Arjun Heimsath

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Professor
Faculty
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Mailcode
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Biography

Arjun Heimsath grew up partly in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya and partly in the Hill Country of Texas, both of which led to his current passion for understanding how the earth’s surface works. His work as a Peace Corps water development engineer on the coast of Kenya led to his focus on environmental science, which he pursued in the Nepal Himalaya to quantify differences between human and natural processes of erosion. While struggling to understand all that controls erosion, Professor Heimsath “discovered” the field of geomorphology and focused his research efforts on the thin skin of the earth’s surface that is referred to as Earth’s critical zone. This zone is directly relevant to supporting human life and his main interests are in soil and water sustainability. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Geology, University of California-Berkeley 1999
  • M.S. Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 1993 
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (honors), Yale College 1989 

Research Interests

Geomorphology; Tectonic geomorphology; Carbon sequestration and the carbon budget; Exposure-age dating; Glacial geomorphology; Optically stimulated luminescence and short lived isotopes; Human impacts on the landscape.

Publications

NOTE that these stopped auto-populating in 2010. See my CV or the publications tab in: http://www.public.asu.edu/~aheimsat/ 

PDFs of papers are available through my web site, linked above. 

  • Brantley S.L. et al. Twelve testable hypotheses on the geobiology of weathering. Geobiology (2010).
  • DiBiase, R.A., Whipple, K.X., Heimsath, A.M., and Ouimet, W.B. Landscape form and millennial erosion rates in the San Gabriel Mountains, CA. Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M., Chappell, J., and Fifield, K. Eroding Australia: Rates and processes from Bega Valley to Arnhem Land. Geological Society of London (2010).
  • Adams, B.A.*, Whipple, K.X., Heimsath, A.M., Wan Soest, M.C., and Hodges, K.V.,. The Enigmatic Transient Landscapes of Bhutan. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2010).
  • DiBiase, RA*, Whipple, K.X., and Heimsath, A.M. Using topography to decipher the uplift history of the western San Gabriel Mountains, CA. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2010).
  • Dixon, JL*, Hartshorn, A.S.*, Heimsath, A.M., DiBiase, R.A.*, and Whipple, K.X. Chemical Weathering in the San Gabriel Mountains of California: The influence of erosion rates, soil depth, and transport processes on soil chemical losses (Invited). EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M., Jungers, M.C.*, Amundson, R., Balco, G., and Shuster, D.L. Eroding and Inflating the Atacama Desert, Chile: Insights Through Cosmogenic 10-Be, 26-Al and 21-Ne. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2010 meeting (2010).
  • Jungers, MC*, Amundson, R., Heimsath, A.M., Christensen, P.R., and Edwards, C.S. Ancient and Modern Salars of the Atacama Desert, Chile: A Terrestrial Analog for Evaporite Formation on Mars. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2010).
  • Rossi, M.W.*, Whipple, K.X., DiBiase, R.A.* and Heimsath, A.M. Climate and the erosional efficiency of fluvial systems. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2010).
  • Burke, B* A.M. Heimsath, J. Chappell, and K. Yoo*. Weathering the escarpment: Chemical and physical rates and processes, southeastern Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).
  • Cook, K.L.*, Whipple, K.X., Heimsath, A.M., and Hanks, T. Rapid incision of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon – insights from channel profiles, local incision rates, and modeling of lithologic controls. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).
  • Dixon, J.L.*, Heimsath, A.M., and Amundson, R. The critical role of climate and saprolite weathering in landscape evolution. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).
  • Dixon, J.L.*, Heimsath, A.M., Kaste, J.M.*, and Amundson, R. Climate driven processes of hillslope weathering. Geology (2009).
  • Furbish, D.J., Haff, P.K., Dietrich, W.E., and Heimsath, A.M. Statistical description of slope-dependent soil transport and the diffusion-like coefficient. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface (2009).
  • Heimsath, A.M., Hancock, G.R., and Fink, D. The ‘humped’ soil production function: Eroding Arnhem Land, Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).
  • O’Farrell, C.R.*, A.M. Heimsath, D.E. Lawson, L.M. Jorgensen*, E.B. Evenson, G. Larson, and J. Denner. Quantifying periglacial erosion: insights on a glacial sediment budget, Matanuska Glacier, Alaska. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2009).
  • Amundson, R., Heimsath A.M., Jungers, M., Chong, G., and Demergasso, C. The Salar Llamara, Chile: A Possible Analogue for Etched Terrain on Mars. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).
  • Chadwick, O., Levick, S.R., Khomo, L.*, Hartshorn, A.S.*, Heimsath, A.M., and Bern, C. Soil collapse and dilation as modifier of hillslope morphology (Invited). EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).
  • DiBiase, R.A.*, Whipple, K.X., and Heimsath, A.M. Channel incision and the role of sediment supply in the San Gabriel Mountains, California. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).
  • Heimsath, A.M., DiBiase, R.A.*, Whipple, K.X., and Walsh, J.*. Sediment supply differences between soil and bedrock dominated landscapes, San Gabriel Mountains, CA. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2009 meeting (2009).
  • Heimsath, A.M. and McGlynn, R.S.*. Quantifying headwall retreat rates in the Nepal High Himalaya. Geomorphology (2008).
  • DiBiase, RA, Heimsath, AM, and Whipple, KX. Hillslope Angle, Channel Steepness and Millennial Erosion Rates in the San Gabriel Mountains, CA. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2008 meeting (2008).
  • Dixon, JL, Heimsath, AM, and Amundson, R. Delving Deeper: How Saprolite And Chemical Weathering Influence The Expression Of Climate On Surface Shaping Processes. EOS Supplement, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Fall 2008 meeting (2008).
  • Dixon, JL, Heimsath, AM, and Amundson, R. Saprolite and the evolution of upland landscapes - Links between erosion and weathering in Sierra Nevada, CA. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).
  • Hartshorn AS, Heimsath AM, Chadwick OA. Maximum granite catena differentiation. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).
  • Heimsath AM, Chappell J, Hancock GR, et al. Eroding Australia: Slowly. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA (2008).
  • Heimsath, AM. Erosion rates and processes across two trans Himalayan transects in central Nepal. Himalayan Geology (2008).

Research Activity

  • Barton,C Michael*, Heimsath,Arjun, Sarjoughian,Hessam Seyed, Vivoni,Enrique, Vivoni,Enrique. CNH: The Emergence of coupled Natural and Human Landscapes in the Western Mediterranean. NSF-BIO-DEB(9/1/2013 - 8/31/2018).
  • Heimsath,Arjun*. Dating Basin Deposits: Extending the Reach of Cosmogenic Nuclide Dating Into the Miocene. ACS-PETROLEUM RESEARCH FUND(1/1/2012 - 8/31/2014).
  • Heimsath,Arjun*. Landscape Sensitivity to Changing Climate: Plio-Pleistocene Erosion and Sedimentation in SE Arizona. NSF-GEO-EAR(10/1/2011 - 9/30/2014).
  • Whipple,Kelin X*, Heimsath,Arjun. Post-6 Ma Tectonic Evolution of the Bhutan Himalaya. NSF-GEO-EAR(3/1/2011 - 2/28/2014).
  • Heimsath,Arjun*. Career: Quantifying Erosional Processes on Upland Landscapes. NSF-GEO-EAR(4/5/2008 - 1/31/2009).
  • Heimsath,Arjun*. CR: Tectronics and Topography in the Transverse Ranges: Landscape Response to Rock Uplift Rate across the Transition from Soil-Mantle to Rocky Slope. NSF-GEO-EAR(8/31/2007 - 8/31/2010).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 191 First-Year Seminar
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
SOS 374 Earth's Critical Zone
SES 494 Special Topics
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 592 Research
SES 599 Thesis
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
GLG 452 Field Geology II
GLG 494 Special Topics
SES 592 Research
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GLG 464 Solving Environmental Problems
SES 494 Special Topics
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 592 Research
SES 598 Special Topics
SES 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 191 First-Year Seminar
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
SOS 374 Earth's Critical Zone
SES 494 Special Topics
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 592 Research
SES 599 Thesis
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
GLG 452 Field Geology II
SES 592 Research
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SOS 394 Special Topics
SES 394 Special Topics
GLG 493 Honors Thesis
GLG 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
SES 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
SES 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
SES 191 First-Year Seminar
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
SOS 374 Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 492 Honors Directed Study
SES 494 Special Topics
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 452 Field Geology II
GLG 592 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 499 Individualized Instruction
GLG 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
SES 191 First-Year Seminar
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 484 Internship
GLG 499 Individualized Instruction
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 452 Field Geology II
GLG 592 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
SES 191 First-Year Seminar
GLG 484 Internship
GLG 591 Seminar
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 327 Earth's Critical Zone
SOS 374 Earth's Critical Zone
GLG 591 Seminar

Presentations

  • Dosseto, A Heimsath, A.M. Rhodes, E.J. Quantifying Present and Ancient Rates of Earth Surface Processes. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting (Dec 2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M. Eroding the Earth: Limits to Soil. Colloquium (Nov 2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M. Eroding the Earth: Quantifying Rates & Processes. Colloquium (Apr 2010).
  • Heimsath, A.M. The Earth is Eroding: Quantifying Surface Processes. Colloquium (Mar 2010).
  • Heimsath, AM. Erosional/Weathering Controls on Soil to Bedrock Landscapes. Critical Zone Science Planning Workshop (Oct 2009).
  • Heimsath, AM. Optically Stimulated Luminscence and short-lived isotopes to quantify hillslope sediment transport. The 6th North World Luminescence Dating and Dosimetry Workshop, Seattle, WA 2009 (Oct 2009).
  • Heimsath, AM, Korup, O, and Roering, JJ. Quantifying Hilslope Processes and Rates of Landscape Evolution. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting (Dec 2008).
  • Heimsath, AM. Quantifying Erosion Rates and Processes Across Upland Landscapes. Symposium (Nov 2008).
  • Heimsath AM. Rock, Water, SciSoils: Roshamboing the Earth's Surface. Symposium (Feb 2008).

Service

  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Associate Editor (2008 - 2011)
  • National Academy of Sciences/Kavli Frontier of Sciences - US-Indonesia Frontiers of Science, Founding Organizing Committee (2010 - 2011)
  • Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Chair (2009 - 2011)
  • Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Member (2009 - 2011)
  • Climate Science Search Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Bylaws Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • NSF-funded community Geomorphology Text Book, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • NSF-IGERT Proposal Panel Review, Panel member (2009 - 2009)
  • American Geophysical Union/Sediment and Landscape Dynamics Technical Subcommittee, Member (2008 - 2008)
  • SESE-SHESC Consortium for Human Geochronology, Member (2008 - 2008)