Devin McPhillips

Research Associate Earth Sciences

Research Interests

I study landscape evolution in order to understand both tectonic and surface processes. My research is focused on the linkages between climate and tectonics and the processes that support high topography. I typically combine thermochronology and cosmochronology with field work, GIS, and numerical modeling in order to measure the evolution of the landscape at multiple temporal and spatial scales.


Geomorphology EAR 403/603


McPhillips, D., Bierman, P. R., Crocker, T., Rood., D., accepted. Landscape Response to Pleistocene-Holocene precipitation change in the Western Cordillera, Peru: Be-10 concentrations in modern sediments and terrace fills, Pisco River, Peru. J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surface.

McPhillips, D., Brandon, M. T., 2012. Topographic evolution of the Sierra Nevada measured directly by inversion of low-temperature thermochronology. Am. J. Sci. doi:10.2475/02.2012.02

McPhillips, D., Brandon, M.T., 2010. Using tracer thermochronology to measure modern relief change in the Sierra Nevada, California. Earth Planet. Sc. Lett. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.05.022