weathering Controls on Soil to Bedrock Landscapes. Critical Zone Science Planning Workshop. (Oct 2009).
  6. Heimsath, AM Optically Stimulated Luminscence and short-lived isotopes to quantify hillslope sediment transport. The 6th North World Luminescence Dating and Dosimetry Workshop, Seattle, WA 2009.. (Oct 2009).
  7. Heimsath, AM, Korup, O, and Roering, JJ Quantifying Hilslope Processes and Rates of Landscape Evolution. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting. (Dec 2008).
  8. Heimsath, AM Quantifying Erosion Rates and Processes Across Upland Landscapes. Symposium. (Nov 2008).
  9. Heimsath AM Rock, Water, SciSoils: Roshamboing the Earth's Surface. Symposium. (Feb 2008).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Barton,C Michael * , Heimsath,Arjun , Sarjoughian,Hessam Seyed , Vivoni,Enrique , Vivoni,Enrique , . CNH: The Emergence of coupled Natural and Human Landscapes in the Western Mediterranean. NSF-BIO-DEB (9/1/2013 - 8/31/2018).
  2. Heimsath,Arjun * . Dating Basin Deposits: Extending the Reach of Cosmogenic Nuclide Dating Into the Miocene. ACS-PETROLEUM RESEARCH FUND (1/1/2012 - 8/31/2014).
  3. Heimsath,Arjun * . Landscape Sensitivity to Changing Climate: Plio-Pleistocene Erosion and Sedimentation in SE Arizona. NSF-GEO-EAR (10/1/2011 - 9/30/2014).
  4. Whipple,Kelin X * Heimsath,Arjun . Post-6 Ma Tectonic Evolution of the Bhutan Himalaya. NSF-GEO-EAR (3/1/2011 - 2/28/2014).
  5. Heimsath,Arjun * . Career: Quantifying Erosional Processes on Upland Landscapes. NSF-GEO-EAR (4/5/2008 - 1/31/2009).
  6. Heimsath,Arjun * . CR: Tectronics and Topography in the Transverse Ranges: Landscape Response to Rock Uplift Rate across the Transition from Soil-Mantle to Rocky Slope. NSF-GEO-EAR (8/31/2007 - 8/31/2010).

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Service

  1. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Associate Editor (2008 - 2011)
  2. National Academy of Sciences/Kavli Frontier of Sciences - US-Indonesia Frontiers of Science, Founding Organizing Committee (2010 - 2011)
  3. Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Chair (2009 - 2011)
  4. Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Member (2009 - 2011)
  5. Climate Science Search Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  6. Bylaws Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  7. NSF-funded community Geomorphology Text Book, Member (2009 - 2010)
  8. NSF-IGERT Proposal Panel Review, Panel member (2009)
  9. American Geophysical Union/Sediment and Landscape Dynamics Technical Subcommittee, Member (2008)
  10. SESE-SHESC Consortium for Human Geochronology, Member (2008)

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Areas of Expertise

Media Expert

Spoken Languages: Hindi, Nepali, KiSwahili

Expertise in:
  • Environmental Issues; Erosion and sedimentation especially related to climate change and human impacts, landslides and debris flows, glacial processes