University of Vermont

NSF/UVM Community Cosmogenic Facility (CCF)

Lyman Persico

Lyman is pebble man. Placing 1600 painted and numbered pebbles at four sites in the Mojave Desert he tracked their movement over time and space using repeated total station surveys. Lyman also assisted Kyle Nichols in the Mojave and worked closely with several urban hydrology projects in Burlington.
Undergraduate Degree
University of Vermont, B.S. Environmental Science with honors, 2002
B.S. Honors thesis (2002) Tracking painted pebbles on a Mojave Desert piedmont: Annual rates of sediment movement and impact of off-road vehicles (download pdf)
Honors and Awards
University of Vermont, Charles G. Doll Award, 2002
University of Vermont, Hawley Award, 2000 and 2002
Additional Degrees
University of New Mexico, Ph.D. Geology, (in progress)
University of New Mexico, M.S. Geology, 2006
Urban Hydrology
Mojave Desert Sediment Dynamics
Tracking Painted Pebbles in the Mojave
Governor's Institutes of Vermont
Other Related Links
University of New Mexico homepage
Web page while at UVM
Lyman's UVM web page
Email Address
Current Position and Contact Information (8/2008)
Ph.D. Candidate
Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Junior-Authored, Refereed Publications Based on UVM Research

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)
First-Authored Meeting Abstracts 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)

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)

Persico, L.P., Mallard, L.D., Bierman, P.R., and Massey, C.A., 2000, Forest to farmland and back again: A changing Vermont landscape: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-24. (download pdf)
Other Meeting Abstracts Based on UVM Research

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., 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)

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)

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