Faculty and Staff

Melanie Michalak

Tectonics, Geomorphology, Geochronology

  • Ph.D., Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California - Santa Cruz, 2013
  • M.S., Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California - Santa Cruz, 2009
  • B.S., Environmental Earth Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
Personal and Research Interests:

Mountains are a first-order expression of the dynamic forces associated with plate tectonics. However, as topography is created, it is simultaneously altered by interactions with Earth’s atmosphere. My research addresses the interactions between crustal exhumation, uplift and erosion in active orogens by drawing upon quantitative techniques including low-temperature thermochronology, cosmogenic 10Be and U-Pb zircon geochronology, to quantify rates and timings of processes responsible for growth and decay in orogenic settings.

Courses Taught:

Fall 2013:

GEOL 106: Earthquake Country

GEOL 109: General Geology

Contact Information:

Office: Founders Hall 21
Email: mjm367@humboldt.edu
Ph. 707-826-4978