University of Vermont

Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Kyle Nichols



Kyle came to UVM in 1998 to investigate the human impacts on landscape change. He employed research techniques using cosmogenic isotopes, 10Be and 26Al, to explore the arid landscapes of desert piedmonts in the Mojave Desert, large drainage basins in Namibia and Panama, and desert pavements in Arizona. He also used 10Be and 26Al to date a large prehistoric landslide, the Blackhawk, in the Mojave Desert.
PhD dissertation (University of Vermont, 2002)
PhD dissertation Quantifying desert surface processes using 10Be and 26Al: Background and human-induced rates of landscape change, Mojave Desert, California
PhD dissertation defense slides (download ppt)
PhD dissertation (download pdf)
MS Thesis (University of Vermont, 2000)
MS thesis A multi-scale approach to understanding desert piedmonts using cosmogenic isotopes and centimeter-scale surveying
MS thesis proposal (download pdf)
MS thesis progress report (download pdf)
MS thesis defense slides (download ppt Part A) (download ppt Part B)
MS thesis (download pdf)
Honors and Awards
University of Vermont, Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award, 2002
Desert Research Institute, Jonathon O. Davis Award, 2001
Geological Society of America, J. Hoover Mackin Award, 2002
Undergraduate Degree
University of Washington, B.S. Geological Sciences, 1996
Projects
Urban Hydrology
Colorado River Basin Erosion Rates
Fort Carson Pediment Dynamics
Tracking Painted Pebbles in the Mojave
Namibian Sediments
Australian Escarpments
Drainage Basin Dynamics, Panama
Other Related Links
Kyle's Skidmore web page
American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
Web page while at UVM
Kyle's UVM web page
Email Address
knichols@skidmore.edu
Current Position and Contact Information (7/2008)
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Department of Geosciences
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
First-Authored, Refereed Publications Based on UVM Research

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Eppes, M.C., Caffee, M., Finkel, R., and Larsen, J., 2007, Timing of surficial process changes down a Mojave Desert piedmont: Quaternary Research, v. 68, p. 151-161. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Foniri, W.R., Gillespie, A.R., Caffee, M., and Finkel, R., 2006, Dates and rates of arid region geomorphic processes: GSA Today, v. 16, p. 4-11. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Caffee, M., Finkel, R., and Larsen, J., 2005, Cosmogenically enabled sediment budgeting: Geology, v. 33, p. 133-136. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Eppes, M.C., Caffee, M., Finkel, R., and Larsen, J., 2005, Late Quaternary history of the Chemehuevi Mountain piedmont, Mojave Desert, deciphered using 10Be and 26Al: American Journal of Science, v. 305, p. 345-368. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P., Persico, L., Bosley, A., Melillo, P., and Kurfis, J., 2003, Quantifying land use and urban runoff changes through service learning hydrology projects: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51, p. 365-372. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Hooke, R.L., Clapp, E., and Caffee, M., 2002, Quantifying sediment transport on desert piedmonts using 10Be and 26Al: Geomorphology, v. 45, p. 89-104. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 2001, Fifty-four years of ephemeral channel response to two years of intense World War II military activity, Camp Iron Mountain, Mojave Desert, California: Geological Society of America Reviews of Engineering Geology, v. XIV, p. 123-136. (download pdf)

First-Authored, Meeting Abstracts Based on UVM Research

Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 2007, Scratching beneath the surface: Alluvial histories recorded in cosmogenic nuclide depth profiles: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 260. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P., and Matmon, A., 2007, Deconvolving semi-arid landscape histories: Insights from cosmogenic nuclides: Quaternary International, v. 167 - 168, p. 305. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Matmon, A., Enzel, Y., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R.C., 2007, Namibia: Interesting landscapes but monotonous erosion rates: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 603. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Webb, R., Cleveland, K.M., Bierman, P.R., Finkel, R., and Larsen, J., 2007, The long and the short of it: Millennial-scale and contemporary sediment yields of eastern Grand Canyon: EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 88. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R.C., 2006, A 10Be view of tropical erosion: The Rio Chagres, A steady supply of sediment in Panama: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, p. 97. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 2004, Using cosmogenic nuclides to decipher desert piedmont surface histories and process rates. Desert Surficial Processes and Landscape Dynamics on Military Lands: Scientific Advances, New Challenges, & Technology Transfer Workshop, p. 24. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Klepeis, K., and Wright, S.F., 2004, Landslide data fix before non-geologists "fix" the landslide: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, p. 142. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Eppes, M.C., Caffee, M.W., Finkel, R.C., and Larsen, J., 2003, The speed and history of piedmont sediment: XVI Inqua Congress Programs with Abstracts, p. 140. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Eppes, M.C., Finkel, R.C., Caffee, M.W., and Larsen, J., 2003, The life of desert piedmont sediment: Sediment tracing using cosmogenic nuclides: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 35, p. 134-24. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P., Finkel, R., and Larsen, J., 2003, Long-term erosion and sedimentation rates of the Rio Chagres basin based on cosmogenic 10Be: International Scientific Symposium The Rio Chagres: A Multi-Disciplinary Profile of a Tropical Watershed Abstract Volume. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Persico, L.P., Larsen, J., Caffee, M., and Finkel, R., 2003, U.S. Army impacts on Mojave Desert sediment, past and present: International Conference on Military Geology and Geography, p. 47. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R.C., 2002, Sedimentation of the Panama Canal reservoir: Cosmogenic nuclide estimates of background sediment yield: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 2001, Birth and growth processes of the Miller Brook gully, northern Vermont: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, p. A-3. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Hooke, R.L., Eppes, M.C., Persico, L., Caffee, M., and Finkel, R., 2001, Regular cosmogenic nuclide dosing of sediment moving down desert piedmonts: EOS Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, v. H42D-0392. (download pdf)

Nichols, K., Bierman, P., Klepeis, K., and Wright, S., 2001, Landslide initiation after drought: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-440. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M.W., 2000, The Blackhawk keeps its secrets: Landslide dating using in situ 10-Be: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-400. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M., 1999, Revisiting the pediment problem using 10-Be and 26-Al: A case study of the Iron and Granite Mountain piedmonts, Mojave desert, California: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, p. A-256. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M., 1999, Long-term sediment dynamics of the Iron and Granite Mountain piedmonts, Mojave Desert, California, U.S.A.: International Conference on Drainage basin Dynamics and Morphology, Jerusalem, Israel, p. 47. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 1998, Geomorphic response to military training in the Mojave Desert: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 30, p. A-143. (download pdf)
First-Authored Other Publications Based on UVM Research

Nichols, K., Bierman, P., Finkel, R., and Larsen, J., 2005, Long-Term (10 to 20 kyr) Sediment Generation Rates for the Upper Rio Chagres Basin Based on Cosmogenic 10Be, in Harmon, R.S., ed., The Rio Chagres: A Multidisciplinary Profile of a Tropical Watershed, Kluwer Academic Publishers. (download pdf)
Junior-Authored, Refereed Publications Based on UVM Research

Persico, L.P., Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 2005, Tracking painted pebbles: Short-term rates of sediment movement on four Mojave Desert piedmont surfaces: Water Resources Research, v. 41, p. W07004. (download pdf)

Bierman, P., and Nichols, K., 2004, Rock to sediment - Slope to sea with 10-Be - Rates of landscape change: Annual review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, v. 32, p. 215-255. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Brown, S., Bryan, K., Lini, A., Nichols, K.K., Wright, S., Whalen, T., Zehfuss, P., and Davis, P.T., 2001, Post-glacial surface processes of northern New England, GSA Field Trip, Boston 2001. (download pdf)

Clapp, E.M., Bierman, P.R., Nichols, K.K., Pavich, M., and Caffee, M., 2001, Rates of sediment supply to arroyos from upland erosion determined using in situ produced cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al: Quaternary Research (New York), v. 55, p. 235-245. (download pdf)

Gran, S., Nichols, K., and Bierman, P.R., 1999, Teaching winter geohydrology using frozen lakes and snowy mountains: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 47, p. 420-447. (download pdf)
Other Meeting Abstracts Based on UVM Research

Bierman, P.R., Nichols, K.K., Matmon, A., Enzel, Y., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R., 2007, 10-Be shows that Namibian drainage basins are slowly, steadily and uniformly eroding: Quaternary International v. 167 - 168 p. 33. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Nichols, K.K., Sullivan, C., Duxbury, J., and Matmon, A., 2007, Little influence of grain size on cosmogenic 10Be concentration in river sediment: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 137. (download pdf)

Jungers, M.C., Bierman, P.R., Matmon, A., Nichols, K.K., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R.C., 2007, Accepting our differences: The power of amalgamation and 10Be as a geomorphic tracer for hillslope soil transport: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 513. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Nichols, K.K., Jungers, M., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R., 2006, More than rates or dates: The power of amalgamation when tracing landscape-scale processes with Be: Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts. (download pdf)

Cleveland, M., Nichols, K.K., Webb, R.H., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R.C., 2006, Asymmetric tributary erosion rates of eastern Grand Canyon based on cosmogenic 10 Be: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, p. 282. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Nichols, K.K., Clapp, E., Matmon, A., Caffee, M., and Finkel, R., 2002, Tracking landscape scale sediment generation and transport using 10Be and 26Al: Abstracts of Goldschmidt Conference, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 66, p. A-77. (download pdf)

Persico, L., Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 2002, The tortoise, the tank, and the sage: What really moves Mojave Desert pebbles: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. (download pdf)

Kurfis, J., Bierman, P., Nichols, K., Persico, L., and Melillo, P., 2001, Green university town succumbs to blacktop: Quantifying the increase in impermeable surfaces and runoff through time: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-179. (download pdf)

Persico, L.P., Nichols, K.K., and Bierman, P.R., 2001, Tracking painted pebbles in the Mojave: annual rates of sediment transport and the impact of offroad vehicles: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, p. A-439. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Nichols, K.K., Clapp, E.M., and Caffee, M.W., 2000, Army impacts on desert soils -- Comparing geologic rates of change to those occasioned by General George S. Patton: Annual Meetings Program, American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America, 2000 annual meeting, p. 74. (download pdf)
Other Publications Based on UVM Research

Bierman, P.R., Clapp, E.M., Nichols, K.K., Gillespie, A.R., and Caffee, M., 2001, Using cosmogenic nuclide measurements in sediments to understand background rates of erosion and sediment transport, in Harmon, R.S., and Doe, W.M., eds., Landscape Erosion and Evolution Modelling: New York, Kluwer, p. 89-116. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Wright, S., and Nichols, K.K., 1999, Slope stability and late Pleistocene/Holocene history, northwestern Vermont, New England Intercollegiate Geologic Conference Guidebook. (download pdf)

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