Professor in Geology and Natural Resources

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.


Bierman, P. R., Shakun, J., Portenga, E., Rood, D, and Corbett, L. B. (2018). Directly dating post-glacial Greenlandic emergence at high resolution using in situ 10Be. Quaternary Research. Published online: 12 April 2018. doi:10.1017/qua.2018.6

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. v. 21, p. 95-106. doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2017.10.002

Reusser, L., Bierman, P. R., 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. Water Resources Research. v. 53, p. 4476-4486. doi:10.1002/2016WR019774

Bierman, P. R., Shakun, J., Rood, D, Corbett, L. B. and Zimmerman, S. (2016) A persistent and dynamic East Greenland Ice Sheet over the past 7.5 million years. Nature. v. 540, p. 256–260. doi:10.1038/nature20147

Sosa-Gonzalez, V., Bierman, P. R., Nichols, K. K. and Rood, D. H. (2016) Long-term erosion rates of Panamanian drainage basins determined using in situ 10Be. Geomorphology. v. 275, p. 1–15. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.04.025

DeJong, B. D., Bierman, P. R., Newell, W. L., Rittenour, T. M., Mahan, S.A., Balco, G. and Rood, D. H. (2015) Pleistocene relative sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region and their implications for the next century. GSA Today. v. 25(8), p. 4-10. doi:10.1130/GSATG223A.1

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

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. 10.1126/science.1249047

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.

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

Paul Bierman

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

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


  • 802-656-4411
Office Location:

Delahanty Hall, Trinity Campus, 180 Colchester Avenue