Craig H. Jones

Department of Geological Sciences
Campus Box 399
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0399
(303)-492-6994 (voice)
(303)-492-2606 (fax)
Ph.D., Geophysics Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "A Geophysical and Geological Investigation of Extensional Structures, Great Basin, Western United States," Peter H. Molnar, advisor.   October 1987
B.S., Geophysics and Planetary Science (with honors) California Institute of Technology.   June 1981
Professional Experience

Professor, Geological Sciences
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
Fellow, CIRES

  July 2015-
August 1998-June 2015
June 1999-
Research Asst. Prof., Geological Sciences   Sept 1996-June 1998
Research Associate, CIRES
  Oct 1993-August 1998
Research Asst. Prof/Res. Assoc.
Center for Neotectonic Studies
Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  Jan 1991-Sept. 1993
Research Fellow
California Institute of Technology
  Nov 1987-Dec. 1991
Teaching Experience
Geology 4714/5714, Field Geophysics   Fall 2015-7, 2008-13, 2005, 2003, 2000, Fall 1998 (as 4740)
Geology 4717/5717, Field Seminar in WUS Tectonics   Spring 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000
Geology 5001 (was 5700), Physics and Chemistry of the Solid Earth (with Lang Farmer)   Spring 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, Fall 2008, 2006, 2004
Geology 5690, Geologic History of the Western US   Fall 2016, 2013, Spring 2010, Fall 2005, 2003, Spring 2002, Fall 1999
Geology 6650, Earthquake seismology (with A. F. Sheehan)   Fall 2017
Geology 5703, Tectonics seminar   Spring 2018, Fall 2015
Geology 1020, Introduction to Earth History   Spring 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, Fall 2006, Spring 2005, 2004, Fall 2002, 2001, 2000, Spring 1999
Geology 5700, Seminar on uplift of Rockies and adjoining areas
(with Bob Anderson)
  Fall 2005
Geology 5750 (Seminar), Geologic History of the Basin and Range   Spring 1998
Geology 1140, Our Dynamic Earth II (non-majors geophysics/geology) (with H. Spetzler)   Spring 1996
Seminar: History and Physics of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau (with A. F. Sheehan)   Spring 1994
Seminar: History and Physics of the Basin and Range (with S. Wesnousky)   Spring 1992
Teaching Assistant, MIT Field Geophysics Camps   1983, 1985, 1987
Field Experience
Passive seismic experiment (Sierra Nevada Earthscope Experiment)   2005-2007
Paleomagnetic sampling, Colorado Plateau and California Coast Ranges   2000, 2002-4, 2007
Teleseismic and deep local converted wave experiment, Marlborough Fault Zone, South Island, New Zealand   2000-2002
Teleseismic converted wave experiment experiment, Coso Geothermal Area   1998-2000
Teleseismic tomography experiment, Sierra Nevada   Summer 1997
Teleseismic experiment, Utah and Nevada   Sept. 1994-June 1995
Teleseismic and refraction experiment, Sierra Nevada   Summer 1993
Paleomagnetic sampling, Lake Mead area   1988-1995
Seismological deployment, Sierra Nevada   summer 1988
Geologic mapping, Alexander Hills, Death Valley area   several months, 1984-1986
Microearthquake deployment, northern Utah   Aug-Oct 1983
MIT Field Geophysics Camps (as TA), southern Nevada and SE California   Jan 1983, 1985, and 1987
Awards, Honors and Fellowships
Exceptional reviewer, Geosphere   2012
Exceptional reviewer, GSA Today   2008

Best Presentation for 2005 (Past Presidents' Award), Colorado Scientific Society          

Geological Society of America Fellow   2002
Geological Society of America Distinguished Service Award   2001
Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Tectonics   1989
Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellow, California Inst. Technology   1987-1989
Amoco Fellowship, Massachusetts Inst. Technology   1986-1987
Chevron Fellowship, California Inst. Technology   1980-1981
Professional Service
Associate editor, Geosphere, December 2004-
GSA Nominations Committee (fill-in) 2013
Panelist, Earthscope NSF panel 2010-2012
Publications committee, Geological Society of America, July 2004-June 2007, July 2014-
Organizing Committee, “Thermal Processes in the Context of EarthScope” workshop, March 2004

Electronic Journal Committee, Geological Society of America, Summer 2003

Associate editor, Tectonics 2000-2003
Technical Program co-chair, 1999 Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America
Annual Program Committee, GSA 1998-2000
Editorial board, Geology magazine, 1990-1992
Reviewed articles for Science, Nature, Geology, Tectonics, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Geophysical Journal International, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Tectonophysics, Geophysical Journal International, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, GSA Today, Geol. Soc. America Special Papers, G-cubed, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Seismotectonics of Nepal Himalaya special volume, and Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry.

M.S. Student
Heidi Reeg, 2008

Ph.D. Students
Charles K. Wilson, 2003
Joya L. Tetreault, 2006
Will Levandowski, 2014
Melissa Bernardino, expected 2018
Kyren Bogolub


Links are to publishers sites, abstracts or additional information, if available.

Peer-reviewed publications. Students italicized

Levandowski, W. B., and C. H. Jones, Linking Sierra Nevada, California uplift to subsidence of the Tulare basin using a seismically derived density model, Tectonics, 34 (11), 2349-2358, doi: 10.1002/2015TC003824, 2015.

Jones, C. H., K. H. Mahan, L. A. Butcher, W. B. Levandowski, and G. L. Farmer, Continental uplift through crustal hydration, Geology, 43 (4), 355-358, doi: 10.1130/G36509.1, 2015.

Molnar, P., P. England, C. H. Jones, Mantle dynamics, isostasy, and the construction and support of high terrain, JGR, 120 (3), 1932-1957, doi: 10.1002/2014JB011724, 2015.

Jones, C. H., Reeg, H., G. Zandt, H. Gilbert, T. J. Owens, J. Stachnik, P-wave tomography of potential convective downwellings and their source regions, Sierra Nevada, California, Geosphere, 10 (3), doi:10.1130/GES00961.1, 2014.

Levandowski, W.B., C.H. Jones, W. Shen, M.H. Ritzwoller and V. Schulte-Pelkum, Origins of topography in the western U.S.: Mapping crustal and upper mantle density variations using a uniform seismic velocity model, doi: 10.1002/2013JB010607, 2014

Unruh, J. R., E. Hauksson, and C. H. Jones, Internal deformation of the Southern Sierra Nevada microplate associated with foundering lower lithosphere, California, Geosphere, 10(1), 107-128, doi:10.1130/GES00936.1, 2014.

Levandowski, W., C. H. Jones, H. Reeg, A. Frassetto, H. Gilbert, G. Zandt, and T. J. Owens, Seismological estimates of means of isostatic support of the Sierra Nevada, Geosphere, 9(6), 1552-1561, doi: 10.1130/GES00905.1, 2013.

Farmer, G.L., A. F. Glazner, W. Kortmeier, M. Cosca, C. H. Jones, J. Rosenberg, R. Schweickert, Mantle lithosphere as source of post-subduction magmatism, northern Sierra Nevada, California, Geosphere, 9 (5), doi: 10.1130/GES00885.1, 2013.

H. Gilbert, Y. Yang, D. W. Forsyth, C.H. Jones, T.J. Owens, G. Zandt, and J.C. Stachnik,  Imaging lithospheric foundering in the structure of the Sierra Nevada, Geosphere, 8(6), 1310-1330, doi: 10.1130/GES00790.1, 2012

Schulte-Pelkum, V, G. P. Biasi, A. F. Sheehan, and C. H. Jones, Differential motion between upper crust and lithospheric mantle in the Central Basin and Range, Nature Geoscience, 9, 619-623, doi: 10.1038/NGEO1229, 2011.

Frassetto, A., G. Zandt, H. Gilbert, T. J. Owens, and C. H. Jones, Structure of the Sierra Nevada from receiver functions and implications for lithospheric foundering, Geosphere, 7(4), 898-921, doi: 10.1130/GES00570.1, 2011.

Yang, Y., M. H. Ritzwoller, and  C. H. Jones, Crustal structure determined from ambient noise tomography near the magmatic centers of the Coso region, southeastern California, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 12 (2), Q02009, DOI:10.1029/2010GC003362, 2011.

Jones, C. H., G. L. Farmer, B. Sageman, and S. Zhong, Hydrodynamic Mechanism for the Laramide Orogeny, Geosphere,7, 183-201, doi: 10.1130/GES00575.1, 2011.

Frassetto, A., G. Zandt, H. Gilbert, T. J. Owens, and C. H. Jones, Improved imaging with phase-weighted common-conversion-point stacks of receiver functions, Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04617.x, 2010.

Mueller, K., G. Kier, T. Rockwell, and C. H. Jones, Quaternary rift-flank uplift of the Peninsular Ranges in Baja and Southern California by removal of mantle lithosphere, Tectonics, doi:10.1029/2007TC002227, 28, TC5003, 2009.

Tetreault, J., C. H. Jones, E. Erslev, M. Hudson, S. Larson, and S. Holdaway, Paleomagnetic and structural evidence for oblique-slip in a fault-related fold, Grayback Monocline, Colorado, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 120 (7/8); p. 877–892; doi: 10.1130/B26178.1, 2008.

Boyd, O. S., M. K. Savage, A. F. Sheehan, C. H. Jones, Illuminating the plate interface structure beneath Cook Strait, New Zealand with receiver functions, J. Geophys. Res. 112 (B6), B06310, doi: 10.1029/2006JB004552, 2007

Gilbert, H., C. Jones, T. J. Owens, and G. Zandt, Imaging Sierra Nevada Lithospheric Sinking, EOS, 88 (21), pp. 225 & 229, May 22, doi: 10.1029/2007eo210001, 2007

Jones, C. H., G. L. Farmer, and J. R. Unruh, Tectonics of Pliocene removal of lithosphere of the Sierra Nevada, California, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 116 (11/12), 1408-1422, 2004.

Wilson, C. K., C. H. Jones, A. F. Sheehan, P. Molnar, O. S. Boyd, Distributed deformation in the lower crust and upper mantle beneath a continental strike-slip fault zone: Marlborough fault system, South Island, New Zealand, Geology, 32, 837-840, doi: 10.1130/g20657.1, 2004.

Zandt. G., H. Gilbert, T. J. Owens, M. Ducea, J. Saleeby, and C. H. Jones, Active foundering of a continental arc root beneath the southern Sierra Nevada, California, Nature, 431, 41-46, doi:10.1038/nature02847, 2004.

Boyd, O., C. H. Jones, A. F. Sheehan, Foundering lithosphere imaged beneath the southern Sierra Nevada, California, USA, Science305, 660-662, 2004.

Molnar, P. H., and C. H. Jones , A test of laboratory based rheological parameters of olivine from an analysis of late Cenozoic convective removal of mantle lithosphere beneath the Sierra Nevada, California, USA, Geophysical Journal International , doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2004.02138, 156, 555-564, 2004. [link is to preprint pdf of manuscript; final print version pdf available on request]

Wilson, C. K., C. H. Jones, and H. J. Gilbert, A single-chamber silicic magma system inferred from shear-wave discontinuities of the crust and uppermost mantle, Coso geothermal area, California, J. Geophysical Research, 108 [B5], 10.1029/2002JB001798, 2003.

Jones, C. H., User-driven Integrated Software Lives: "PaleoMag" Paleomagnetics Analysis on the Macintosh, Computers and Geosciences, 28 (10), 1145-1151, doi: 10.1016/s0098-3004(02)00032-8, 2002.

Wannamaker, P. E. , J. M. Bartley, A. F. Sheehan, C. H. Jones, A. R. Lowry, Trevor A. Dumitru, Todd A. Ehlers, W. S. Holbrook, G. L. Farmer, M. J. Unsworth, D. B. Hall, D. S. Chapman, D. A. Okaya, B. E. John, and J. A. Wolfe, Great Basin-Colorado Plateau transition in central Utah: An interface between active extension and stable interior, in The Geologic Transition, High Plateaus to Great Basin: A symposium and field guide: The Mackin Volume, ed. by M. C. Erskine, J. E. Faulds, J. M. Bartley and P. Rowley, Utah Geol. Assoc. UGA-30/Amer. Assoc. Petr. Geol. Guideb. GB78, Cedar City, Utah, September 20-23, p. 1-38, 2001.

Jones, C. H., L. J. Sonder, and J. R. Unruh, Reply to Comment on "Lithospheric gravitational potential energy and past orogenesis: Implications for conditions of initial Basin and Range and Laramide deformation", Geology, 27, 475-476, 1999.

Sonder, L. J., and C. H. Jones, Western United States extension: How the West was widened, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 27, 417-462, doi: 10.1146/, 1999.

Jones, C. H., L. J. Sonder, and J. R. Unruh, Lithospheric graviational potential energy and past orogenesis: Implications for conditions of initial Basin and Range and Laramide deformation, Geology, 26, 639-642, 1998.

Jones, C.H., and Phinney, R.A., Seismic structure of the lithosphere from teleseismic converted arrivals observed at small arrays in the southern Sierra Nevada and vicinity, California, J. Geophys. Research,103, 10065-10090, 1998.

Unruh, J. R., L. J. Sonder, and C. H. Jones, Relation of gravitationally driven lithospheric extension to low slip-rate faults and regional seismic hazards in the western United States, in Lund, W.R., ed., Proceedings Volume, Basin and Range Province Seismic-Hazards Summit, Western States Seismic Policy Council: Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 98-2, p. 167-179, 1998.

Sheehan, A.F., C. H. Jones, M. K. Savage, S. Ozalaybey, and J. M. Schneider, Contrasting lithospheric structure beneath the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin: Initial results from Colorado Plateau - Great Basin PASSCAL experiment, Geophys. Res. Letts., 24 (21), 2609-2612, doi: 10.1029/97gl02782, 1997.

C. H. Jones, J. R. Unruh, and L. J. Sonder, The role of gravitational potential energy in active deformation in the southwestern United States, Nature, 381 (6577), 37-41, 1996.

Wernicke, B. , R. Clayton, M. Ducea, C. H. Jones, S. Park , S. Ruppert, J. Saleeby, J. K. Snow, L. Squires , M. Fliedner, G. Jiracek, R. Keller, S. Klemperer , J. Luetgert, P. Malin, K. Miller, W. Mooney, H. Oliver , and R. Phinney, Origin of high mountains in the continents: The southern Sierra Nevada, Science, 271, 190-193, 1996.

Sheehan, A.F., G. A. Abers, C. H. Jones, and A. L. Lerner-Lam, Crustal thickness variations across the Colorado Rocky Mountains from teleseismic receiver functions,J. Geophys. Res., 100, p. 20,391-20,404, 1995.

Park, S. K., R. Clayton, M. Ducea, B. Wernicke, C. H. Jones, and S. Ruppert, Project combines seismic and magnetotelluric surveying to address the Sierran root question, EOS, 76 (30), 297-8, doi: 10.1029/95eo00177, July 25, 1995.

Jones, C. H., H. Kanamori, and S. W. Roecker, Missing roots and mantle "drips:" Regional Pn and teleseismic arrival times in the Southern Sierra Nevada and vicinity, California, J. Geophys. Res., 99 (B3), 4567-4601, 1994.

Sonder, L. J., C. H. Jones, S. L. Salyards, and K. M. Murphy, Vertical-axis rotations in the Las Vegas Valley Shear Zone, southern Nevada: Paleomagnetic constraints on kinematics and dynamics of block rotations, Tectonics, 13 (4), 769-788, 1994.

Wesnousky, S. G., and C. H. Jones, Slip partitioning, spatial and temporal changes in the regional stress field, and the relative strength of active faults in the Basin and Range, Geology, 22, 1031-1034, 1994.

Savage, M. K., Li Li, J. P. Eaton, C. H. Jones, and J. N. Brune, Earthquake refraction profiles of the root of the Sierra Nevada, Tectonics, 13 (4), 803-817, 1994.

Jones, C. H., and S. G. Wesnousky, Variations in strength and slip rate along the San Andreas Fault system, Science, 256, 83-86, 1992.

Jones, C. H., B. P. Wernicke, G. L. Farmer, J. D. Walker, D. S. Coleman, L. W. McKenna, and F. V. Perry, Variations across and along a major continental rift: An interdisciplinary study of the Basin and Range Province, western USA, Tectonophysics, 213, 57-96, doi:10.1016/0040-1951(92)90252-2, 1992.

Magistrale, H., H. Kanamori, and C. H. Jones, Forward and inverse three-dimensional P-wave velocity models of the southern California crust, J. Geophys. Res., 97, 14,115-14,135, doi: 10.1029/92jb00494, 1992.

Jones, C. H., Is extension in Death Valley accommodated by thinning of the mantle lithosphere beneath the Sierra Nevada, California?, Tectonics, 6, 449-473, 1987.

MIT 1985 Field Geophysics Course (C. H. Jones, M. R. Nelson, G. Abers, C. Decker, J. Hegley, R. Herrmann, M. Kohn, T. Madden, R. Manikkalingam, J. Matarese, D. Meinholz, P. Molnar, and C. Ruppel) and S. Biehler, A geophysical investigation of the northern Panamint Valley, Inyo County, California: Evidence for possible low-angle normal faulting at shallow depth in the crust, J. Geophys. Res., 92, 10427-10441, 1987.

Nelson, M. R., and C. H. Jones, Paleomagnetism and crustal rotations along a shear zone, Las Vegas Range, southern Nevada, Tectonics, 6, 13-33, 1987.


Jones, C. H., The Mountains that Remade America, University of California Press, 338 pp. + xx, 2017.

Burger, H. R.,  A. F. Sheehan, and C. H. Jones, Introduction to Applied Geophysics,  W. W. Norton, New York,ISBN: 978-0393926378, 2006.(associated software continues to be updated)

Computer Programs

Jones, C. H., R. Ripperdan, and J. Kirschvink, “PaleoMag,” an interactive paleomagnetics analysis code for the Apple Macintosh, 1990-2012 (in use at more than 18 different institutions on four continents),

Book Review

Jones, C.H., Journeys West, book review of "Rough-hewn Land," by Keith Heyer Meldahl, Nature Geoscience, 5 (8), p. 519, doi: 10.1038/ngeo1533, 2012.

Jones, C. H., Review of Exploring the Highest Sierra, by James G. Moore, Geotimes, February, 2001.

Non-peer-reviewed article

Jones, C. H., and J. B. Saleeby, Introduction: Geodynamics and Consequences of Lithospheric Removal in the Sierra Nevada, California. Geosphere, 9(2), 188–190. doi:10.1130/GES00907.1, 2013.

Jones, C. H., H. Gilbert, G. Zandt, and T. Owens, The Sierra Nevada EarthScope Project: A first report from the broadband FlexArray, IRIS Newsletter, pp. 12-14, Nov. 2006.

Jones, C. H., How faults accommodate plate motion [Perspective], Science, 300, 1105-1106, doi:10.1126/science.1084028, 2003.

Wilson, C. K., and C. H. Jones, Using Antelope for PASSCAL field data management, IRIS DMS Electronic Newsletter, 4, no. 2,, 2002.

C. H. Jones (on behalf of the CPGB Field Crew), The 1994-5 Colorado Plateau-Great Basin PASSCAL Experiment, IRIS newsletter, v. XV, no. 1, p. 1-4, 1996.

In review or preparation

Levandowski, W. B., C. H. Jones, L. A. Butcher and K. Mahan, Intraplate epeirogeny in Cenozoic North America: Lithospheric density models reveal evidence for uplift of the Colorado Plateau and Great Plains by lower crustal hydration, submitted to Geosphere 11/17.

Bernardino, M., C. H. Jones, W. Levandowski, Tectonic underpinnings of the Sierra Nevada: Resolving the physical state of the upper mantle using Vp/Vs-anisotropy tomography, to be submitted to Geosphere.

Abstracts (past 5 years)

Bogolub, Kyren, C. H. Jones, S. W. Roecker, Illuminating the Sierra Nevada Pn Shadow Zone with 2.5D Full-waveform Forward Modeling, Am. Geophys. Union Fall Meeting, DI23A-0406, 2017.

Bernardino, M., C. H. Jones, W. Levandowski, Foundering of Heterogeneous Material, Sierra Nevada, California, GSA Abstract with Program, 49 (6), doi: 10.1130/abs/2017AM-307287, 2017.

Bernardino, Melissa, C. H. Jones, and G. Monsalve, Upper mantle anisotropic attenuation of the Sierra Nevada and surroundings, Am. Geophys. Union Fall Meeting, T13C-2724, 2016

Bogolub, Kyren, and C. H. Jones, Decoding cryptic topography in the High Plains of Colorado, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 7, Paper 317-6, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-287837 [DOI not resolving properly, 10/16]

Jones, C.H., W. Levandowski and K. Bogolub, A Plains attack on the Cordillera, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 7, paper 203-7, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-287793, 2016 [DOI not resolving properly, 10/16]

Bernardino, M., C. H. Jones, W. Levandowski, tectonic underpinings of the Sierra Nevada and surroundings: Resolving the physical state of the upper mantle using teleseismic shear waves, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 7, paper 267-9, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-286826, 2016. [DOI not resolving properly, 10/16]

Bernardino, M., C. H. Jones, W. Levandowski, S-wave tomographic model of the Sierra Nevada, California: Constraining thermal and compositional effects through Vp/Vs, anisotropy, and attenuation, AGU Fall meeting, abstract S23C-2712, 2015.

Jones, C. H., W. Levandowski, M. Bernardino, and S. Roecker, Resolving the character of the cryptic crust of the western Sierra Nevada, California. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 7, p.463, 2015.

Jones, C.H., Was there a Laramide "flat slab"?, AGU Fall meeting, abstract T22B-03, 2014

Levandowski, W, C. H. Jones, 3D density model of the western US lithosphere: Insights on chemistry, temperature, topography, and intraplate stress, AGU Fall meeting, abstract T43C-4742, 2014.

Jones, C. H., H. Reeg, G. Zandt, H. Gilbert, T. J. Owens, and J. Stachnik, Slab, drip, or peeling lithosphere: Teleseismic P-wave tomography and the Isabella anomaly of the southwestern Sierra Nevada, California, AGU Fall meeting, abstract S21A-2381, 2013.

Bernardino, M. J., C. H. Jones, Understanding complex teleseismic wave propagation in the Sierra Nevada through vertical-component P-wave receiver functions, AGU Fall Meeting, abstract S31C-2360, 2013

Levandowski, W, C. H. Jones, G. C. Oliver, Constraining age of delamination with thermal models: a multidisciplinary view of the Sierra Nevada, CA
, AGU Fall Meeting, abstract T31D-2550, 2013.

Butcher, L. A., K. H. Mahan, C. H. Jones, G L. Farmer, Colorado Plateau uplift through deep crustal hydration?
 AGU Fall Meeting, abstract T42B-0,3 2013.

Jones, C. H., Volume balancing seismic tomography: Quantitative tests of the origin of the Isabella Anomaly and the Sierra Nevada, GSA Annual Meeting, Paper 316-3, GSA Abstracts with Programs,45 (7), p.727 2013.

Jones, C. H., K. Mahan, L. Butcher, W. Levandowski, and G. L. Farmer, Elevating the West: Is the answer in Plains sites? (invited) , GSA Annual Meeting, Paper 14-1, GSA Abstracts with Programs,45 (7), p.55, 2013.

Butcher, L. A., K. Mahan, C. H. Jones, and G. L. Farmer, Deep crustal hydration of the Colorado Plateau and implications for Laramide uplift, GSA Annual Meeting, Paper No. 14-2, GSA Abstracts with Programs,45 (7), p. 55, 2013.

Jones, C. H., S. Zhong, B. Sageman, and G. L. Farmer, How might the bottom matter? Provocations from an alternative model of the Laramide orogeny (invited), GSA Annual Meeting, Paper No. 293-6, GSA Abstracts with Programs,45 (7), p. 676, 2013.

Levandowski, W., C. H. Jones, L. A. Butcher, and K. Mahan, Uplift of the Colorado Plateau by lithospheric removal and minor crustal hydration: insights from quantitative density models, GSA Annual Meeting, Paper No. 316-8, GSA Abstracts with Programs,45 (7), p. 727, 2013.

Levandowski, W. B.,  C. H. Jones and J. Unruh, Gravitational potential energy and principle strain orientations in Southern California, Seismol. Res. Letts., 84 (2), 378, 2013.

Levandowski, W., C. H. Jones; W. Shen; M. H. Ritzwoller; V. Schulte-Pelkum. Density, buoyancy and gravitational potential energy in the Western U.S. , EOS Trans AGU, 93, Fall Mtg. Suppl., abstract T21E-2627, 2012.

Colloquia/Talks (since 2010)

Sequoia National Park, "Mysterious Origins of the Southern Sierra Nevada," 19 October 2017

UC Davis Werdnesday seminar, "The Significance of the Sierran Orogen", 18 October 2017

UC Press lunchtime talk, "How -- and Why -- Yosemite Changed America," 17 October 2017

Cal State Fresno, Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series, "The continuing mysteries surrounding the elevation of the Sierra Nevada", 12 October 2017

Mono Lake Committee, Lee Vining, Calif., ""Refreshments with Refreshing 'Ologists" series, "Water law plus geology", 11 October 2017

Yosemite National Park, "How -- and Why -- Yosemite Changed America", Yosemite Forum, 10 October 2017

Colorado State University, "Making the Rockies by drowning Colorado", 3 March 2016.

Ball Aerospace, Boulder, "Making the Rockies by drowning Colorado", 11 September 2015.

Luxembourg University, "Studying the Mountains that Remade America: The Origin of the Sierra Nevada of California," 6 June 2015.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, "Making the Rockies by drowning Colorado", 3 February 2015.

Denver Geophysical Society, “Exploring an alternative explanation for the Laramide Orogeny,” 12 July 2012

USGS Lakewood, “Exploring an alternative explanation for the Laramide Orogeny,” 13 December 2011

Univ. Kansas, “Exploring an alternative explanation for the Laramide Orogeny,” 17 November 2011

New Mexico State, “Exploring an alternative explanation for the Laramide Orogeny,” 10 November 2011 (also an informal tomography talk)

(Lecturer, CIDER workshop, Berkeley, Calif., July 2011).

Purdue Univ. (Crough Memorial Lecture), “Exploring an alternative explanation for the Laramide Orogeny,” 28 April 2011.

Colorado State Univ., “Exploring an alternative explanation for the Laramide Orogeny,” 7 February 2011.

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