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Marith Reheis


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My entire post-graduate career has been in the USGS in Denver, migrating from Conservation to Geologic Division early on, and then residing in the evolving branches of Regional Geology -- Environmental Geology -- Climate Change -- Earth Surface Processes Team.  In parallel, my career has evolved through bedrock and surficial mapping, soil studies, neotectonics, desert dust sampling and analysis, and paleoclimate research, to a state of mixing them all together.

Reheis, M.J., 1975, Source, transportation, and deposition of debris on Arapaho Glacier, Front Range, Colorado, USA:  Journal of Glaciology, v. 14, p. 407-420.

Reheis, M.C., 1985, Evidence for Quaternary tectonism in the northern Bighorn basin, Wyoming and Montana:  Geology, v. 13, p. 364-367.

Reheis, M.C., 1987, Gypsic soils on the Kane alluvial fans, Big Horn County, Wyoming:  U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1590-C, 39 p.

Reheis, M.C., 1987, Soils in granitic alluvium in humid and semiarid climates along Rock Creek, Carbon County, Montana:  U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1590-D, 71 p.

Reheis, M.C., 1987, Climatic implications of alternating clay and carbonate formation in semiarid soils of south-central Montana:  Quaternary Research, v. 27, p. 270-282.

Reheis, M.C., 1988, Replacement of silicate grains by CaCO3 in semiarid soils of south-central Montana, U.S.A.:  Geoderma, v. 41, p. 243-261.

Reheis, M.C., Harden, J.W., McFadden, L.D., and Shroba, R.R., 1989, Variation in rates of development and description of late Quaternary soils, Silver Lake playa, California:  Soil Science Society of America Journal, v. 53, p. 1127-1140. 

Reheis, M.C., 1990, Influence of climate and eolian dust on the major-element chemistry and clay mineralogy of soils in the northern Bighorn basin, U.S.A.:  Catena, v. 17, p. 219-248.

Reheis, M.C., and 7 others, 1991, Non-glacial Quaternary history of some Rocky Mountain basins, in Morrison, R.B., ed., Quaternary non-glacial geology--Conterminous U.S.:  Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America, The Geology of North America, v. K-2, p. 407-440.

Reheis, M.C., Sowers, J.M., Taylor, E.M., McFadden, L.D., and Harden, J.W., 1992, Morphology and genesis of calcic soils on the Kyle Canyon fan, Nevada:  Geoderma, v. 52, p. 303-342. 

Reheis, M.C., Slate, J.L., Sarna-Wojcicki, A.M., and Meyer, C.E., 1993, A late Pliocene to middle Pleistocene pluvial lake in Fish Lake Valley, Nevada and California:  Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 105, p. 953-967. 

Reheis, M.C., and Kihl, Rolf, 1995, Dust deposition in southern Nevada and California, 1984-1989--relations to climate, source area, and source lithology:  Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres), v. 100, no. D5, p. 8893-8918.

Reheis, M.C., Goodmacher, J.C., Harden, J.W., McFadden, L.D., Rockwell, T.K., Shroba, R.R., Sowers, J.M., and Taylor, E.M., 1995, Quaternary soils and dust deposition in southern Nevada and California: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 107, p. 1003-1022.

Reheis, M.C., and Dixon, T.H., 1996, Kinematics of the eastern California shear zone—Evidence for slip transfer from Owens and Saline Valley fault zones to Fish Lake Valley fault zone:  Geology, v. 24, p. 339-342. 

Reheis, M.C., Slate, J.L., Throckmorton, C.K., McGeehin, J.P., Sarna-Wojcicki, A.M., and Dengler, Lori, 1996, Late Quaternary sedimentation on the Leidy Creek fan, Nevada-California—geomorphic responses to climate change:  Basin Research, v. 12, p. 279-299.

Reheis, M.C., and Sawyer, T.L., 1997, Late Cenozoic history and slip rates of the Fish Lake Valley, Emigrant Peak, and Deep Springs fault zones, Nevada and California:  Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 109, p. 280-299.

Reheis, M.C., 1997, Dust deposition downwind of Owens (Dry) Lake, 1991-1994—Preliminary findings:  Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres), v. 102, no. D22, p. 25,999-26,008.

Breed, C.S., and Reheis, M.C., eds., 1999, Desert Winds: Monitoring wind-related surface processes in Arizona, New Mexico, and California: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1598, 8 chapters, 153 p.

Reheis, M.C., 1999, Extent of Pleistocene lakes in the western Great Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Investigations Map MF-2323 (digital map).

Reheis, M.C., 1999, Highest pluvial-lake shorelines and Pleistocene climate of the western Great Basin: Quaternary Research, v. 52, p. 196-205.

Reheis, M.C., Sarna-Wojcicki, A.M., Reynolds, R.L., Repenning, C.A., and Mifflin, M.D., 2002, Pliocene to middle Pleistocene lakes in the western Great Basin—Ages and connections, in Hershler, R., Currey, D., and Madsen, D., eds., Great Basin Aquatic Systems History: Smithsonian Contributions to Earth Sciences no. 33,  Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., p. 53-108. 

Reheis, M.C., Budahn, J.R., and Lamothe, P.J., 2002, Geochemical evidence for diversity of dust sources in the southwestern United States:  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 66, p. 1569-1587. 

Okin, G.S., and Reheis, M.C., 2002, An ENSO predictor of desertification in the southwestern United States:  Geophysical Research Letters, v. 29, no. 9, 10.1029/2001GL014494, 3 p.

Reheis, M.C., Stine, Scott, and Sarna-Wojcicki, A.M., 2002, Drainage reversals in Mono Basin during the late Pliocene and Pleistocene:  Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 114, p. 991-1006. 

Reheis, M., Redwine, J., Adams, K., Stine, S., Parker, K., Negrini, R., Burke, R.M., Kurth, G., McGeehin, J., Paces, J., Phillips, F., Sarna-Wojcicki, A., and Smoot, J., 2003, Pliocene to Holocene lakes in the western Great Basin, USA:  New perspectives on paleoclimate, landscape dynamics, tectonics, and paleodistribution of aquatic species:  Guidebook for Field Trip A-7, International Quaternary Association Congress, Reno, Nevada, p. 155-194.

Sarna-Wojcicki, A.M., Reheis, M.C., Pringle, M.S., Fleck, R.J., Burbank, Douglas, Meyer, C.E., Slate, J.L., Wan, Elmira, Budahn, J.R., Troxel, Bennie, and Walker, J.P., 2005, Tephra layers of Blind Spring Valley and related Upper Pliocene and Pleistocene tephra layers, California, Nevada and Utah:  isotopic ages, correlation, and magnetostratigraphy:  U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1701, 63 p.

Reheis, M.C., 2005, Surficial deposits in the upper Bear River and Bear Lake drainage basins, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map SI-2890, scale 1:50,000 and 1:100,000.

Reheis, M.C., Reynolds, R. L., Goldstein, Harland, Roberts, H.M., Yount, J.C., Axford, Yarrow, Cummings, L.S., and Shearin, Nancy, 2005, Late Quaternary eolian and alluvial response to paleoclimate, Canyonlands, Southeastern Utah:  Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 117, p. 1051-1069.

Reheis, M.C., 2006, 16-year record of dust deposition in southern Nevada and California, U.S.A.: Journal of Arid Environments, v. 67, p. 487-520.

Reheis, M.C., and Block, Debra, 2007, Surficial geologic map and geochronologic database, Fish Lake Valley, Esmeralda County, Nevada, and Mono County, California:  U.S. Geological Survey, Data Series 277.

Reheis, M.C., and Redwine, J.L., 2008, Lake Manix shorelines and Afton Canyon terraces: Implications for incision of Afton Canyon, in Reheis, M.C., Hershler, R., and Miller, D., eds., Late Cenozoic Drainage History of the Southwestern Great Basin and Lower Colorado River Region: Geologic and Biotic Perspectives:  Geological Society of America Special Paper 439, p. 227-259.

Reheis, M.C., Hershler, R., and Miller, D., eds., 2008, Late Cenozoic Drainage History of the Southwestern Great Basin and Lower Colorado River Region: Geologic and Biotic Perspectives:  Geological Society of America Special Paper 439, 432 p.

Reheis, M.C., Laabs, B.J.C., and Kaufman, D.S., 2009, Geology and geomorphology of Bear Lake Valley and upper Bear River, in Rosenbaum, J., and Kaufman, D., eds., Paleoenvironments of Bear Lake, Utah-Idaho:  Geological Society of America Special Paper 450, p. 15-48.


Reheis, M.C., Budahn, J.R., Lamothe, P.J., Reynolds, R.L., 2009. Compositions of modern dust and surface sediments in the Desert Southwest, United States. Journal of Geophysical Research 114, 20.


Reheis, M.C., Urban, F.E., 2011. Regional and climatic controls on seasonal dust deposition in the southwestern U.S. Aeolian Research 3, 3-21.

Kurth, G., Phillips, F.M., Reheis, M.C., Redwine, J.L., Paces, J.B., 2011, Cosmogenic nuclide and uranium-series dating of old, high shorelines in the western Great Basin, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 123, p. 744-768.

Reheis, M.C., Bright, J., Lund, S.P., Miller, D.M., Skipp, G., Fleck, R.J., 2012. A half-million-year record of paleoclimate from the Lake Manix core, Mojave Desert, California. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 365-366, 11-37.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Atmosphere and Climateatmospheric deposition
Atmosphere and Climateclimate change
Earth Characteristicsunconsolidated deposits
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentdeserts
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Geologic Processeserosion
Geologic Processesfaulting
Geologic Processessoil chemistry

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Climate Variability & Change

Earth surface processes, paleoclimate, dust, neotectonics

Image of Current Focus for Earth surface processes, paleoclimate, dust, neotectonics

Currently I'm working as an Emeitus scientists on a paleoclimate project focused on the Quaternary paleohydrology of the Mojave Desert, with a combined approach using stratigraphy, dating, core analysis, and outcrop mapping.  I also advise in projects examining regional eolian processes and effects on soils, vegetation, and human infrastructure, geochemical composition of eolian dust with respect to source area and activity as well as human health, and regional reconstruction of past climates, such as the Quaternary pluvial-lake history of the Great Basin.

Contact Information

Marith Reheis
West 6th Ave. & Kipling St., DFC Bldg. 25
Lakewood, CO 80225-0046
303-236-5349 - Fax
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