Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • M.S., Purdue University
  • B.S., University of Rochester

Research Interests

  • Tectonics and sedimentation of forearc, fold-thrust, and strike-slip orogens
  • Physical sedimentology and petrology of clastic deposystems
  • Origin and evolution of sedimentary basins along accretionary convergent plate margins
  • Application of field, sedimentologic, geochronologic, paleontologic, petrologic, geochemical, and paleomagnetic data to the evolution of sedimentary basins and the tectonic development of the North American Cordillera - emphases in Mesozoic-Cenozoic forearc, intra-arc, strike-slip, and retroarc foreland basins in southern Alaska, including twelve field seasons in the Alaska Range, Wrangell-St. Elias Range, and Talkeetna Mountains
  • physical sedimentology and stratigraphy of sedimentary strata in Alaska, Arizona, and Pennsylvania
  • Mars-Earth analog studies of arctic depositional environments

Courses

  • Geology 104 - Evolution of the Earth
  • Geology 107 - Global Change - Past and Present
  • Geology 213 - Paleontology
  • Geology 214 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Foundation Seminar - Sixth Extinction (Environmental Residential College)
  • Travel Field Geology Courses - (Field Geology of Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
  • GEOL 319, 320 - Undergraduate research (formal semester-long research projects)
  • GEOL 329, 430 - Senior thesis research (proposal development and thesis writing)

Selected Publications

([ ] indicates graduation year of Bucknell University student co-author)

REFEREED ABSTRACTS

Idleman, B., Trop, J.M., and Ridgway, K.D., 2011, Geochronological evidence for rapid forearc subsidence and sedimentation during Paleogene spreading ridge subduction along the southern Alaska convergent margin: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, in press.

Donaghy, E. [‘12], Trop, J.M., and Idleman, B., 2011, Detrital geochronology and sedimentology of Paleogene sedimentary and volcanic rocks exposed on the southwestern flank of the Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska: implications for exhumation and basin development within a remnant forearc depocenter: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, in press.

Szwarc, T. [‘11], Trop, J.M., and Idleman, B., 2011, New stratigraphic and detrital geochronologic constraints on deformation, deposition, and dextral displacement along the Castle Mountain fault, south-central Alaska: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, in press.

Kochel, R.K., and Trop, J.M., 2011, Morphology and dynamics of icy debris fans: landform evolution along degrading escarpments undergoing rapid deglaciation in Alaska and New Zealand: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, in press.

NON-REFEREED ABSTRACTS

Trop, J.M., 2003, Mesozoic-Cenozoic basin development and deformation along the outboard margin of the Wrangellia composite terrane: Alaska Geological Society, Monthly Newsletter, v. 33, no. 9, p. 1-2.

REFERRED JOURNAL ARTICLES (published or accepted)

Trop, J.M., Snyder, D., Hart, W.K., and Idleman, B.D., Miocene basin development and volcanism along a strike-slip to flat-slab subduction transition: stratigraphy, geochemistry, and geochronology of the central Wrangell volcanic belt, Yakutat-North America collision zone: Geosphere, v. 8; no. 4; p. 805–834; doi:10.1130/GES00762.1.

Kochel, R.C., and Trop, J.M., 2012, Morphology and dynamics of icy debris fans: landform evolution along degrading escarpments undergoing rapid deglaciation in Alaska and New Zealand: Geomorphology, v. 151-152, p. 59-76.

Ridgway, K.D., Trop, J.M., and Finzel, E.S., 2012, Modification of continental forearc basins by spreading ridge subduction and flat-slab subduction processes: a case study from southern Alaska: submitted to Recent Advances in Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, book volume edited by C. Busby and A. Azor, in press.

Trop, J.M., and Ridgway, K.D., 2007, Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic growth of southern Alaska: a sedimentary basin perspective:in Ridgway, K.D., Trop, J.M., and Glen, J.M.G., eds., Tectonic Growth of a Collisional Continental Margin: Crustal Evolution of Southern Alaska: Geological Society of America Special Paper 431, p. 55-94.

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