Kelin Whipple

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Biography

Kelin Whipple is a geomorphologist interested in the interactions among climate, topography, and tectonics. His work focuses on developing the capacity to interpret the history of tectonic activity and climate change that is recorded in landforms and associated sedimentary records. Active projects and interests span a range from small-scale modeling and investigation of the physics of bedrock channel erosion, to reach-scale modeling of the dynamics of bedrock channel evolution, to neotectonic studies of active deformation using geomorphic tools, and to quantitative investigation of linkages between tectonics, climate, and surface processes at mountain range scale. These work efforts integrate field, experimental, remote sensing, and numerical approaches.

Education

  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Washington 1994
  • M.S. Geological Sciences, University of Washington 1989
  • A.B. Geology, University of California, Berkeley 1985

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Research Interests

Whipple is a geomorphologist interested in the interactions among climate, topography, and tectonics. His work focuses on developing the capacity to interpret the history of tectonic activity and climate change that is recorded in landforms and associated sedimentary records. Active projects and interests span a range from small-scale modeling and investigation of the physics of bedrock channel erosion, to reach-scale modeling of the dynamics of bedrock channel evolution, to neotectonic studies of active deformation using geomorphic tools, and to quantitative investigation of linkages between tectonics, climate, and surface processes at mountain range scale.  These work efforts integrate field, experimental, remote sensing, and numerical approaches.

Publications

Whipple, K.X., R.A. DiBiase, W.B. Ouimet, A.M. Forte, 2017, REPLY: Preservation or Piracy: Diagnosing low-relief, high-elevation surface formation mechanisms, Geology, v. 45, doi:10.1130/G39252Y.1.

Whipple, K.X., A.M. Forte, R.A. DiBiase, N.M. Gasparini, W.B. Ouimet, 2017, Timescales of landscape response to divide migration and drainage capture: Implications for the role of divide mobility in landscape evolution, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, doi: 10.1002/2016JF003973.

Whipple, K.X., R.A. DiBiase, W.B. Ouimet, A.M. Forte, 2017, Preservation or Piracy: Diagnosing low-relief, high-elevation surface formation mechanisms, Geology, v. 45, p. 91-94, doi:10.1130/G38490.1.

Rossi, M.W., M.C. Quigley, J. Fletcher, K.X. Whipple,  J. Jesús Díaz-Torres, C. Seiler, L.K. Fifield, A.M. Heimsath, 2017, Along-strike variations in catchment morphology and cosmogenic 10Be denudation rates reveal the pattern and  history of footwall uplift, Main Gulf Escarpment, Baja California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B31373.1.

Whipple, K.X., M. Shirzaei, K.V. Hodges, J.R. Arrowsmith, 2016, Active shortening within the Himalayan orogenic wedge implied by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/NGEO2797.

Marliyani, G.I., J.R. Arrowsmith, K.X. Whipple, Characterization of slow slip rate faults in humid areas: Cimandiri fault zone, Indonesia, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, v. 121 (12), p. 2287-2308, doi: 10.1002/2016JF003846.

Forte, A.M., K.X. Whipple, B. Bookhagen, M.W. Rossi, 2016, Decoupling of modern shortening rate, climate, and topography in the Caucasus, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 449, p. 282-294, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.06.013.

Forte, A.M., Yanites, B., and Whipple, K.X., 2016, Complexities of landscape evolution during incision through layered stratigraphy with contrasts in rock strength, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 41, p. 1736-1757, doi: 10.1002/esp.3947.

Adams, B.A., Whipple, K., Hodges, K., Heimsath, A., 2016, In-situ development of  high-elevation, low-relief landscapes via duplex deformation in the eastern Himalayan hinterland, Bhutan, JGR-Earth Surface, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003508.

Shilpakar, P., Oldow, J.S., Walker, D.J., Whipple, K.X., 2016, Assessment of the uncertainty budget and image resolution of terrestrial laser scans of geomorphic surfaces, Geosphere, v. 12 (1), p. 281-304, doi: 10.1130/GES01113.1.

Rossi, M.W., Whipple, K.X., and Vivoni, E.R., 2015, Precipitation and evapotranspiration controls on event-scale runoff variability in the contiguous United States and Puerto Rico,  JGR – Earth Surface, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003446.

Forte, A.M., Whipple, K.X., Cowgill, E., 2015, Drainage network reveals patterns and history of active deformation in the eastern  Greater Caucasus, Geosphere, v. 11, p. 1343-1364.

Adams, B.A., Hodges, K., Whipple, K., Ehlers, T., van Soest, M., and Wartho, J., 2015, Constraints on the tectonic and landscape evolution of the Bhutan Himalaya from thermochronometry, Tectonics, 34, doi: 10.1002/2015TC003853.

McDermott, J., Hodges, K.V., Whipple, K., van Soest, M., and Hurtado, J.M., 2015, Evidence for Pleistocene low-angle normal faulting in the Annapurna-Dhaulagiri Region, Nepal, Journal of Geology, 123, p. 133-151, doi: 10.1086/681219.

Darling, A.D., Whipple, K.X., 2015, Geomorphic constraints on the age of Western Grand Canyon, Geosphere, v. 11, no. 4, doi: 10.1130/GES01131.1.

Whipple, K.X., 2014, Can erosion drive tectonics?, Science, v. 346, p. 918-919, doi: 10.1126/science.aaa0887.

Forte, A., Cowgill, E., Whipple, K.X., 2014, Transition from a singly vergent to doubly vergent wedge in a young orogeny:The Greater Caucasus, Tectonics, doi: 10.1002/2014TC003651.

DiBiase, R.A., Whipple, K.X., Lamb, M.P., Heimsath, A.M., 2014, The role of waterfalls and knickzones in controlling the style and pace of landscape adjustment in the western San Gabriel Mountains, CA, Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31113.1.

Delong, S.B., Johnson, J.P., and Whipple, K.X., 2014, Arroyo channel head evolution in a flash-flood-dominated discontinuous ephemeral stream system, Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31064.1.

Yagupsky, D. L., Brooks, B. A., Whipple, K. X., Duncan, C. C., and Bevis, M., 2014, Distribution of active faulting along orogenic wedges: Minimum-work models and natural analogue, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 66, p. 237-244. 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.05.025

Whipple, K. and Gasparini, N., 2014, Tectonic Control of Topography, Rainfall Patterns, and Erosion During Rapid Post-12 Ma Uplift of the Bolivian Andes, Lithosphere, v.6, no.4, doi:10.1130/L325.1.

Gasparini, N., and Whipple, K., 2014, Diagnosing Climatic and Tectonic Controls on Topography: Eastern Flank of the Northern Bolivian Andes,  Lithosphere, v.6, no.4, doi:10.1130/L322.1. 

Foley, D.J., Stump, E., van Soest, M.C., Whipple, K.X., and Hodges, K.V., 2013, Differential movement across Byrd Glacier, Antarctica, as indicated by Apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology and geomorphological analysis, In: Hambrey, M. J., Barker, P. F., Barrett, P. J., Bowman, V., Davies, B., Smellie, J. L. & Tranter, M., eds, Antarctic Palaeoenvironments and Earth-Surface Processes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 381, doi: 10.1144/SP381.25.

Chatanantavet,  P., Whipple, K.X., Adams,  M.A., and Lamb, M.P., 2013, Experimental study on coarse-grain saltation dynamics in bedrock channels, revision submitted to J. of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, vol. 118, p. 1161-1176.

McDermott, J.A., Whipple, K.X., Hodges, K.V., and van Soest, M.C., 2013, Evidence for Plio-Pleistocene North-South Extension at the Southern Margin of the Tibetan Plateau, Nyalam Region, Tectonics, v. 32, p. 317-333.

Adams, B.A., Hodges, K.V., van Soest, M.C., and Whipple, K.X., 2013, Evidence for Pliocene Quaternary Normal Faulting in the Hinterland of the Bhutan Himalaya. Lithosphere, v. 5, p. 438-449.

Whipple, K., DiBiase, R., and Crosby, B., 2013, Bedrock Rivers, in Shroder, J.F., ed., Treatise on Geomorphology, v. 9, p. 550-573, San Diego: Academic Press.

Kirby, E. and Whipple, K., 2012, Expression of active tectonics in erosional landscapes, Journal of Structural Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2012.07.009.

Heimsath, A., DiBiase,R., and Whipple, K., 2012, Soil production limits and the transition to bedrock dominated landscapes, Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/ngeo1380.

DiBiase, R., Heimsath, A., and Whipple, K., 2012, Hillslope response to tectonic forcing in threshold landscapes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.3205.

Dixon, J.L., 2Hartshorn, A.S., Heimsath, A.M., DiBiase, R.A., Whipple, K.X., 2012, Chemical weathering response to tectonic forcing: A soils perspective from the San Gabriel Mountains, California, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 323, p. 40-49.

DiBiase, R. and Whipple, K., 2011, The influence of erosion thresholds and runoff variability on the relationships among topography, climate, and erosion rate, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 116, F04036, doi:10.1029/2011JF002095.

Brooks, B., Bevis, M., Whipple, K., Arrowsmith, J.R., Foster, J., Zapata, T., Kendrick, E., Minaya, E., Echalar, A., Blanco, M., Euillades, P., Sandoval, M., and Smalley, R., 2011, Orogenic-wedge deformation and potential for great earthquakes in the central Andean backarc, Nature Geoscience, v. 4, doi: 10.1038/NGEO1143.

Haviv, I., Enzel, Y., Whipple, K., Zilberman, E., Stone, J., Matmon, A., Fifeld, K., 2010, Erosion of vertical knickpoints (waterfalls) with resistant caprock: insights from numerical modeling,  Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 115, F03028, doi:10.1029/2008JF001187.

Johnson, J., and Whipple, K., 2010, Evaluating the controls of shear stress, sediment supply, alluvial cover and channel morphology on experimental bedrock incision rate, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 115, F02018, doi:10.1029/2009JF001335.

Johnson, J., Whipple, K., and Sklar, L., 2010, Contrasting bedrock incision rates from snowmelt and flash floods in the Henry Mountains, Utah, Geological Society of America, Bulletin, 122, 1600-1615.

Ouimet, W., Whipple, K., Royden, L., Reiners, P., Hodges, K., and Pringle, M., 2010, Regional Incision of the Eastern Margin of the Tibetan Plateau, Lithosphere, v. 2, no. 1, p. 50-63, doi:10.1130/L57.1

DiBiase, R., Whipple, K., Heimsath, A., Ouimet, W., 2010, Landscape form and millennial erosion rates in the San Gabriel Mountains, CA, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 289, p. 134-144.
Whipple, K., 2009, Landscape texture set to scale – News and Views, Nature, v. 460, 23 July, p. 468-469.

Schildgen, T., Hodges, K., Whipple, K., Pringle, M., van Soest, M., Cornell, K., 2009, Late Cenozoic structural and tectonic development of the western margin of the Central Andean Plateau in southwest Peru, Tectonics, v. 28, TC4007, doi:10.1029/2008TC002403.

Schildgen, T. F., T. A. Ehlers, D. M. Whipp, Jr., M. C. van Soest, K. X. Whipple, and K. V. Hodges (2009), Quantifying canyon incision and Andean Plateau surface uplift, southwest Peru: A thermochronometer and numerical modeling approach, J. Geophys. Res., 114, F04014, doi:10.1029/2009JF001305

Johnson, J.P., Whipple, K., Sklar, L., Hanks, T., 2009, Transport slopes, sediment cover, and bedrock channel incision in the Henry Mountains, Utah, USA, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 114, F02014. doi: 10.1029/2007JF000862.

Ouimet, W., Whipple, K., Granger, D., 2009, Beyond threshold hillslopes: Channel adjustment to baselevel fall in tectonically active mountain ranges, Geology, v. 37, p. 579-582.

Cook, K., Whipple, K., Heimsath, A., Hanks, T., 2009, 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, doi: 10.1002/esp.1790, v. 34, p. 994-1010.

Whipple, K., 2009, The influence of climate on the tectonic evolution of mountain belts, Nature Geoscience, v. 2, p. 97-104, doi 10.1038/ngeo413.

Kirby, E., Whipple, K., Harkins, N., 2008, Topography reveals seismic hazard, Nature Geoscience, v. 1, p. 485-487, doi 10.1038/ngeo265.

Roe, G., Whipple, K., Fletcher, J., 2008, Feedbacks among climate, erosion, and tectonics in a critical wedge orogen, American Journal of Science, v. 308, p. 815-842, doi 10.2475/07.2008.01.

Wobus, C., Pringle, M., Whipple, K., Hodges, K., 2008, A Late Miocene acceleration of exhumation in the Himalayan crystalline core, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 269, p. 1-10, doi 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.02.019.
1Ouimet, W., Whipple, K., 1Crosby, B., 1Johnson, J., 1Schildgen, T., 2008, Epigenetic gorges in fluvial landscapes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi 10.1002/esp.1650.

1Brocklehurst, S. H., and K. X. Whipple (2007), Response of glacial landscapes to spatial variations in rock uplift rate, J. Geophys. Res., 112, F02035, doi:10.1029/2006JF000667.

Brocklehurst, S., Whipple, K., and 1Foster, D.,2007, Ice thickness and topographic relief in glaciated landscapes of the western USA, in Stroeven, A., and Swift, D., eds., Glacial landscape evolution: Implications for glacial processes, patterns and reconstructions: Geomorphology, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2007.02.037.

1Crosby, B., Whipple, K., 2Gasparini, N., 1Wobus, C., 2007, Formation of fluvial hanging valleys: Theory and simulation: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 112, F03S10, doi: 10.1029/2006JF000566.

1Ouimet, W., Whipple, K., Royden, L., Zhiming, S., and Chen, Z., 2007, The influence of large landslides on river incision in a transient landscape: Eastern margin of the Tibetan plateau (Sichuan, China): Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 119, no. 11/12, p. 1462–1476, doi: 10.1130/B26136.1.

1Johnson, J., and Whipple, K.X., 2007, Feedbacks between erosion and sediment transport in experimental bedrock channels: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.1471.

1Schildgen, T., Hodges, K., Whipple, K., Reiners, P., 2007, Uplift of the western margin of the Andean plateau revealed from canyon incision history, Southern Peru, Geology, v. 35, no.6, pg. 523-526.

2Gasparini, N., Whipple, K., Bras, R., 2007, Predictions of steady-state and transient landscape morphology using sediment-flux-dependent river incision models: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 112, F03S09, doi: 10.1029/2006JF000567.

1Haviv, I., Enzel, Y., Whipple, K., Zilberman, E., Stone, J., Matmon, A., Fifield, L., 2006, Amplified erosion above waterfalls and oversteepened bedrock reaches, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, F04004, doi:10.1029/2006JF000461.

1Lamb, M. P., Howard, A. D., 1 Johnson, J., Whipple, K. X., Dietrich, W. E., 1Perron, J. T., 2006, Can springs cut canyons into rock?, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, E07002, doi:10.1029/2005JE002663.

1Wobus, C.W., Whipple, K.W., and Hodges, K.V., 2006, Neotectonics of the central Nepalese Himalaya: Constraints from geomorphology, detrital 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology and thermal modeling: Tectonics, 25, TC4001, doi:10.1029/2005TC001935.

1Wobus, C.W., 1Crosby, B.T., and Whipple, K.W., 2006, Hanging valleys in fluvial systems: Controls on occurrence and implications for landscape evolution: Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, F02017, doi:10.1029/2005JF000406.

Whipple, K.X., Meade, B.J., 2006, Orogen response to changes in climatic and tectonic forcing, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 243, p 218-228.

1Brocklehurst, S., Whipple, K. 2006, Assessing the relative efficiency of fluvial and glacial erosion through simulation of fluvial landscapes, Geomorphology.

1Crosby, B. T., Whipple, K. X., 2006, Knickpoint initiation and distribution within fluvial networks: 236 waterfalls in the Waipaoa River, North Island, New Zealand, Geomorphology, 82, p. 16-38, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2005.1008.1023.

1Clark, M. K., Royden, L. H., Whipple, K. X., Burchfiel, B. C., Zhang, X., and Tang, W., 2006, Use of a regional, relict landscape to measure vertical deformation of the eastern Tibetan Plateau: Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, F03002, doi:10.1029/2005JF000294.

1Clark, M. K., House, M.A., Royden, L. H., Whipple, K. X., Burchfiel, B. C., Zhang, X., and Tang, W., 2005, Late Cenozoic uplift of southeastern Tibet: Geology, v. 33, 6, 525-528.

1Wobus, C.W., Whipple, K.W., Kirby, E., Snyder, N.P., 1Johnson, J., 1Spyropolou, K., 1Crosby, B.T., and Sheehan, D., 2006, Tectonics from topography: Proceedures, promise, and pitfalls, in Willett, S.D., Hovius, N., Brandon, M.T., and Fisher, D., eds., Tectonics, Climate, and Landscape Evolution: Geological Society of America Special Paper 398: Penrose Conference Series: Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, p. 55-74.

1Gasparini, N. M., Bras, R.L., Whipple, K. X., 2006, Numerical modeling of non-steady-state river profile evolution using a sediment-flux-dependent incision model, in Willett, S. D., Hovius, N., Brandon, M. T., Fisher, D., eds., Tectonics, Climate, and Landscape Evolution: Geological Society of America Special Paper 398, Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America, 127-141

Safran, E. B., Bierman, P.R., Aalto, R., Dunne, T., Whipple, K., Caffee, M., 2005, Erosion rates driven by channel network incision in the Bolivian Andes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 30, 1007-1024

1Wobus, C.W., Heimsath, A.M., Whipple, K.X., and Hodges, K.V., 2005, Active out-of-sequence thrust faulting in the central Nepalese Himalaya: Nature, v. 434, p. 1008-1011.
1Brocklehurst, S., and Whipple, K., 2004, Hypsometry of glaciated landscapes: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 29, 907-926.

Hodges, K., 1Wobus, C., 1Ruhl, K., 1Schildgen, T., Whipple, K., and Ojha, T., 2004, Quaternary deformation, river steepening, and heavy precipitation at the front of the Higher Himalayan ranges: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 7012, p. 1-11.

Whipple, K. and 1Meade, B., 2004, Controls on the strength of coupling among climate, erosion, and deformation in two-sided, frictional orogenic wedges at steady state: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 109, F01011, doi:10.1029/2003JF000019.

Whipple, K., 2004, Bedrock Rivers and the Geomorphology of Active Orogens: Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science, v. 32, p. 151-185.

1Clark, M.K., L. M. 1Schoenbohm, L. H. Royden, K. X. Whipple, B. C. Burchfiel, X. Zhang, W. Tang, E. Wang, and L. Chen, 2004, Surface uplift, tectonics, and erosion of eastern Tibet from large-scale drainage patterns, Tectonics, 23, TC1006, doi:10.1029/2002TC001402.

1Schoenbohm, L., Whipple, K., Burchfiel, B., Chen, L., 2004, Geomorphic constraints on surface uplift, exhumation, and plateau growth in the Red River region, Yunnan Province, China: Geological Society of America, Bulletin, v. 116, no. 7/8, p. 895–909; doi: 10.1130/B25364.1

1Wobus, C., Hodges, K.V., and Whipple, K.X., 2003,  Has focused denudation sustained active thrusting at the Himalayan topographic front?: Geology, v. 31, p. 861-864.

1Snyder, N.P., Whipple, K.X., 2Tucker, G.E., and Merritts, D., 2003,  Importance of a stochastic distribution of floods and erosion thresholds in the bedrock river incision problem: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108, B2, 2117, doi: 10.1029/2001JB001655.

1Snyder, N.P., Whipple, K.X., 2Tucker, G.E., and Merritts, D., 2003,  Channel response tectonic forcing: Field analysis of stream morphology and hydrology in the Mendocino triple junction region, northern California: Geomorphology, v. 1315, p. 1-31.

1Kirby, E., Whipple, K.X., Tang, W., and Chen, Z., 2003, Distribution of active rock uplift along the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau: Inferences from bedrock river profiles: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108, doi:10.1029/2001JB000861.

1Baldwin, J.A., Whipple, K.X., and 2Tucker, G.E., 2003, Implications of the stream-power channel incision model for the post-orogenic decay of topography: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108, doi:10.1029/2001JB000550.

1Snyder, N.P., Whipple, K.X., 2Tucker, G.E., and Merritts, D., 2002,  Interactions between onshore bedrock-channel incision and nearshore wave-base erosion forced by eustacy and tectonics: Basin Research, v. 14, p. 105-127.

Whipple, K., and 2Tucker, G., 2002,  Implications of sediment-flux dependent river incision models for landscape evolution: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 107, B2, doi: 10.1029/2000JB000044.

2Tucker, G., and Whipple, K., 2002, Topographic outcomes predicted by stream erosion models: sensitivity analysis and intermodel comparison: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 107, B9, doi: 10.1029/2001JB000162.

1Kirby, E., Reiners, P., Krol, M., Hodges, K., Whipple, K., Farley, K., Tang, W., and Chen, Z., 2002, Late Cenozoic evolution of the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau: Inferences from 40Ar/39Ar and (U-Th)/He thermochronology: Tectonics, v. 21, doi: 10.1029/2000TC001246. 

1Brocklehurst, S., and Whipple, K., 2002, Glacial erosion and relief production in the eastern Sierra Nevada, California: Geomorphology, v. 42, p. 1-24.

Hodges, K.V., 1Hurtado, J.M., and Whipple, K.X., 2001, Southward extrusion of Tibetan crust and its effect on Himalayan tectonics: Tectonics, v. 20, p. 799-809.

Whipple, K., 2001, Fluvial landscape response time: How plausible is steady state denudation?: American Journal of Science, v. 301, p. 313-325.

1Kirby, E., and Whipple, K., 2001, Quantifying differential rock-uplift rates via stream profile analysis: Geology,  v. 29, p. 415-418.

1Parsons, J., Whipple, K., and 1Simoni, A.,  2001, Experimental study of the grain-flow, fluid-mud transition in debris flows: Journal of Geology, v. 109,  p. 427-447. 

1Hurtado, J., Hodges, K., and Whipple, K.,  2001, Neotectonics of the Thakkhola Graben and implications for recent activity on the South Tibetan Fault System in the Central Nepal Himalaya: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 113, p. 222-240.

Whipple, K., 1Snyder, N., and 1Dollenmayer, K.,  2000, Rates and processes of bedrock channel incision by the Upper Ukak river since the 1912 Novarupta Ash Flow in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Alaska: Geology,  v. 28, no. 9, p. 835-838.

1Snyder, N., Whipple, K., 2Tucker, G., and Merritts, D., 2000, Landscape response to tectonic forcing: DEM analysis of stream profiles in the Mendocino triple junction region, northern California: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 112, no. 8, p. 1250-1263.

Whipple, K., 1Hancock G., and Anderson, R., 2000, River incision into bedrock: mechanics and relative efficacy of plucking, abrasion, and cavitation: Geological Society America Bulletin, v. 112, no. 3,  p. 490-503.

1Kirby, E., Whipple, K.X., Burchfiel, B.C., 1Tang, W., Berger, G., Sun, Z., and Chen, Z., 2000, Neotectonics of the Min Shan, China: Implications for mechanisms driving Quaternary deformation along the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau: Geological Society of America, Bulletin, v. 112, no. 3, p. 375-393.

Whipple, K., 1Kirby, E., and 1Brocklehurst, S., 1999,  Geomorphic limits to climatically induced increases in topographic relief: Nature, v. 401, p. 39-43.

Whipple, K. and 2Tucker, G., 1999, Dynamics of the stream power river incision model: Implications for height limits of mountain ranges, landscape response timescales and research needs: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 104, no. B8, p. 17661-17674.

Paola, C., Parker, G., 2Mohrig, D., and Whipple, K., 1999, The influence of transport fluctuations on spatially averaged topography on a sandy, braided fluvial fan, in Harbaugh, J., Watney, W., Rankey, E., Slingerland, R., Goldstein, R., and Franseen, E., eds., Numerical experiments in stratigraphy; recent advances in stratigraphic and sedimentologic computer simulations, Special Publication - Society for Sedimentary Geology, v. 62, p. 211-218.

1Hancock, G., Anderson, R., and Whipple, K., 1998, Beyond power: bedrock river incision process and form in E. Tinkler, K. and Wohl, E., eds., Rivers over Rock: Fluvial Processes in Bedrock Channels. Geophysical Monograph 107, AGU Press, p. 35-60.

Whipple, K., Parker, G., Paola, C., and 2Mohrig, D.,  1998, Channel dynamics, sediment transport, and the slope of alluvial fans: experimental study: Journal of Geology, v. 106, p. 675-691

2Mohrig, D., Whipple, K., 2Hondzo, M., Ellis, C., and Parker, G., 1998, Hydroplaning of subaqueous debris flows: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 110, no. 3, p. 387-394.

Parker, G., Paola, C., Whipple, K., and 2Mohrig, D., 1998, Alluvial fans formed by channelized fluvial and sheet flow: theory:  J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE.

Parker, G., Paola, C., Whipple, K., 2Mohrig, D., 2Toro-Escobar, C., 1Ruffner, R., Halvorsen, M., and Skoglund, T., 1998, Alluvial fans formed by channelized fluvial and sheet flow: application to a fan-delta in a mine tailings basin: J. Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE.

Whipple, K.X.,  1997, Open-channel  flow of Bingham fluids: applications in debris-flow research: Journal of Geology, v. 105, p. 243-262.

Whipple, K.X., and 1Trayler, C.R., 1996, Tectonic controls on fan size: the importance of spatially variable subsidence rates: Basin Research, v. 8, no. 3, p. 351-366.

Whipple, K.X., Parker, G., and Paola, C., 1995, Experimental study of alluvial fans, in Sonu, J.H., Lee, K.S., Seo, I.W., and Bhowmile, N.G., eds., Proceedings of the International Joint Seminar on Reduction of Natural and Environmental Disasters in Water Environment: Seoul National University, Korea, July 18-21, p.282-295.
Juteau, T., Bideau, D., Dauteuil, O., 1Manac'h, G., 1Naidoo, D., 2Nehlig, P., 1Ondreas, H., Tivey, M., Whipple, K., 1995, A submersible study in the Western Blanco Fracture Zone, N.E. Pacific: Structure and evolution during the last 1.6 MA:  Marine Geophysical Researches, v.17, no. 5, p.399-430.

Dunne, T., Whipple, K.X., and Aubry, B.F., 1995, Microtopography and the initiation of channels by Horton overland flow, in Costa, J.E., Miller, A.J., and Wilcock, P., eds., Natural and Anthropogenic Influences in Fluvial Geomorphology: The Wolman Volume: Geophysical Monograph, American Geophysical Union.

Whipple, K.X., 1993, Interpreting debris-flow hazard from study of fan morphology, in Shen, H.W., Su, S. T., and Wen, F., eds., Hydraulic Engineering '93: Proceedings of the 1993 Conference Sponsored by the Hydraulics Division/ASCE, July 25-30, San Francisco, California, p. 1302-1307.

Whipple, K.X., and Dunne, T., 1992, The influence of debris-flow rheology on fan morphology, Owens Valley, California: Geological Society of America, Bulletin, v. 104, p. 887-900.

Whipple, K.X., 1992, Predicting debris-flow runout and deposition on fans: the importance of the flow hydrograph, in  Walling, D., Davies, T., Hasholt, B., eds., Erosion, debris-flow and environment in mountain regions: Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences Symposium, Chengdu, China, July 5-9, IAHS Publication # 209, p. 337-345.

Research Activity

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GLG 108 Water Planet
SOS 182 Water Planet
GLG 495 Undergraduate Thesis
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GLG 494 Special Topics
GLG 495 Undergraduate Thesis
GLG 499 Individualized Instruction
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 598 Special Topics
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GLG 108 Water Planet
SOS 182 Water Planet
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 362 Geomorphology
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
GLG 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 108 Water Planet
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
GLG 362 Geomorphology
GLG 499 Individualized Instruction
GLG 592 Research
GLG 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 108 Water Planet
SOS 182 Water Planet
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 362 Geomorphology
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 108 Water Planet
GLG 591 Seminar
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
GLG 362 Geomorphology
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 598 Special Topics

Honors/Awards

Warren Prize, National Academy of Sciences, 2014

Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2010

Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2010

Bagnold Medal, European Geosciences Union, 2008

Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Professorship: 1997-2002

Editorships

2014  2016                      Associate Editor, Science Advances

2005  2007                      Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface: Associate Editor

2002  2007                      Editor, AGU Editors Choice: Surface Processes online Journal

2001  2005                      Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth: Associate Editor

2000  2002                      Tectonics: Associate Editor

1996  1998                      Geology: Editorial Board

Professional Associations

<p>Geological Society of America</p> <p>American Geophysical Union</p>

Service

  • SESE Associate Director for New Initiatives, Associate Director for New Initiatives (2009 - Present)
  • SESE Associate Director for New Initiatives, Associate Director for New Initiatives (2009 - Present)
  • Ad-hoc Committee for Update of SESE Graduate Manual, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Ad-hoc Committee for Update of SESE Graduate Manual, Member (2008 - Present)
  • SESE Computing Committee, Chair (2008 - Present)
  • SESE Computing Committee, Chair (2008 - Present)
  • SESE Computing Committee, Chair (2008 - Present)
  • American Geophysical Union: Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Member (2008 - Present)
  • American Geophysical Union: Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, Member (2008 - Present)
  • NRC Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes, Member (2007 - Present)
  • SESE Graduate Admissions Committee, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • SESE Awards Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • SESE Awards Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • American Geophysical Union: Sediment and Landscape Dynamics Committee, Member (2004 - Present)
  • NRC Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes, Member (2007 - 2010)
  • NRC Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes, Member (2007 - 2009)
  • Journal of Geophysical Research, Associate Editor (2005 - 2007)
  • American Geophysical Union, Sediment and Landscape Dynamics Committee Chair (2004 - 2007)
  • American Geophysical Union, Editor, Surface Processes Virtual Journal (2002 - 2007)
  • SESE Awards Committee, Committee Member (2006 - 2007)
  • National Science Foundation, Program Review Panel Member (2003 - 2006)
  • Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, Associate Editor (2001 - 2005)
  • New Departures in Structural Geology and Tectonics, NSF Workshop Participant (2002 - 2002)
  • Tectonics, Associate Editor (2000 - 2002)

Work History

<p>2006  present Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University</p> <p>2004 - 2006 Professor, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT</p> <p>2000 - 2004 Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT</p> <p>1995 - 2000 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT</p> <p>1994 - 1995 Postdoctoral Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Lab, University of Minnesota</p> <p>1986 - 1993 Research/Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geol. Sciences, University of Washington.</p>