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Alexis Ault

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Thermochronology, Geochronology, and Tectonics

Faculty

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: Geology 204
DialPhone: 757.784.6452
SendEmail: alexis.ault@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Geosciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012
MS, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, 2007
BA, Geology and Political Science, Wellesley College, 2003

Biography

Alexis is an Assistant Professor in the Geology Department at Utah State University. She earned her BA in Geology and Political Science from Wellesley College, MSc from University of New Mexico, PhD from University of Colorado Boulder, and was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, taken at the University of Arizona. Alexis joined the faculty at USU in Fall 2014. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation, Southern California Earthquake Center, and the USU Research Catalyst Program. She is a recent recipient of a NSF Early CAREER award.


Teaching Interests

Low-temperature thermochronology, geochronology, geochemistry, Science communication, field geology

Research Interests

Low-temperature thermochronology, tectonics, geochronology, fault zone processes

Awards

NSF CAREER Award, 2017

National Science Foundation

Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, USU Physical Sciences and Engineering category nominee, 2015

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011

National Science Foundation

Publications - Abstracts

  • Ault, A., Frenzel, M., Reiners, P., Woodcock, N., Thomson, S., (2015). Hematite (U-Th)/He and apatite fission-track dating constrain paleofluid circulation in faults: an example from Gower Peninsula fissure fills, Wales. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2015 *
  • Ault, A., Reiners, P.W, Prante, M.R, Evans, J.P, Janecke, S.U, (2013). Dating brittle deformation with hematite (U-Th)/He chronometry: an example from the Wasatch fault zone, Utah. 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver *

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Moser, A.K, Evans, J.P, Ault, A., Janecke, S.U, Bradbury, K., Reiners, P., (2017). U-Th)/He thermochronometry reveals Pleistocene punctuated deformation and synkinematic hematite mineralization in the Mecca Hills, southernmost San Andreas Fault zone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 476, 87–99.
        • Ault, A., Frenzel, M., Reiners, P.W, Woodcock, N.H, Thomson, S.N, , (2016). Record of paleofluid circulation in faults revealed by hematite (U-Th)/He and apatite fission-track dating: an example from Gower Peninsula fissures, Wales. Lithosphere, 8, 379-385.
        • McDermott, R.G, Ault, A., Evans, J.P, Reiners, P.W, Nanoearthquakes via asperity flash heating documented on exhumed hematite fault mirrors in the Wasatch fault zone, UT, USA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters
        • Condit, C., Mahan, K., Ault, A., Flowers, R., (2015). Foreland-directed propagation of high-grade tectonism in the deep roots of a Paleoproterozoic collisional orogen, SW Montana, USA. Lithosphere, 7, 625-645.
        • Ault, A., Reiners, P.W, Evans, J.P, Thomson, S.N, (2015). Linking hematite (U-Th)/He dating with the microtextural record of seismicity in the Wasatch fault damage zone, Utah, USA. Geology, 43:9, 771–774.
        • Ault, A., Flowers, R., Bowring, S., (2015). Synchroneity of cratonic burial phases and gaps in the kimberlite record: Episodic magmatism or preservational bias?. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 410, 97-104.
        • Evans, J.P, Prante, M.R, Janecke, S.U, Ault, A., Newell, D.L, (2014). Hot faults: Iridescent slip surfaces with metallic luster document high-temperature ancient seismicity in the Wasatch fault zone, Utah, USA. Geology, 42:7, 623–626.
        • Ault, A., Flowers, R., Bowring, S., (2013). Phanerozoic surface history of the Slave craton. Tectonics, 32, 1066-1083.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

                  Other

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                Scheduled Teaching

                GEO 6580, 7580 - Geochronology and Thermochronology, Fall 2017

                GEO 5200 - Geology Field Camp, Summer 2017

                GEO 5200 - Geology Field Camp, Spring 2017

                GEO 6200, 7200 - Graduate Seminar in Geochemistry (Topic), Spring 2017

                GEOL 6200, 7200 - Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology, Spring 2017

                GEO 4700 - Geologic Field Methods, Fall 2016

                GEO 5200 - Geology Field Camp, Summer 2016

                GEO 3400 - Communicating Geoscience, Spring 2016

                GEO 2500 - Geology Field Excursions, Spring 2016

                GEO 6580, 7580 - Geochronology and Thermochronology, Fall 2015

                GEO 5200 - Geology Field Camp, Summer 2015

                GEO 4700 - Geologic Field Methods, Fall 2014


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Leah House, Geology, August 2017
                Robert McDermott, Geology, August 2014
                Michael Channer, Geology, August 2014 - May 2017