Jon Pelletier

PTYS/LPL Faculty

Gould-Simpson 360


Jon Pelletier


Ph.D., 1997, Cornell

Years with LPL: 1999 to present

Planetary Surfaces, Geosciences, Geography and regional development, Planetary sciences

Landforms on Earth's surface are sculpted by flowing water in the form of rivers and glaciers and by the wind and windborne particles. My work seeks to understand the intrinsic feedbacks between landforms on Earth's surface and the fluid flow above the surface which creates these self-organized patterns. I focus primarily on computer modeling and in the integration of model results with field and remote-sensing data. I have divided my research time roughly equally between fluvial geomorphology, tectonic geomorphology, hillslope/soil geomorphology, eolian geomorphology, and surface processes on Mars. I have also published a bit on Earth's climate system and ecosystem dynamics.

Current Grants

  • National Science Foundation Earth Surface Processes Program, Transformative Behavior of Water, Energy and Carbon in the Critical Zone: An Observatory to Quantify Linkages among Ecohydrology, Biogeochemistry, and Landscape Evolution (with 11 co-PIs), $4.3M over five years; 7/1/09-6/30/14.
  • ExxonMobil Corporation, Convergent Orogen Systems Analysis (COSA) (PI: Peter DeCelles, 7/1/07-present)

Based on Google Scholar and NASA ADS: NASA ADS Author search: Jon D. Pelletier

Recent refereed publications: Years 2019 through 2020

Schaefer, E. I. & Pelletier, J. D. 2020, Computers and Geosciences. An algorithm to reduce a river network or other graph-like polygon to a set of lines

Moravec, Bryan G., White, Alissa M., Root, Robert A., Sanchez, Andres, Olshansky, Yaniv, Paras, Ben K., Carr, Bradley, McIntosh, Jennifer, Pelletier, Jon D., Rasmussen, Craig, Holbrook, W. Steven, & Chorover, Jon 2020, Journal of Geophysical Research (Earth Surface). Resolving Deep Critical Zone Architecture in Complex Volcanic Terrain

Lawrence, David M., Fisher, Rosie A., Koven, Charles D., Oleson, Keith W., Swenson, Sean C., Bonan, Gordon, Collier, Nathan, Ghimire, Bardan, van Kampenhout, Leo, Kennedy, Daniel, Kluzek, Erik, Lawrence, Peter J., Li, Fang, Li, Hongyi, Lombardozzi, Danica, Riley, William J., Sacks, William J., Shi, Mingjie, Vertenstein, Mariana, Wieder, William R., Xu, Chonggang, Ali, Ashehad A., Badger, Andrew M., Bisht, Gautam, van den Broeke, Michiel, Brunke, Michael A., Burns, Sean P., Buzan, Jonathan, Clark, Martyn, Craig, Anthony, Dahlin, Kyla, Drewniak, Beth, Fisher, Joshua B., Flanner, Mark, Fox, Andrew M., Gentine, Pierre, Hoffman, Forrest, Keppel-Aleks, Gretchen, Knox, Ryan, Kumar, Sanjiv, Lenaerts, Jan, Leung, L. Ruby, Lipscomb, William H., Lu, Yaqiong, Pandey, Ashutosh, Pelletier, Jon D., Perket, Justin, Randerson, James T., Ricciuto, Daniel M., Sanderson, Benjamin M., Slater, Andrew, Subin, Zachary M., Tang, Jinyun, Thomas, R. Quinn, Val Martin, Maria, & Zeng, Xubin 2019, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. The Community Land Model Version 5: Description of New Features, Benchmarking, and Impact of Forcing Uncertainty

de Kleer, Katherine, de Pater, Imke, Molter, Edward M., Banks, Elizabeth, Davies, Ashley Gerard, Alvarez, Carlos, Campbell, Randy, Aycock, Joel, Pelletier, John, Stickel, Terry, Kacprzak, Glenn G., Nielsen, Nikole M., Stern, Daniel, & Tollefson, Joshua 2019, The Astronomical Journal. Io’s Volcanic Activity from Time Domain Adaptive Optics Observations: 2013-2018

Williams, Z. C., Pelletier, J. D., & Meixner, T. 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research (Earth Surface). Self-Affine Fractal Spatial and Temporal Variability of the San Pedro River, Southern Arizona

Fan, Y., Clark, M., Lawrence, D. M., Swenson, S., Band, L. E., Brantley, S. L., Brooks, P. D., Dietrich, W. E., Flores, A., Grant, G., Kirchner, J. W., Mackay, D. S., McDonnell, J. J., Milly, P. C. D., Sullivan, P. L., Tague, C., Ajami, H., Chaney, N., Hartmann, A., Hazenberg, P., McNamara, J., Pelletier, J., Perket, J., Rouholahnejad-Freund, E., Wagener, T., Zeng, X., Beighley, E., Buzan, J., Huang, M., Livneh, B., Mohanty, B. P., Nijssen, B., Safeeq, M., Shen, C., van Verseveld, W., Volk, J., & Yamazaki, D. 2019, Water Resources Research. Hillslope Hydrology in Global Change Research and Earth System Modeling

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