Associate Professor. (PhD. Arizona) -- geomorphology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geoarchaeology, arid lands, petroleum geology

Contact

  • Office: Bldg 73 Room 208
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  • phone: 801-858-5800
  • Link to personal page: www.kathleennicoll.com

Research Interests:

  • geomorphology
  • arid landscapes and processes
  • archaeological geology
  • Quaternary environments
  • hydroclimatic change
  • sedimentology & stratigraphy

 

Interests/Description:

Associate Professor Kathleen Nicoll’s ongoing research is mainly centered on arid lands geomorphology, hydrology, and archaeology.  She has projects in Egypt, Turkey, Israel, southern Africa, and the western USA. In Utah, she studies wind, dust dynamics, and playa-lake features; some current NSF, NASA and NCALM -funded research includes landform development of the Late Quaternary Lake Bonneville using field survey and subsurface GPR imaging, complemented with C-14 dating and sediment analyses.  Some of this Utah-based research is highly applicable to the study of the surface of the planet Mars.  Dr Nicoll’s geoarchaeological research in southern African deserts focuses on Middle Stone Age-Late Stone Age remains in both riverine and dune environments.  Dr Nicoll remains involved with climate change research and archaeological site excavation in Israel, Turkey and Egypt.

Education:

  • BA – Geology & Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA – Geology, Bryn Mawr College
  • PhD – Geosiences, University of Arizona

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG/ENVST 1000 Introduction to Earth Science Systems 
  • GEOG 3000 Geoexcursions in Northern Utah
  • GEOG/ENVST 3200 Introduction to Geomorphology: Mountains, Rivers, Deserts
  • GEOG 3290 Water In Utah
  • GEOG 5200 Geomorphology
  • GEOG 5290 Water in Utah
  • GEOG 6960 Seminars in various topics, including: geoarchaeology, lake environments, hazards, and applied geomorphology

Affiliations (labs, centers, etc.):

  • Geomorphology & Quaternary Sediments Lab @ Paradigm II
  • Center for Technological and Natural Hazards

Publications:

For a complete listing please see personal website

Some recent publications listed below:
  • Haldon, J., Cassis, M., Doonan, O., Eastwood, W., Elton, H., Fleitmann, D., Izdebski, A., Ladstätter, S., McCormick, M., Manning, S., Newhard, J., Nicoll. K., Roberts, N., Telelis,I., and Xoplaki, E. 2014.  Byzantine Anatolia: a 'laboratory' for te study of climate impacts and socio-environmental relations in the past.  Journal of Interdisciplinary History xlv:2 (Autumn 2014):113-142. doi:10.1162/JINH_a_00682
  • Nicoll, K. and Finkelstein, D.B. 2014. Saline Lakes… A Logical Step in Exploring Habitability of "The Final Frontier."  Palaios 29:231-232. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/pal.2014.s0614
  • Nicoll, K. and Murphy, L.R. (eds.) 2014. Quaternary International  342 Thematic Issue: Soil and sediment archives of ancient landscapes, paleoenvironments and archaeological site formation processes.
  • Nicoll, K. and Murphy, L.R. 2014. Soil and sediment archives of ancient landscapes, paleoenvironments, and archaeological site formation processes. Quaternary International 342: 1-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2014.07.001
  • Nicoll, K., Yentsch, A., Rood, R. and Jones, K.P. 2014.  Site Formation and Archaic geoarchaeology along the Jordan River, Great Salt Lake Valley, Utah USA. Quaternary International 342: 214-225. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.08.044
  • Hahnenberger, M. and Nicoll, K. 2014. Geomorphic and land cover identification of dust sources in the eastern Great Basin of Utah, U.S.A., Geomorphology 204:657-672. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.09.013
  • Nicoll. K.2014. Site Entry: Nabta Playa. In Smith, Claire (ed). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer, New York. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2
  • Nicoll. K. and Küçükuysal, C. 2013. Emerging Multi-Proxy Records of Late Quaternary Paleoclimate Dynamics in Turkey and the Surrounding Region. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences 22: 126-142.  doi: 10.3906/ yer-1109-7 http://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/havuz/yer-1109-7.pdf
  • Giosan, L., Fuller, D.Q., Nicoll, K., Flad, R.K., and Clift, P.D.,  (eds.) 2012. Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series 198. Geopress, American Geophysical Union. Book doi: 10.1029/GM0198. 226 p.
  • Blaauw, M., Holliday, V.T., Gill, J.L., and Nicoll, K. 2012. Age models and the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceswww.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1206143109
  • Gill, J.L., Blois, J.L., Goring, S., Marlon, J.R., Bartlein, P.J., Nicoll, K., Scott, A.C., and Whitlock, C. 2012. Paleoecological changes at Lake Cuitzeo were not consistent with an extraterrestrial impact. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1206196109
  • Hahnenberger, M. and Nicoll, K. 2012. Meteorological characteristics of dust storm events in the Eastern Great Basin of Utah, U.S.A. Atmospheric Environment  60: 601-612. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.06.029
  • Nicoll. K. and Küçükuysal, C. 2012. Emerging Multi-Proxy Records of Late Quaternary Paleoclimate Dynamics in Turkey and the Surrounding Region. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences. doi: 10.3906/ yer-1109-7 http://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/havuz/yer-1109-7.pdf
  • Skorko, K.W., Jewell, P. W. and Nicoll, K. 2012. Fluvial Response to an Historic Low Stand of the Great Salt Lake, Utah.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37: 143-156. doi: 10.1002/esp.2226 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/esp.2226/abstract
  • Boslough, M., Nicoll, K., Holliday, V., Daulton, T. L., Meltzer, D., Pinter, N., Scott, A. C., Surovell, T., Claeys, Ph., Gill, J., Paquay, F., Marlon, J., Bartlein, P., Whitlock, C., Grayson, D., and Jull, A.J.T.  2012. Arguments and Evidence against a Younger Dryas Impact Event.  In: Giosan, L., Fuller, D.Q., Nicoll, K., Flad, R.K., and Clift, P.D.,  (eds.) 2012. Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series 198. Geopress, American Geophysical Union. Book doi: 10.1029/GM0198.  p.13-26.  Paper doi: 10.1029/2012GM001209
  • Nicoll, K. 2012. Geoarchaeological Perspectives on Holocene Climate Change as a Civilizing Factor in the Egyptian Sahara. In: Giosan, L., Fuller, D.Q., Nicoll, K., Flad, R.K., and Clift, P.D.,  (eds.) 2012. Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series 198. Geopress, American Geophysical Union. Book doi: 10.1029/GM0198.  p. 157-162.Paper doi: 10.1029/2012GM001219
  • Jewell, P. W. and Nicoll, K. 2011. Wind Regimes and Aeolian Transport in the Great Basin, U.S.A. Geomorphology 129: 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.01.005.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169555X11000225
  • Chan, M.A., Nicoll, K., Ormö, J., Okubo, C., and Komatsu, G., 2011, Utah’s geologic and geomorphic analogs to Mars—An overview for planetary exploration. In: Garry, W.B., and Bleacher, J.E. (eds.), Analogs for Planetary Exploration: Geological Society of America Special Paper 483, p. 349–375, doi:10.1130/2011.2483(22)
  • Nicoll, K. 2010c. Geomorphic and hazard vulnerability assessment of recent residential developments on landslide-prone terrain: the case of the Traverse Mountains, South Salt Lake Valley, Utah, USA.  Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 3: 126-141. http://www.academicjournals.org/JGRP/PDF/pdf2010/Jun/Nicoll.pdf
  • Nicoll, K. 2010b. Geomorphic development and Middle Stone Age archaeology of the Lower Cunene River, Namibia–Angola Border. Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 1419-1431. doi 10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.02.026
  • Nicoll, K. 2010a. Landscape development within a young collision zone: implications for post- Tethyan evolution of the Upper Tigris River system in southeastern Turkey. International Geology Review, 52: 404 -422.
    doi 10.1080/00206810902951072.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00206810902951072