Elizabeth Cassel

Geological Sciences

University of Idaho

Associate Professor, Earth & Spatial Sciences, University of Idaho



Background: B.A. Carleton College, Ph.D. Stanford University, Jackson Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow University of Texas - Austin


Understanding and quantifying mountain uplift and evolution. I combine sedimentology, volcanology, geochemistry, and geo-/thermochronology to track changes in surface topography, exhumation, drainage morphology, and climate.

Recent foci: Cenozoic history of the North and South American Cordillera, Eocene paleoclimate and orogen-climate dynamics, subduction and slab rollback mechanics, detrital double dating and heavy mineral provenance, source-to-sink clastic sedimentology, and analytical methods in stable isotope geochemistry.

Courses Developed & Taught:

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation including Lab (4 cr)

Basin Analysis (3 cr)

Stable Isotopes in the Environment (3 cr)

Earth Science in the Movies (3 cr)

Continental Tectonics (3 cr)

Earth, Environment and Humanity (3 cr)

<p class="MsoNormal">Historical Geology (3 cr)

Field Geology Methods (3 cr)

<p class="MsoNormal">Cenozoic Paleoclimate Records (2 cr)

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Activities (3)

Fluvial and Alluvial Sedimentology Incorporating Google Earth part of Sedimentary Geology:Activities
A lab activity for an undergraduate sedimentary geology course focused on fluvial and alluvial sedimentology, incorporating Google Earth.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Google Earth Investigation of Pleistocene Flood Deposits Across the Pacific Northwest part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
In this activity, students use Google Earth Pro to examine and measure sedimentary and geomorphic structures related to the late Pleistocene draining of glacial Lake Missoula and Lake Bonneville.

The First Field Trip: An introduction to sedimentation and stratigraphy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Field Labs:Field Lab Examples
An example set of tasks and questions for the first field trip of a 300-level Sedimentology and Stratigraphy course.