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Arjun Heimsath

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography
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.
Publications
  • Brantley S.L. et al. Twelve testable hypotheses on the geobiology of weathering. Geobiology (2010).
  • 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).
  • Heimsath, A.M., Chappell, J., and Fifield, K. Eroding Australia: Rates and processes from Bega Valley to Arnhem Land. Geological Society of London (2010).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Dixon, J.L.*, Heimsath, A.M., Kaste, J.M.*, and Amundson, R. Climate driven processes of hillslope weathering. Geology (2009).
  • 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).
  • Heimsath, A.M., Hancock, G.R., and Fink, D. The ‘humped’ soil production function: Eroding Arnhem Land, Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Heimsath, A.M. and McGlynn, R.S.*. Quantifying headwall retreat rates in the Nepal High Himalaya. Geomorphology (2008).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Hartshorn AS, Heimsath AM, Chadwick OA. Maximum granite catena differentiation. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).
  • Heimsath AM, Chappell J, Hancock GR, et al. Eroding Australia: Slowly. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).
  • Heimsath, AM. Erosion rates and processes across two trans Himalayan transects in central Nepal. Himalayan Geology (2008).
Research Activity
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Heimsath,Arjun*. Landscape Sensitivity to Changing Climate: Plio-Pleistocene Erosion and Sedimentation in SE Arizona. NSF-GEO-EAR(10/1/2011 - 9/30/2014).
  • Whipple,Kelin X*, Heimsath,Arjun. Post-6 Ma Tectonic Evolution of the Bhutan Himalaya. NSF-GEO-EAR(3/1/2011 - 2/28/2014).
  • Heimsath,Arjun*. Career: Quantifying Erosional Processes on Upland Landscapes. NSF-GEO-EAR(4/5/2008 - 1/31/2009).
  • 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).
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
SES 394Special Topics
GLG 493Honors Thesis
GLG 591Seminar
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
SES 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 191First-Year Seminar
GLG 327Earth's Critical Zone
SOS 374Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 492Honors Directed Study
SES 494Special Topics
GLG 591Seminar
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 452Field Geology II
GLG 592Research
AST 692Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 499Individualized Instruction
GLG 591Seminar
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 191First-Year Seminar
GLG 327Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 484Internship
GLG 499Individualized Instruction
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 452Field Geology II
GLG 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 591Seminar
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 191First-Year Seminar
GLG 484Internship
GLG 591Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 327Earth's Critical Zone
SOS 374Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 591Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 191First-Year Seminar
GLG 484Internship
GLG 591Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 327Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 591Seminar
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
GLG 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 191First-Year Seminar
GLG 484Internship
GLG 591Seminar
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
GLG 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Dosseto, A Heimsath, A.M. Rhodes, E.J. Quantifying Present and Ancient Rates of Earth Surface Processes. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting (Dec 2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M. Eroding the Earth: Limits to Soil. Colloquium (Nov 2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M. Eroding the Earth: Quantifying Rates & Processes. Colloquium (Apr 2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M. The Earth is Eroding: Quantifying Surface Processes. Colloquium (Mar 2010).
  • Heimsath, AM. Erosional/Weathering Controls on Soil to Bedrock Landscapes. Critical Zone Science Planning Workshop (Oct 2009).
  • 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).
  • Heimsath, AM, Korup, O, and Roering, JJ. Quantifying Hilslope Processes and Rates of Landscape Evolution. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting (Dec 2008).
  • Heimsath, AM. Quantifying Erosion Rates and Processes Across Upland Landscapes. Symposium (Nov 2008).
  • Heimsath AM. Rock, Water, SciSoils: Roshamboing the Earth's Surface. Symposium (Feb 2008).
Service
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Associate Editor (2008 - 2011)
  • National Academy of Sciences/Kavli Frontier of Sciences - US-Indonesia Frontiers of Science, Founding Organizing Committee (2010 - 2011)
  • Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Chair (2009 - 2011)
  • Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Member (2009 - 2011)
  • Climate Science Search Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Bylaws Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • NSF-funded community Geomorphology Text Book, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • NSF-IGERT Proposal Panel Review, Panel member (2009 - 2009)
  • American Geophysical Union/Sediment and Landscape Dynamics Technical Subcommittee, Member (2008 - 2008)
  • SESE-SHESC Consortium for Human Geochronology, Member (2008 - 2008)