University of Vermont

Paul Bierman, Geomorphologist and Geochemist

About me and my research

My research has examined Earth Surface Processes at scales ranging from micron thick coatings of rock varnish to the evolution of Namibian landscapes. My current research interests include the rate of bedrock erosion and sediment production, which involves field work in such locations as central Australia and the Canadian arctic. I have also been investigating the erosion history of large rivers and drainage basins.  My students and I have been deeply involved in trying to understand the Holocene evolution of New England, in particular the timing and distribution of major storms over the past 10,000 years. Over the last few years, I have been exploring the recent record of landscape change by leading the NSF supported Landscape Change Program, an on-line archive containing thousands of images of Vermont landscapes going back over 200 years. I lead a cosmogenic isotope lab where we extract 10-Be and 26-Al for isotopic analysis and spend long nights in the accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory making measurements.

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