PTYS/LPL Faculty

Gould-Simpson 360


Jon Pelletier


Planetary Surfaces, 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.

Ph.D., 1997, Cornell

Years with LPL: 1999 to present

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)


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author search: Jon D. Pelletier

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Year 2016 through 2017

Pelletier, J. D. V Quantifying the controls on potential soil production rates: a case study of the San Gabriel Mountains, California 2017ESuD....5..479P

Pelletier, J. D., Swetnam, T. L. V Asymmetry of weathering-limited hillslopes: the importance of diurnal covariation in solar insolation and temperature 2017ESPL...42.1408P

McIntosh, J. C., Schaumberg, C., Perdrial, J., Harpold, A., Vázquez-Ortega, A., Rasmussen, C., Vinson, D., Zapata-Rios, X., Brooks, P. D., Meixner, T., Pelletier, J., Derry, L., Chorover, J. V Geochemical evolution of the Critical Zone across variable time scales informs concentration-discharge relationships: Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory 2017WRR....53.4169M

Norman, L. M., Sankey, J. B., Dean, D., Caster, J., DeLong, S., DeLong, W., Pelletier, J. D. V Quantifying geomorphic change at ephemeral stream restoration sites using a coupled-model approach 2017Geomo.283....1N

van Haren, J., Dontsova, K., Barron-Gafford, G. A., Troch, P. A., Chorover, J., Delong, S. B., Breshears, D. D., Huxman, T. E., Pelletier, J. D., Saleska, S. R., Zeng, X., Ruiz, J. V CO2diffusion into pore spaces limits weathering rate of an experimental basalt landscape 2017Geo....45..203V

Orem, C. A., Pelletier, J. D. V Constraining frequency-magnitude-area relationships for rainfall and flood discharges using radar-derived precipitation estimates: example applications in the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins, USA 2016HESS...20.4483O

Trostle, K. D., Ray Runyon, J., Pohlmann, M. A., Redfield, S. E., Pelletier, J., McIntosh, J., Chorover, J. V Colloids and organic matter complexation control trace metal concentration-discharge relationships in Marshall Gulch stream waters 2016WRR....52.7931T

Olyphant, J., Pelletier, J. D., Johnson, R. V Topographic correlations with soil and regolith thickness from shallow-seismic refraction constraints across upland hillslopes in the Valles Caldera, New Mexico 2016ESPL...41.1684O

Pelletier, J. D., Nichols, M. H., Nearing, M. A. V The influence of Holocene vegetation changes on topography and erosion rates: a case study at Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed, Arizona 2016ESuD....4..471P

Orem, C. A., Pelletier, J. D. V The predominance of post-wildfire erosion in the long-term denudation of the Valles Caldera, New Mexico 2016JGRF..121..843O

Brunke, M. A., Broxton, P., Pelletier, J., Gochis, D., Hazenberg, P., Lawrence, D. M., Leung, L. R., Niu, G.-Y., Troch, P. A., Zeng, X. V Implementing and Evaluating Variable Soil Thickness in the Community Land Model, Version 4.5 (CLM4.5) 2016JCli...29.3441B

Pelletier, J. D., Field, J. P. V Predicting the roughness length of turbulent flows over landscapes with multi-scale microtopography 2016ESuD....4..391P

Pelletier, J. D., Broxton, P. D., Hazenberg, P., Zeng, X., Troch, P. A., Niu, G.-Y., Williams, Z., Brunke, M. A., Gochis, D. V A gridded global data set of soil, intact regolith, and sedimentary deposit thicknesses for regional and global land surface modeling 2016JAMES...8...41P

McGuire, L. A., Pelletier, J. D. V Controls on valley spacing in landscapes subject to rapid base-level fall 2016ESPL...41..460M

Hazenberg, P., Broxton, P., Gochis, D., Niu, G.-Y., Pangle, L. A., Pelletier, J. D., Troch, P. A., Zeng, X. V Testing the hybrid-3-D hillslope hydrological model in a controlled environment 2016WRR....52.1089H

Luo, W., Pelletier, J., Duffin, K., Ormand, C., Hung, W.-c., Shernoff, D. J., Zhai, X., Iverson, E., Whalley, K., Gallaher, C., Furness, W. V Advantages of Computer Simulation in Enhancing Students' Learning About Landform Evolution: A Case Study Using the Grand Canyon 2016JGeEd..64...60L

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Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Fall 2017 PTYS 502-001 TTH 9:30-10:45a.m. Gould-Simpson 209

Last updated on March 3, 2020