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Joel Saylor

Assistant Professor

Department and/or Research Center: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Research Areas:
  • Tectonic Basin Analysis
  • Sediment Provenance
  • Clastic Depositional Environments
  • Geochronology
  • Light Stable Isotope Geochemistry
Funded Research... No information is currently available for this topic.
  • U-Pb ICP-MS
  • (U-TH)/He Mass Spectrometer
  • Transmitted and Reflected Light Petrography
Linking Sediment Dispersal, Stratal Architecture, and Tectonic Subsidence Mechanisms in the Late Cretaceous Cordilleran Foreland Basin
  • Description: This project will evaluate mechanisms for observed changes in basin architecture by integrating sandstone compositional data, detrital thermo- and geochronology, high-resolution sequence stratigraphy, high-resolution isopach maps, geohistory analysis, and forward stratigraphic, flexural, and geodynamic modelling.
  • Work Scope:
  • Status: Ongoing.
Identifying Sediment Sources and Routing of Transcontinental Drainages During Intraplate Deformation
  • Description: We will specifically address whether a transcontinental fluvial system transected the core Ancestral Rocky Mountain (ARM) region prior to ARM deformation by documenting the detrital zircon and monazite record of sediment provenance in pre-orogenic (early Mississippian) strata. We will also evaluate the timing of reintegration of the transcontinental drainage by documenting sediment provenance changes in synorogenic and post-orogenic (Pennsylvanian–Early Triassic) strata.
  • Work Scope:
  • Status: Ongoing.
Collaborations... No information is currently available for this topic.
  • Saylor, J.E., Sundell, K.E., Sharman, G.R., and McLean, N.M., 2019, Characterizing sediment sources by non-negative matrix factorization of detrital geochronological data, Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
  • Sundell, K.E., Saylor, J.E., Lapen, T.J., Styron, R.H., Villarreal, D., Usnayo, P., Cardenas, J., 2018, Peruvian Altiplano stratigraphy highlights along-strike variability in foreland basin evolution of the Cenozoic central Andes, Tectonics.
  • Bartschi, N.C., Saylor, J.E., Lapen, T.J., Blum, M.D., Pettit, B., and Andrea, R.A, 2018, Tectonic controls on Late Cretaceous sediment provenance and stratigraphic architecture in the Book Cliffs, Utah, Geological Society of America Bulletin.
  • Garzione, C. N., McQuarrie, N., Perez, N. D., Ehlers, T. A., Beck, S. L., Kar, N., Eichelberger, N., Chapman, A. D., Ward, K. M., Ducea, M. N., Lease, R. O., Poulsen, C. J., Wagner, L. S., Saylor, J. E., Zandt, G., and Horton, B. K., 2017, Tectonic Evolution of the Central Andean Plateau and Implications for the Growth of Plateaus: Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, v. 45, no. 1, p. 529-559.
  • Saylor, J.E., Jordan, J.C., Sundell, K.E., Wang, X., Wang, S., Deng, T., 2017, Impact of relief development in the Jishi Shan on basin and hydrology evolution, NE Tibetan Plateau, Basin Research.
  • Sundell, K.E., and Saylor, J. E., 2017, Unmixing detrital geochronology age distributions, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 18, doi:10.1002/2016GC006774.
  • Anderson, V.J., Horton, B.K., Saylor, J.E., Mora, A., Teson, E., Breecker, D.O., and Ketcham, R.A., 2016, Andean topographic growth and basement uplift in southern Colombia: Implications for the evolution of the Magdalena, Orinoco, and Amazon River systems, Geosphere.
  • Su, Q., Nie, J., Saylor, J.E., Horton, B.K., Bush, M., Chen, W., 2016, An anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility study of the Cenozoic Dahonggou section in northern Qaidam Basin and its tectonic implications, Quaternary Sciences, v. 36.
  • Saylor, J.E., Casturi, L., Shanahan, T.M., Nie, J. and Saadeh, C.M., 2016, Tectonic forcing of late Miocene–Pleistocene environmental change in the Zhada Basin, SW Tibetan Plateau, Geology, doi: 10.1130/G38173.1.
  • Bershaw, J., Saylor, J.E., Garzione, C.N., Leier, A., and Sundell, K., 2016, Stable isotope variations (δ18O and δD) in modern waters across the Andean Plateau, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.08.011.
  • Bush, M.A., Saylor, J.E., Horton, B.K., and Nie, J., 2016, Cenozoic exhumation along the Qaidam basin margins in the northern Tibetan plateau: Inferences from depositional patterns and detrital provenance, Lithosphere, v. 8, p. 58-82.
  • Saylor, J.E., and Sundell, K.E., 2016, Quantifying comparison of large detrital geochronology data sets, Geosphere, v. 12, no. 1, p. 1–18, doi:10.1130/GES01237.1.
  • Anderson, V.J., Saylor, J.E., Shanahan, T.M., and Horton, B.K., 2015, Paleoelevation records from lipid biomarkers: Application to the tropical Andes, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, no. 11/12, p. 1604-1616, doi: 10.1130/B31105.1.
  • Horton, B.K., Anderson, V.J., Caballero, V., Saylor, J.E., Nie, J., Parra, M., and Mora, A., 2015, Application of detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to surface and subsurface correlations of provenance, paleodrainage, and tectonics in the Middle Magdalena Valley basin of Colombia, Geosphere, v. 11, no. 6, p. 1790–1811, doi:10.1130/GES01251.1.
  • Nie, J., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Stockli, D., Garzanti, E., Limonta, M., Bird, A., Ando, S., Vermeesch, P., Saylor, J., Lu, H., Breecker, D., Hu, X., Liu, S., Resentini, A., Vezzoli, G., Peng, W., Carter, A., Ji, S., and Pan, B., 2015, Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau derived Yellow River sediment, Nature Communications.
  • Reyes-Harker, A., Ruiz-Valdivieso, C.F., Mora, A., Ramírez-Arias, J.C., Rodriguez, G., de la Parra, F., Caballero, V., Parra, M., Moreno, N., Horton, B.K., Saylor, J.E., Silva, A., Valencia, V., Stockli, D., Blanco, V., 2015, Cenozoic paleogeography of the Andean foreland and retroarc hinterland of Colombia. AAPG Bulletin, v. 99, p. 1407-1453.
  • Horton, B.K., Perez, N.D., Fitch, J.D., and Saylor, J.E., 2015, Punctuated shortening and subsidence in the Altiplano Plateau of southern Peru: Implications for early Andean mountain building, Lithosphere, doi:10.1130/L397.1.
  • Huntington, K.W., Saylor, J.E., Quade, J., and Hudson, A.M., 2015, High late Miocene–Pliocene elevation of the Zhada Basin, southwestern Tibetan Plateau, from carbonate clumped isotope thermometry, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, p. 200-210 doi:10.1130/B31000.1.
  • Anderson, V.J., Shanahan, T.M., Saylor, J.E., Horton, B.K., and Mora, A., 2014, Sources of local and regional variability in the MBT′/CBT paleotemperature proxy: Insights from a modern elevation transect across the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia, Organic Geochemistry, v. 69, p. 42-51.
  • Saylor, J.E. and Horton, B.K., 2014, Nonuniform uplift of the Central Andean Plateau revealed by deuterium isotopes in Miocene volcanic glass from southern Peru, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 387, p. 120-131.
  • Wang, X., Li, Q., Xie, G., Saylor, J.E., Tseng, Z.J., Takeuchi, G.T., Deng, T., Wang, Y., Hou, S., Liu, J., Zhang, C., Wang, N., and Wu, F., 2013, Mio-Pleistocene Zanda biostratigraphy and geochronology, pre-Ice Age fauna, and mammalian evolution in western Himalaya, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 374, p. 81-95.
  • Saylor, J.E., Knowles, J.N., Horton, B.K., Nie, J., Mora, A., 2013, Mixing of source populations recorded in detrital zircon U-Pb age spectra from modern river sands, The Journal of Geology, v. 121, p. 17-33.
  • Saylor, J.E., Horton, B.K., Stockli, D.F., Corredor, J., and Mora, A., 2012, Structural and thermochronological evidence for Paleogene basement-involved shortening in the axial Eastern Cordillera, Colombia, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, v. 39, p. 202-215.
  • Saylor, J.E., Stockli, D.F., Horton, B.K., Nie, J.S., and Mora, A., 2012, Discriminating rapid exhumation from syndepositional volcanism using detrital zircon double dating: Implications for the tectonic history of the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 124, p. 762-779.
  • Nie, J., Horton, B.K., Saylor, J.E., Mora, A., Mange, M., Garzione, C.N., Basu, A., Moreno, C.J., Caballero, V., and Parra, M., 2012, Intergrated provenance analysis of a convergent retroarc foreland system: U-Pb ages, heavy minerals, Nd isotopes, and sandstone compositions of the Middle Magdalena Valley basin, northern Andes, Colombia, Earth Science Reviews. v. 110, p. 111-126.
  • Deng, T., Wang, X., Fortelius, M., Qiang, L., Wang, Y., Tseng, Z.J., Takeuchi, G.T., Saylor, J.E., Säila, L.K., Xie, G., 2011, Out of Tibet: Pliocene woolly rhino suggests high-plateau origin of Ice Age megaherbivores, Science, v. 333, p. 1285-1288.
  • Saylor, J.E., Horton, B.K., Nie, J.S., Corredor, J., and Mora, A., 2011, Evaluating foreland-basin partitioning in the northern Andes using Cenozoic fill of the Floresta basin, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia, Basin Research, v.23, p. 377-402.
  • Horton, B.K., Saylor, J.E., Nie, J.S., Mora, A., Parra, M., Reyes-Harker, A., Stockli, D.F., 2010, Linking sedimentation in the northern Andes to basement configuration, Mesozoic extension, and Cenozoic shortening: Evidence from detrital zircon U-Pb ages, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1423-1442.
  • Horton, B.K., Parra, M., Saylor, J.E., Nie, J.S., Mora, A., Torres, V., Stockli, D.F., Strecker, M.R., 2010, Resolving uplift of the northern Andes using detrital zircon age signatures, GSA Today, v. 20, p. 4-9.
  • Nie, J.S., Horton, B.K., Mora, A., Saylor, J.E., Housh, T.B., Rubiano, J., and Naranjo, J., 2010, Tracking exhumation of Andean ranges bounding the Middle Magdalena Valley basin, Colombia, Geology, v. 38, p. 451-454.
  • Saylor, J.E., DeCelles, P.G., Gehrels, G., Murphy, M., Zhang, R., and Kapp, P, 2010, Basin formation in the High Himalaya by arc-parallel extension and tectonic damming: Zhada basin, southwestern Tibet, Tectonics, v. 29, TC1004, 24 pp.
  • Saylor, J.E., DeCelles, P.G., and Quade, J., 2010, Climate-driven environmental change in the Zhada basin, southwestern Tibetan plateau, Geosphere, v. 6, p 74-92.
  • Saylor, J.E., Mora, A., Horton, B.K., and Nie, J., 2009, Controls on the isotopic composition of surface water and precipitation in the northern Andes, Colombian Eastern Cordillera, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 73, p 6999-7018.
  • Murphy, M.A., Saylor, J.E., and Ding, L. 2009, Late Miocene topographic inversion in southwest Tibet based on integrated paleoelevation reconstructions and structural history, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 282, p. 1-9.
  • Saylor, J.E., Quade, J., Dettman, D.L., DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P.A., and Ding, L., 2009, The late Miocene through present paleoelevation history of southwestern Tibet, American Journal of Science, v. 309, p. 1-42.