University of Vermont

Paul Bierman

Paul Bierman

Professor in Geology and Natural Resources

Phone: 802-656-4411
Office: Department of Geology
Delahanty Hall
University of Vermont Trinity Campus
180 Colchester Avenue

Areas of Interest

Human/landscape interaction, isotope geochemistry, hydrology, science education

I am a Geomorphologist with wide-ranging interests including isotope geochemistry, surface processes, human-induced landscape change, and rates of erosion. I am particularly interested in working at the interface between active research, education, and science literacy at all levels -- thus my involvement in the Governor's Institutes of Vermont (a residential program for high school science students) and National Science Foundation's (NSF) Career and Distinguished Teaching Scholars (DTS) programs combining research and education.


Ph.D., 1993, Geology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA with A. Gillespie, "Cosmogenic Isotopes and the Evolution of Granitic Landforms"
MS, 1990, Geology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA with A. Gillespie, "Accuracy and Precision of Rock Varnish Cation Ratio Dating"
BA, 1985, Geology and Environmental Studies, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, "Deglaciation of Northwestern Massachusetts," (cum laude and senior thesis)

Selected Publications

Bierman, P.R., Gould, P., Lamb, J., Norton, S., Massey, C.A., Olson, J., Reusser, L., and Ungerleider, J. 2008. Global Climate Change - Motivated High School Students Gain their Voice. National Association for Gifted Children Journal, p. 1-9.

Reusser, L. and Bierman, P.R. 2010. Tracking fluvial sand through the Waipaoa River Basin, New Zealand, with meteoric 10Be. Geology, 10 v. 38; no. 1; p. 47–50; doi: 10.1130/G30395.

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.

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Foniri, W.R., Gillespie, A.R., Caffee, M.W., Finkel, R. 2006. Dates and rates of arid region geomorphic processes revealed by analysis of cosmogenic nuclides, GSA Today: v. 16, no. 8, doi: 10.1130/GSAT01608.1, p. 4-11.

Additional Links

UVM Department of Geology
UVM Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group
UVM Landscape Change Program
UVM Geomorphology