Peter J. Fawcett


Photo: Peter J. Fawcett

Associate Dean Arts Sciences

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1994
Northrop Hall Rm. 220

Research Area/s:

Climate/Atmospheric Sciences,  Sedimentology/Stratigraphy/Paleoclimate/Paleontology,  Surface Processes

Research and Academic Interests:

Paleoclimatology and sedimentology with particular emphasis on (1) problems in the long-term evolution of the climate system and how interactions between geochemical cycles, plate tectonics, and atmospheric and oceanic dynamics affect patterns of past global change (2) problems in Quaternary paleoclimatology, especially the origins of large and rapid climate change events during glacial periods, and (3) climatic influences on the development of ancient and recent sedimentary facies and depositional sequences.

Recent Publications:

Scuderi, L.A., Laudadio, C.K.*, Fawcett, P.J., 2009, Remote Sensing of Playa lakes in western North America: Monitoring lake change resulting from climate variability in semi-arid regions, Quaternary Research, doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2009.04.004.

Jiménez-Moreno, G., Fawcett, P.J., and Anderson, R.S., 2008, Millennial- and centennial-scale vegetation and climate changes during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene from northern New Mexico (USA), Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 27, p. 1448-1452.

Jiménez-Moreno, G., Anderson, R.S., and Fawcett, P.J., 2007, Orbital- and millennial-scale vegetation and climate changes of the past 225 kyr from Bear Lake, Utah-Idaho (USA), Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 26, p. 1713-1724.

Wawrzyniec, T.F., McFadden, L.D., Ellwein, A., Meyer, G., Scuderi, L., McAuliffe, J., and Fawcett, P.J., 2007, Chronotopographic analysis directly from point-cloud data: A method for detecting small, seasonal hillslope change, Black Mesa Escarpment, NE Arizona, Geosphere, v. 3, p. 550–567; doi: 10.1130/GES00110.1

Fawcett, P.J., Heikoop, J., Goff, F., Anderson, R.S., Donohoo-Hurley, L., Geissman, J.W., WoldeGabriel, G., Allen, C.D., Johnson, C.M., Smith, S.J., and Fessenden-Rahn, J., 2007, Two Middle Pleistocene Glacial-Interglacial Cycles from the Valle Grande, Jemez Mountains, northern New Mexico; New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 58th Field Conference, Geology of the Jemez Mountains Region II, 2007, p. 409-417.

Johnson, C.M.*, Fawcett, P.J., and Ali, A.S., 2007, Geochemical Indicators of Redox Conditions as a Proxy for mid-Pleistocene Climate Change From a Lacustrine Sediment Core, Valles Caldera, New Mexico, New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 58th Field Conference, Geology of the Jemez Mountains Region II, 2007, p. 418-423.

Donohoo-Hurley, L.*, Geissman, J.W., Fawcett, P.J., Wawrzyniec, T., and Goff, F., 2007, A 200 kyr lacustrine record from the Valles Caldera: Insight from environmental magnetism and paleomagnetism, New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 58th Field Conference, Geology of the Jemez Mountains Region II, 2007, p. 424-432.

WoldeGabriel, G., Heikoop, J., Goff, F., Counce, D., Fawcett, P.J., and Fessenden-Rahn, J., 2007, Appraisal of post-South Mountain volcanism lacustrine sedimentation in the Valles Caldera using tephra units, New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 58th Field Conference, Geology of the Jemez Mountains Region II, 2007, p. 83-85.

Castiglia, P.J.* and Fawcett, P.J., 2006, Large Holocene lakes and climate change in the Chihuahuan Desert, Geology, v. 34, p. 113-116. doi: 10.1130/G22036.1

Meyer, G.A., Fawcett, P.J., and Locke, W.W., 2004, Late Pleistocene equilibrium-line altitudes, atmospheric circulation, and timing of mountain glacier advances in the interior NM United States, in K.M. Haller, and S.H. Wood, S.H. (eds), Geological Field Trips in Southern Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and northern Nevada: Boise, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University Press, p. 61-66.

Tillery, A.C.*, Fawcett, P.J., McFadden, L.D., Scuderi, L.A., and McAuliffe, J.R., 2003, Late Holocene behavior of small drainage basins on the Colorado Plateau: Influences of lithology, basin form and climate change, New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 54th Field Conference, Geology of the Zuni Plateau, p. 197-207.

Fawcett, P.J., Stalker, J., and Gutzler, D.S., 2002, Multistage moisture transport into the interior of northern Mexico during the North American summer monsoon, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 29 (22) doi:10.1029/2002GL015693.

Fawcett, P.J., and Boslough, M.B.E., 2002, Climatic effects of an Impact Induced Equatorial Debris Ring, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres, v. 107 (D15), doi:10.1029/2001JD001230.

Armour, J.*, Fawcett, P.J., and Geissman, J.W., 2002, 15 k.y. paleoclimatic record from northern New Mexico, Geology, v. 30, p. 723-726.

* Indicates Graduate Student author.