University of Vermont

NSF/UVM Community Cosmogenic Facility (CCF)

Refereed Papers

Papers Submitted or in Review

Portenga, E., Bierman, P.R., Trodick, C., Dejong, B., Greene, S., and Pavich, M. (in review, 4/17). Background rates of erosion and sediment generation in the Potomac River basin, USA, derived using in situ ¹⁰Be, meteoric ¹⁰Be, and ⁹Be GSA Bulletin.

Corbett, L., Bierman, P. R., Woodruff, T. E., and Caffee, M. W. (in review, 12/17), A homogeneous liquid reference material for monitoring the quality and reproducibility of in situ cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al analyses. NIMB Proceedings.

Graly, G., Corbett, L., Bierman, P. R., Lini, A. and Neumann, T. (in review,1/18), Meteoric 10Be as a tracer of subglacial processes and interglacial surface exposure in Greenland, Quaternary Science Reviews

Bender, A.M., Lease, R.O., Corbett, L.B., Bierman, P.R., Caffee, M.W, (in review, 3/2018). Ongoing transient bedrock incision of the Fortymile River driven by Late Pliocene Yukon River headwater capture, eastern Alaska and Yukon, Canada. GEOLOGY.

Papers in Revision

Greene, E. S., Bierman, P., Perdrial, N. (in revision, 10/17). Towards a better understanding of Beryillium-10 and Beryllium-9 dynamics in river sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

Schmidt, A. H., Sosa-Gonzalez, V., Bierman, P. R., McPhillips, D. and Rood, D., (in revision, 5/17) Topographic control of steady state erosion at the southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau: Geophysical Research Letters.

Borg, J., Stryker, J. J., Bierman, P. R. and M. Dewoolkar, M. M., (in revision, 4/16) Streambank stability assessment using in situ monitoring and computer modeling. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Slack, C., Hanson, K., Coppersmith, R., Neveling, J., Bierman, P., Forman, S., and Goedhart, M (in revision, 2/16), Paleo-seismic Investigations of the Kango Fault, South Africa: Incorporating temporal and spatial clustering behavior into a seismic source characterization model, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

McCarthy, J.A., Schoenbohm, L. M., Bierman, P.R., Rood, D., Hidy, A.J. (in revision, 10/15) Late Quaternary Tectonics, Incision, and Landscape Evolution of the Calchaquí River Catchment, Eastern Cordillera, NW Argentina. JGR Earth Surface.

Borg, J., Bierman, P.R, Dewoolkar, M., Rizzo, D., and Rood, D. (in revision, 2/12) Meteoric 10 Be adhered to suspended sediment: source and transport dynamics in a large New England watershed. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface

DeJong, B. D., Hidy, A. J., Bierman, P. R. (in revision, 4/15) Optimizing cosmogenic burial isochrons using muon-inclusive simple burial dating. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research.

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Rood, D. H. (in revision, 2/17) Cosmogenic 10Be and sediment budgets reveal a multi-aged Grand Canyon. GEOLOGY

Papers Accepted and in Press

Bierman, P., Shakun, J., Portenga, E., Rood, D, and Corbett, L. (in press, 2/18). Directly dating post-glacial Greenlandic emergence at high resolution using in situ 10Be. Quaternary Research.

Shakun,J.D., Corbett, L. B., Bierman, P. R., Underwood, K., Rizzo, D. M., Zimmerman, S.R., Caffee, M.,and Naish,T. (accepted, 2/18) Minimal East Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat onto land during the past 8 Myr , Nature

Del Vecchio, J., DiBiase,, R. A., Denn, A. R., Bierman, P. R., Caffee, M.W., and Zimmerman, S. R. (accepted, 2/18) Record of coupled hillslope and channel response to Pleistocene erosion and deposition in a sandstone headwater valley, central Pennsylvania. Geological Society of America Bulletin.


Denn, A., Bierman, P.R., Caffee, M, Zimmerman, S., Corbett, L., and Kirby, E. (2018) Cosmogenic nuclides indicate that boulder fields are dynamic, ancient, multigenerational features. GSA Today.doi: 10.1130/GSATG340A.1.


Schmidt, A. H., Sosa-Gonzalez, V., Bierman, P. R., Neilson, T. B.,Rood, D., (2017), Agricultural land use doubled sediment loads in western China's rivers. Anthropocene.

Neilson, T. B., Schmidt, A. H., Bierman, P. R., Sosa-Gonzalez, V., and Rood, D., (2017), Efficacy of in situ and meteoric 10Be mixing in fluvial sediment collected from small catchments in China. Chemical Geology. /

Bierman, P. R. and Portenga, E., (2017) Beryllium Isotopes, in Encyclopedia of Geochemistry (W.M. White, ed.), Springer

C. Knudsen, J. R. Hopper, P. R. Bierman, M. Bjerager, T. Funck, P. F. Green, J. R. Ineson, P. Japsen, C. Marcussen, S. C. Sherlock & T. B. Thomsen, (2017). Samples from the Lomonosov Ridge place new constraints on the geological evolution of the Arctic Ocean. In: Pease, V. & Coakley, B. (eds) Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 460.

Sosa-Gonzalez, V., Schmidt, A. H., Bierman, P. R., and Rood, D., (2017), Spatial and temporal replicability of meteoric and in situ 10Be concentrations in fluvial sediment, Earth Surface Process and Landforms. 10.1002/esp.4205.

Corbett, L., Bierman, P. R., Larsen, P., Stone, B. D., and Caffee, M. W. (2017), Cosmogenic nuclide age estimate for Laurentide Ice Sheet recession from the terminal moraine, New Jersey, USA, and constraints on Latest Pleistocene ice sheet behavior, Quaternary Research.

Reusser, L., Bierman, P. Rizzo, D. M., and Rood, D. H., (2017) Characterizing landscape-scale erosion using 10Be in detrital fluvial sediment: slope-based sampling strategy detects the effect of widespread dams. WRR - technical note. 10.1002/2016WR019774

Singleton, A. A., Schmidt, A. H., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D., Neilson, T. B., Greene, E. S., Bower, J. A., and Perdrial, N. (2017) Effects of grain size, mineralogy, and acid-extractable grain coatings on the distribution of the fallout radionuclides 7Be, 10Be, 137Cs, and 210Pb in river sediment, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Volume 197, 15, Pages 71–86
Portenga, E. W., P. Bishop, D. H. Rood, and P. R. Bierman (2017), Combining bulk sediment OSL and meteoric 10Be fingerprinting techniques to identify gully initiation sites and erosion depths, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JF004052.

Corbett, L. B., P. R. Bierman, D. H. Rood, M. W. Caffee, N. A. Lifton, and T. E. Woodruff (2017), Cosmogenic 26Al/10Be surface production ratio in Greenland, Geophys. Res. Lett., v. 44, issue 3, p 1350-1359 doi:10.1002/ 2016GL071276.

Koester, A., Shakun, J., Bierman, P.R., Corbett, L., Davis, P.T., Braun, D., and Zimmerman, S. (2017) Rapid thinning of the Laurentide Ice Sheet in coastal Maine, USA during late Heinrich Stadial 1, Quaternary Science Reviews,


Bierman, P., Shakun, J., Rood, D, Corbett, L., and Zimmerman, S. (2016). Marine-sediment 10Be and 26Al records of a persistent and dynamic East Greenland Ice Sheet over the past 7.5 Myr. NATURE. 540, 256–260. doi:10.1038/nature20147
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Schmidt, A. H., Neilson, T. B., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D., Ouimet, W.B., and Sosa-Gonzalez, V., (2016), Influence of topography and human activity on erosion in Yunnan, SW China, Earth Surface Dynamics, 4, 1–12, 2016 doi:10.5194/esurf-4-1-2016 Linari (Sullivan), C.L., Bierman, P.R., Portenga, E., Pavich, M.J., Finkel, R.C., Freeman, S. (2016) Rates of erosion and landscape change along the Blue Ridge escarpment, southern Appalachian Mountains, estimated from in situ cosmogenic 10Be. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.10.1002/esp.4051
Sosa., V., Bierman, P. R., Nichols, K. K., Rood, D. H. (2016) Long-term erosion rates of Panamanian drainage basins determined using in situ 10Be. Geomorphology. Volume 275, p. 1–15. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.04.025
Sosa., V., Bierman, P. R., Fernandes, N. F., Rood, D. H. (2016) Denudation rates of Brazilian watersheds constrained with cosmogenic 10Be. Geomorphology. v. 268, Pp. 54–63, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.05.024
Wohl, E., Bierman, P. R., Montgomery, D. R. (2016) Earth’s Dynamic Surface: The Past 50 Years in Geomorphology, chapter of Geological Society of America Special Paper. 10.1130/2016.2523(01)​ GSA Special Papers, v. 523,
Corbett, L., Bierman, P. R., Davis, P.T. (2016) Glacial history and landscape evolution of southern Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island, Canada, constrained by cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al. Geological Society of America Bulletin.
Corbett, L., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D. H. (2016) Constraining multi-stage exposure-burial scenarios for boulders preserved beneath cold-based glacial ice in Thule, Northwest Greenland. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. v . 440, p. 147–157. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.02.004
Corbett, L. B., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D. H. (2016) An approach for optimizing in situ cosmogenic 10Be sample preparation, Quaternary Geochronology. v.33., 24-34.
Portenga, E. W., Rood, D. H., Bishop, P. and Bierman, P. R. (2016) Isotopic evidence for a mid-Holocene landscape response to Aboriginal burning in southeastern Australia. Geology. doi:10.1130/G37257.1
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McPhillips, D., Hoke, G. D.,Liu-Zeng, J., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D. H. Niedermann, S. (2016) Incision of the Yangtze River Gorge at the First Bend determined by three-nuclide burial dating. Geophysical Research Letters. 10.1002/2015GL066780 Bender, A. M., Amos, C. B., Bierman, P.R., Rood, D. H., Staisch, L., Kelsey, H., Sherrod, B. (2016) Differential uplift and incision of the Yakima River terraces. Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth. 10.1002/2015JB012303


Bierman, P. R., Davis, P. T., Corbett, L. B., Lifton, N. and Finkel, R. (2015) Cold-based, Laurentide ice covered New England’s highest summits during the Last Glacial Maximum, Geology. doi:10.1130/G37225.1
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Whitney, B. B., Clark, D., Hengesh, J. V. , Bierman, P. R. (2015) Paleoseismology of the Mt. Narryer fault zone, Western Australia: a multi-strand intraplate fault system. Geologi cal Society of America Bulletin. , doi: 10.1130/B31313.1
Bierman, P., (2015) The incision history of the Great Falls of the Potomac River—The Kirk Bryan 2015 field trip, in Brezinski, D.K., Halka, J.P., and Ortt, R.A, Jr., eds., Tripping from the Fall Line. Geological Society of Field Guide 40, doi:10.1130/2015.0040(01). p.1-10.
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DeJong, B. D., Bierman, P.R., Newell, W. L., Rittenour, T. M., Mahan, S.A., Balco, G., Rood, D. H. (in press, 6/15) State and fate of mid‐ Atlantic sea levels from the geologic perspective. GSA Today. (download paper as PDF)

Pelletier, J. D. et al. (2015), Forecasting the response of Earth's surface to future climatic and land-use changes: A review of methods and research needs, Earth's Future, 3, 00–00, doi:10.1002/2014EF000290.

Dickerson, R. and Bierman, P. R., (2015) Alluvial fan surfaces and an age-related stability for cultural resource preservation: Nevada Test and Training Range, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, USA. Journal of Archaeological Science. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.05

Davis, P. T., Bierman, P. R., Corbett, L. B., and Finkel, R. (2015) Cosmogenic exposure age evidence for rapid Laurentide deglaciation of the Katahdin area, west-central Maine, USA, 16 to 15 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Pupim, F. do N., P. R. Bierman, M. L. Assine, D. H. Rood, A. Silva, E. R. Merino, (2015). Erosion rates and landscape evolution of the northern border of the Brazilian Pantanal basin from cosmogenic 10Be, Geomorphology. v. 234.

Duxbury, J., Bierman, P., Larsen, J., Pavich, M.J., Southworth, S., Miguéns-Rodríguez, M., and Freeman, S. (2015). Erosion rates in and around Shenandoah National Park, VA, determined using analysis of cosmogenic 10Be: American Journal of Science.v. 315, p46–76, DOI 10.2475/01.2015.02

Ouimet, W., Dethier, D., Bierman, P., Wyshnytsky, C., Shea, N. and Rood, D. (2015). Spatial and temporal variations in meteoric 10Be inventories and long term deposition rates, Colorado Front Range: A cautionary tale. Quaternary Science Reviews. v.109, p.1-12,

Wyshnytzky, C., Ouimet, W.B., McCarthy, J. A., Dethier, D.P, Shroba, R.R., Bierman, P.R. (2015). Meteoric Be-10, clay, and extractable Fe depth profiles in the Colorado Front Range: Implications for soil mixing and slope stability. Catena. v. 127, p. 32–45.

Corbett, L., Bierman, P.R., Lasher, G.E., and Rood, D. (2015). Landscape chronology and glacial history in Thule, northwest Greenland. Quaternary Science Reviews, 57-67, 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.11.019

Reusser, L., Bierman, P.R., and Rood, D. (2015) Quantifying human impacts on rates of erosion and sediment transport at a landscape scale. Geology. doi: 10.1130/G36272.1

Portenga, E., Bierman, P.R., Duncan, C., Corbett, L., Kehrwald, N. M. Rood, D. (2015). Erosion rates of the Bhutanese Himalaya determined using in situ-produced 10Be. Geom orphology.

Jull,, A. J. T., Scott, E. M. and Bierman, P., (2015). The CRONUS-Earth inter-comparison for cosmogenic isotope analysis. Quaternary Geochronology. 10.1016/j.quageo.2013.09.003


McPhillips, D., Bierman, P.R., Sweeney, M. and Rood, D.R. (2014). Millennial-scale record of landslides in the Andes consistent with earthquake trigger. Nature Geoscience. 7, 925–930doi:10.1038/ngeo2278

Nichols, K. K., Bierman, P. R. and Rood, D. (2014). 10Be constrains the sediment sources and sediment yields to the Great Barrier Reef from the tropical Barron River catchment, Queensland, Australia. Geomorphology, 224, p. 102–110.

Foley, F., Turner, S., Rushmer, T.,. Caulfield, J.T., Bierman, P.R., Daczko, N. R., Robertson, M., and Boyce, A.J. (2014) 10Be, 18O, and radiogenic isotopic constraints on the origin of adakitic signatures: A case study from Solander and Little Solander Islands, New Zealand. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 168:1048, 10.1007/s00410-014-1048-9

Bierman, P..R., Coppersmith, R., Hanson, K., Neveling, J., Portenga, E., Rood, D. (2014) A cosmogenic view of erosion, relief generation, and the age of faulting in southern Africa. GSA Today. v. 24, n.9, 10.1130/GSATG206A.1
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Bierman, P. R., Corbett, L., Graly, J., Neumann, T, Lini, A., Crosby, B., and Rood, D., (2014), Preservation of a pre-glacial landscape under the center of the Greenland Ice Sheet, Science.
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Dethier, D.P., Ouimet, W., Bierman, P.R., Rood, D.H., and Balco, G., (2014). Basins and bedrock: Spatial variation in 10Be erosion rates and increasing relief in the southern Rocky Mountains, USA. Geology. v. 42, n. 2, 10.1130/G34922.1

West, N., Kirby, E., Bierman, P., Clarke, B. (2014) Aspect-dependent variations in regolith creep revealed by meteoric 10Be, Geology.

Nelson, A. H., Bierman, P. R., *Shakun, J. D., Rood, D. H. (2014), Using in situ cosmogenic 10Be to identify the source of sediment leaving Greenland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3565


Corbett, L. Bierman, P., Graly, J., Neumann, T., Rood, D. (2013). Constraining landscape history and glacial erosivity using paired cosmogenic nuclides in Upernavik, Northwest Greenland. Geological Society of America Bulletin. v. 125, no. 9-10, 10.1130/B30813.1

Balco, G., Soreghan, G. S., Sweet, D.E., Marra, K. R. and Bierman, P.R. (2013). Cosmogenic-nuclide burial ages for Pleistocene sedimentary fill in Unaweep Canyon, Colorado, USA, Quaternary Geochronology. p. 149–157. 10.1016/j.quageo.2013.02.002.

Young, N., E. Briner, J., Rood, D., Finkel, R., Corbett, L., and Bierman, P. (2013), The Fjord Stade moraines in western Greenland and early Holocene abrupt climate change. Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 60, p. 76–90.

Portenga, E.W., Bierman, P. R., Rizzo, D M., Rood, D. H. (2013). Low rates of bedrock outcrop erosion in the central Appalachian Mountains inferred from in situ 10Be. Geological Society of America Bulletin. v. 125, n. 1-2, p. 201-215.

Regalla, C., Kirby, E., Fisher, D., and Bierman, P. (2013). Active forearc shortening in Tohoku, Japan: Constraints on fault geometry from erosion rates and fluvial longitudinal profiles. v. 195, p. 84–98

Miller, S.R., Sak, P.B., Kirby, E., and Bierman, P.R (2013) Neogene rejuvenation of central Appalachian topography: Evidence for differential rock uplift from stream profiles and erosion rates: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 369-370, p. 1-12, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.04.007.

McPhillips, D., Bierman, P.R., and Rood, D.R. (2013) Landscape response to Pleistocene-Holocene precipitation changes in the Western Cordillera, Peru: 10Be concentrations in modern and terrace sediments, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface. v. 118, n. 4, p. 2488–2499, DOI: 10.1002/2013JF002837.

West, N., Kirby, E., Bierman, P., Slingerland, R., Ma, L., Brantley, S., and Rood, D. (2013). Regolith production and transport at the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory, Part 2: Insights from meteoric 10Be. v. 118, n. 3. JGR Earth Surface. DOI: 10.1002/jgrf.20121

Vang, A. and Bierman, P., (2013) The cultural legacy of the Vermont Interstate System, Walloomsack Review.
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Markewich, H.W., Pavich, M.J, Schultz, A.P., Mahan, S.A., and Bierman, P.R. (2012). Geochronologic evidence for a possible MIS-11 emergent barrier/beach-ridge in southeastern Georgia. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Enzel Y., Amit R., Grodek T., Ayalon A., Lekach J., Porat N., Bierman P., and Blum J. (2012). Late Quaternary weathering, erosion, and deposition in Nahal Yael, Israel: An “impact of climatic change on an arid watershed”?, Geological Society of American Bulletin.

Bacon, A. R., Richter, D., Bierman, P. R., and Rood, D. H., (2012) Coupling meteoric 10Be with pedogenic losses of 9Be to improve soil residence time estimates on an ancient North American interfluve. Geology, v. 40; no. 9; p. 1–4; doi:10.1130/G33449.1)

Reusser, L. J., Corbett, L. B., and P. R. Bierman (2012), Incorporating concept sketching into teaching undergraduate geomorphology. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 60, p 3-9.
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West, N., Kirby, E., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D. (2011) Preliminary estimates of regolith generation and mobility in the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory, Pennsylvania, using meteoric 10Be. Applied Geochemistry. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.053

Portenga, E. and Bierman, P. R. (2011). Understanding Earth’s Eroding Surface with 10Be. GSA Today.
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Corbett, L. B., Young, N.E., Bierman, P. R., Briner, J. P., Neumann, T.A., Graly, J.A, and Rood, D. H. (2011) Paired bedrock and boulder 10Be concentrations resulting from early Holocene ice retreat near Jakobshavn Isfjord, western Greenland Quaternary Science Reviews, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.04.001.

Graly, J., Reusser, L., and Bierman, P. R., (2011). Short and long-term delivery rates of meteoric 10Be to terrestrial soils. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 302, Issues 3-4, p. 329-336 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.12.02


Besaw, L. E., Rizzo, D. M., Bierman, P. R., and Hackett, W. R. (2010). Advances in ungauged streamflow prediction using artificial neural networks. Journal of Hydrology. v. 386, p. 27-37, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.02.037.

Graly, J., Bierman, P. R., Reusser, L., and Pavich, M., (2010). Meteoric 10Be in soil profiles – a global meta-analysis. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 74, p. 6814-6829.

Lixin J., Ravella, R. , Ketchum, B., Bierman, P. R., Heaney, P. White, T., Brantley, S. L. (2010). Mineral weathering and elemental transport during hillslope evolution at the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. v. 74, p. 3669–3691, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2010.03.036.

Matmon, A., Briner, J., Carver, G., Bierman, P., and Finkel, R. (2010). Moraine chronosequence of the Donnelly Dome region, Alaska: Implications for late Pleistocene glacial history of interior Alaska. Quarternary Research. 10.1016/j.yqres.2010.04.007. <

Pearce, A.R., Bierman, P.R., Druschel, G.K., Massey, C., Rizzo, D.M., Watzin, M.C., and Wemple, B.C., (2010). Pitfalls and successes of developing an interdisciplinary watershed field camp: Journal of Geoscience Education. v. 58, p. 213-220.
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Reusser, L. and Bierman, P.R. (2010). Tracking fluvial sand through the Waipaoa River Basin, New Zealand, with meteoric 10Be. Geology, v. 38; no. 1; p. 47–50; doi: 10.1130/G30395.

Reusser, L., Graly, J., Bierman, P. R., and Rood, D., (2010). A new approach for constraining long-term meteoric 10Be deposition rates. Geophysical Research Letters. VOL. 37, L19403, doi:10.1029/2010GL044751. )


Jungers, M.C., Bierman, P.R., Matmon, A., Nichols, K., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R. (2009) Tracing hillslope sediment production and transport with in situ and meteoric 10Be: Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface. v. 114, doi:10.1029/2008JF001086. )

Parris, A.S., Bierman, P.R., Noren, A. J., Prins, M., Lini, A., 2009, Holocene paleostorms identified by particle size signatures in lake sediments from the northeastern United States: Journal of Paleolimnology, doi:10.1007/s10933-009-9311-1.

Cox, R. Bierman, P. Jungers, M., and Rakotondrazafy. M. (2009) Erosion rates and sediment sources in Madagascar inferred from 10Be analysis of lavaka, slope, and river sediment, Journal of Geology, volume 117, p. 363–376, DOI:10.1086/598945. )


Bierman, P., Gould, P., Lamb, J., Massey, C., Norton, S., Olson, J., Reusser, L., and Ungerleider, J., 2008, Global climate change - motivated high school students gain their voice: Teaching for High Potential, National Association for Gifted Children v. Spring 2008.
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Hunt, A.L., Larsen, J., Bierman, P., and Petrucci, G.A., 2008, Investigation of factors that affect the sensitivity of accelerator mass spectrometry for cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al isotope analysis: Analytical Chemistry, v. 80, p. 1656-1663.


Bierman, P., 2007, Cosmogenic glacial dating, 20 years and counting: Geology, v. 35, p. 575-576.

Hunt, A.L., Petrucci, G.A., Bierman, P.R., and Finkel, R.C., 2007, Investigation of metal matrix systems for cosmogenic 26Al analysis by accelerator mass spectrometry: Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, B, v. 260, p. 633-636.

Massey, C.A., and Bierman, P.R, 2007, Teachers and kids dig old photos: National Association for Gifted Children Journal, p. 5-6.
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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.
Reusser, L., and Bierman, P., 2007, Accuracy assessment of LiDAR-derived DEMs of bedrock river channels: Holtwood Gorge, Susquehanna River: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 34.


Briner, J.P., Gosse, J. C., and Bierman, P.R., 2006, Applications of cosmogenic nuclides to Laurentide Ice Sheet history and dynamics: Geological Society of America Special Paper, v. 415, p. 29-41.

Hunt, A.L., Petrucci, G.A., Bierman, P.R., and Finkel, R.C., 2006, Metal matrices to optimize ion beam currents for accelerator mass spectrometry: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, v. 243, p. 216-222.

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.
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Reusser, L., Bierman, P., Pavich, M., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R., 2006, An episode of rapid bedrock channel incision during the last glacial cycle, measured with 10Be: American Journal of Science, v. 306, p. 69-102. )

Riihimaki, C.A., Anderson, R.S., Safran, E.B., Dethier, D.P., Finkel, R.C., and Bierman, P.R., 2006, Longevity and progressive abandonment of the Rocky Flats surface, Front Range, Colorado: Geomorphology, v. 78, p. 265-278.


Bierman, P.R., Howe, J., Stanley-Mann, E., Peabody, M., Hilke, J., and Massey, C.A., 2005, Old images record landscape change through time: GSA Today, v. 15, p. 4-10.
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Bierman, P., Massey, C., and Manduca, C., 2006, Reconsidering the textbook: Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, v. 87, p. 306-306. )

Bierman, P.R., Reuter, J.M., Pavich, M., Gellis, A.C., Caffee, M.W., and Larsen, J., 2005, Using cosmogenic nuclides to contrast rates of erosion and sediment yield in a semi-arid, arroyo-dominated landscape, Rio Puerco Basin, New Mexico: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 30, p. 935-953. Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Caffee, M., Finkel, R., and Larsen, J., 2005, Cosmogenically enabled sediment budgeting: Geology, v. 33, p. 133-136.

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. <

Pavich, M.J., Reuter, J.M., and Bierman, P.R., 2005, Persistence of relief and erosion on the eastern passive margin: Earthscope Annual Meeting.

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.

Safran, E.B., Bierman, P.R., Aalto, R., Dunne, T., Whipple, K.X., and Caffee, M., 2005, Erosion rates driven by channel network incision in the Bolivian Andes: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 30, p. 1007-1024.


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.

Gellis, A.C., Pavich, M.J., Bierman, P.R., Clapp, E.M., Ellevein, A., and Aby, S., 2004, Modern sediment yield compared to geologic rates of sediment production in a semi-arid basin, New Mexico: assessing the human impact: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 29.

Reusser, L.J., Bierman, P.R., Pavich, M.J., Zen, E.-a., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R., 2004, Rapid Late Pleistocene incision of Atlantic passive-margin river gorges: Science, v. 305, p. 499-502. <


Briner, J.P., Miller, G.H., Davis, P.T., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M., 2003, Last Glacial Maximum ice sheet dynamics in Arctic Canada inferred from young erratics perched on ancient tors: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 22, p. 437-444.

Butler, E.M., Bierman, P.R., and Gajda, R.H., 2003, Investigation-stimulated discussion sections make geoscience more relevant in large lecture class: Eos, v. 84, p. 517-522. <

Jennings, K., Bierman, P., and Southon, J., 2003, Timing and style of deposition on humid-temperate fans, Vermont, United States: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 115, p. 182-199.

Matmon, A., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., Southworth, S., Pavich, M., and Caffee, M., 2003, Temporally and spatially uniform rates of erosion in the southern Appalachian Great Smoky Mountains: Geology, v. 31, p. 155-158.

Matmon, A.S., Bierman, P., Larsen, J., Southworth, S., Pavich, M., Finkel, R., and Caffee, M., 2003, Erosion of an ancient mountain range, the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee: American Journal of Science, v. 303, p. 817-855.

Matmon, A.S., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., Southworth, S., Pavich, M., Finkel, R., and Caffee, M., 2003, ERRATA: Erosion of an ancient mountain range, the Great Smoky Mountains. North Carolina and Tennessee: American Journal of Science, v. 303, p. 972-973.

Matmon, A., Crouvi, O., Enzel, Y., Bierman, P., Larsen, J., Porat, N., Amit, R., and Caffee, M., 2003, Complex exposure histories of chert clasts in the late Pleistocene shorelines of Lake Lisan, southern Israel: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 28, p. 493-506.

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.
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Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M., 2002, Cosmogenic exposure and erosion history of ancient Australian bedrock landforms: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 114, p. 787-803.

Brown, S., Bierman, P., Lini, A., Davis, P.T., and Southon, J., 2002, Reconstructing lake and drainage basin history using terrestrial sediment layers: analysis of cores from a post-glacial lake in New England, USA: Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 28, p. 219-236.

Clapp, E., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M., 2002, Using 10Be and 26Al to determine sediment generation rates and identify sediment source areas in an arid region drainage basin: Geomorphology, v. 45, p. 89-104.

Colgan, P.M., Bierman, P.R., Mickelson, D.M., and Caffee, M.W., 2002, Variation in glacial erosion near the southern margin of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, south-central Wisconsin, USA: Implications for cosmogenic dating of glacial terrains: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 114, p. 1581-1591.

Matmon, A., Bierman, P., and Enzel, Y., 2002, Pattern and tempo of great escarpment erosion: Geology, v. 30, p. 1135-1138.

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.

Noren, A.J., Bierman, P.R., Steig, E.J., Lini, A., and Southon, J., 2002, Millennial-scale storminess variability in the northeastern United States during the Holocene epoch: Nature, v. 419, p. 821-824.

Schildgen, T., Dethier, D., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M., 2002, 26Al and 10Be dating of late Pleistocene fill terraces: a record of glacial and non-glacial fluvial deposition and incision, Colorado Front Ranges and Landforms.: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms., v. 27, p. 773-787.


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.

Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M.W., 2001, Slow rates of rock surface erosion and sediment production across the Namib Desert and escarpment, Southern Africa: American Journal of Science, v. 301, p. 326-358.

Bierman, P.R., Marsella, K.A., Davis, P.T., and Caffee, M., 2001, Reply to comment on "Mid-Pleistocene cosmogenic minimum-age limits for pre-Wisconsinan glacial surfaces in southwestern Minnesota and southern Baffin Island -- a multiple nuclide approach: Geomorphology, v. 39, p. 255-261. <

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.

Gran, S., Matmon, A.S., Bierman, P.R., Enzel, Y., Caffee, M., and Rizzo, D., 2001, Displacement history of a limestone normal fault scarp northern Israel from cosmogenic 36Cl.: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 106, p. 4247-4265.

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.

Schroeder, P.A., Melear, N.D., Bierman, P.R., Kashgarian, M., and Caffee, M.W., 2001, Apparent gibbsite growth ages for the regolith in the Georgia Piedmont: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 65, p. 381-386. <

Zehfuss, P.H., Bierman, P.R., Gillespie, A.R., Burke, R.M., and Caffee, M.W., 2001, Slip rates on the Fish Springs fault, Owens Valley, California, deduced from cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al and soil development on fan surfaces: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 113, p. 241-255.


Abbott, M., Lini, A., and Bierman, P., 2000, Stable isotopic measurements (H,O) constrain groundwater recharge mechanisms in upland fractured bedrock aquifer, Vermont, USA: Journal of Hydrology, v. 228, p. 101-112.

Brown, S.L., Bierman, P.R., Lini, A., and Southon, J., 2000, A 10,000 year record of extreme hydrologic events: Geology, v. 28, p. 335-338.

Clapp, E.M., Bierman, P.R., Schick, A.P., Lekach, J., Enzel, Y., and Caffee, M., 2000, Sediment yield exceeds sediment production in arid region drainage basins: Geology, v. 28, p. 995-998. <

Marsella, K.A., Bierman, P.R., Davis, P.T., and Caffee, M.W., 2000, Cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al ages for the last glacial maximum, eastern Baffin Island, Arctic Canada: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 112, p. 1296-1312.


Bierman, P.R., Marsella, K.A., Patterson, C., Davis, P.T., and Caffee, M., 1999, Mid-Pleistocene cosmogenic minimum-age limits for pre-Wisconsinan glacial surfaces in southwestern Minnesota and southern Baffin Island; a multiple nuclide approach: Geomorphology, v. 27, p. 25-39.

Davis, P.T., Bierman, P.R., Marsella, K.A., Caffee, M.W., and Southon, J.R., 1999, Cosmogenic analysis of glacial terrains in the eastern Canadian Arctic: a test for inherited nuclides and the effectiveness of glacial erosion: Annals of Glaciology, v. 28, p. 181-188.

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)


Loso, M., Schwartz, H., Wright, S., Bierman, P., 1998, Composition, morphology, and genesis of a moraine-like feature in the Miller Brook valley, Vermont: Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 20, p. 1-10.
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Bierman, P., 1997, reply to comment by C. Rowland Twidale: Quaternary Research, v. 48, p. 386-389.

Bierman, P., Lini, A., Davis, P.T., Southon, J., Baldwin, L., Church, A., and Zehfuss, P., 1997, Post-glacial ponds and alluvial fans: recorders of Holocene landscape history: GSA Today, v. 7, p. 1-8.
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Schneider, J.S., and Bierman, P.R., 1997, Surface dating using rock varnish, in Taylor, R.E., and Aitken, M., eds., Chronometric dating in archaeology, p. 357-388.


Bierman, P.R., and Clapp, E.M., 1996, Estimating geologic age from cosmogenic nuclides; an update: Science, v. 271, p. 1606.

Bierman, P.R., and Steig, E., 1996, Estimating rates of denudation and sediment transport using cosmogenic isotope abundances in sediment: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 21, p. 125-139.

Clapp, E., Bierman, P.R., Church, A.B., Larsen, P.L., Schuck, R.A., and Hanzas, J.P., 1996, Teaching geohydrology through analysis of groundwater resources and glacial geology, northwestern Vermont: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 44, p. 45-51.
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Bierman, P.R., 1995, A new method of estimating basin scale erosion rates -- measurement of in situ produced 10Be and 26Al in sediments: EOS, v. 76, p. S143.

Bierman, P.R., and Gillespie, A.R., 1995, Reply to comment on "Evidence suggesting that methods of rock-varnish cation ratio dating are neither comparable nor consistently reliable: Quaternary Research, v. 43, p. 274-276.

Bierman, P.R., Gillespie, A., and Caffee, M., 1995, Cosmogenic age-estimates for earthquake recurrence intervals and debris-flow fan deposition, Owens Valley, California: Science, v. 270, p. 447-450.

Bierman, P., Gillespie, A., Caffee, M., and Elmore, D., 1995, Estimating erosion rates and exposure ages with 36Cl produced by neutron activation: Geochemica et Cosmochemica Acta, v. 59, p. 3779-3798.

Bierman, P., and Turner, J., 1995, 10Be and 26Al evidence for exceptionally low rates of Australian bedrock erosion and the likely existence of pre-Pleistocene landscapes: Quaternary Research, v. 44, p. 378-382.

Clark, D., Bierman, P.R., and Larsen, P., 1995, Improving in situ cosmogenic chronometers: Quaternary Research, v. 44, p. 366-376.

Gillespie, A.R., and Bierman, P.R., 1995, Precision of terrestrial exposure ages and erosion rates estimated from analysis of cosmogenic isotopes produced in situ: Journal of Geophysical Research, B, Solid Earth and Planets, v. 100, p. 24,637-24,649.


Bierman, P.R., 1994, Using in situ produced cosmogenic isotopes to estimate rates of landscape evolution; a review from the geomorphic perspective: Journal of Geophysical Research, B, Solid Earth and Planets, v. 99, p. 13885-13896.

Bierman, P.R., and Gillespie, A.R., 1994, Evidence suggesting that methods of rock-varnish cation-ratio dating are neither comparable nor consistently reliable: Quaternary Research, v. 41, p. 82-90.


Bierman, P.R., and Gillespie, A.R., 1992, Replies to comments on Accuracy of rock varnish chemical analyses: implications for cation ratio dating: Geology, v. 20, p. 469-472.

Bierman, P.R., and Gillespie, A.R., 1992, Reply to comment on Range fires: A significant factor in exposure-age determination and geomorphic surface evolution: Geology, v. 20, p. 283-285.

Bierman, P., Gillespie, A., Harrington, C., Raymond, R., McFadden, L., and Wells, S., 1992, Throwing rocks: American Scientist, v. 80, p. 110-112.

Bierman, P.R., and Kuehner, S., 1992, Accurate and precise measurement of rock varnish chemistry using SEM/EDS: Chemical Geology, v. v. 95., p. 283 297.


Bierman, P.R., Gillespie, A.R., and Kuehner, S., 1991, Precision of rock-varnish chemical analyses and cation-ratio ages: Geology, v. 19, p. 135-138.

Bierman, P.R., and Gillespie, A.R., 1991, Accuracy of rock varnish chemical analyses: implications for cation ratio dating: Geology, v. 19, p. 196-199.

Bierman, P.R., and Gillespie, A.R., 1991, Range fires: A significant factor in exposure-age determination and geomorphic surface evolution: Geology, v. 19, p. 641-644.


Bierman, P., Marler, L., and Martin, B., 1988, Ground water in an upland valley -- the lingering influence of a glacial lake, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Proceedings of FOCUS conference, New England, National Water Well Association, p. 274-298.
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Bierman, P., and Dethier, D., 1986, Lake Bascom and the deglaciation of Northwestern Massachusetts: Northeastern Geology, v. 8, p. 32-43.
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Bierman, P.B., 1985, Groundwater in the Purple Valley, the lingering influence of glacier ice: A Journal, v. 7, p. 13-17.
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