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Alex Pullen


Assistant Professor
335 Brackett Hall

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2010, Geosciences
M.S. University of Arizona, 2006, Geosciences
B.S. University of Arizona, 1999, Economics

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Pullen’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of structural geology, sedimentology, and geochronology. He takes a field and laboratory based approach to research by conducting geologic and geomorphic mapping, measuring stratigraphic sections, and applying U-Th-Pb geochronology. His research interests are broadly in the areas of continental tectonics and orogenic systems. Some of his current research projects focus on mountain building, aridification, and eolian processes. His research projects cross traditional disciplinary boundaries to study processes ranging from lithospheric evolution to Earth surface processes. 

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

GEOL 3020 Structural Geology
GEOL 3021 Structural Geology Laboratory

Selected Publications

Licht, A., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Abell, J., and Giesler, N., 2016, Aeolian cannibalism:  reworked loess as the main sediment source of the Chinese Loess Plateau:  GSA Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31375.1.

Kapp, P., Pullen, A., Pelletier, J.D., Cai, F., and Russell, J., 2015, From dust to dust: Quaternary wind erosion of the Mu Us Desert and Loess Plateau, China:  Geology, v. 43, p. 835–838.

Ibáñez-Mejía, M., Pullen, A., Arenstein, J., Gehrels, G.E., Valley, J., Ducea, M., Mora, A.R., Pecha, M., and Ruiz, J., 2015, Unraveling crustal growth and reworking processes in complex zircons from orogenic lower-crust: The Precambrian Putumayo Orogen of Amazonia:  Precambrian Research, v. 267, p. 285–310.

Pullen, A., Ibáñez-Mejía, M., Gehrels, G.E., Ibáñez-Mejía, J.C., and Pecha, M., 2014, What happens when n= 1000? Creating large-n geochronological datasets with LA-ICP-MS for geologic investigations:  Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, DOI:10.1039/C4JA00024B.

Pullen, A., and Kapp, P., 2014, Insights into Mesozoic tectonic history and the lithospheric structure of the Qiangtang terrane from investigating the Qiangtang metamorphic belt, central Tibet, in:  Towards an Improved Understanding of Uplift Mechanisms and the Elevation History of the Tibetan Plateau, Nie, J.S., Horton, B.K., and Hoke, G.D. (eds.), Geological Society of America Special Paper 507, chapter 4.

Li, L., Meng, Q., Pullen, A., Garzione, C.N., Wu, G., Wang, Y., Ma, S., Duan, L., 2014, Late Permian–Middle Triassic backarc basin development in West Qinling, China:  Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 87, p. 116–129.

Heermance, R.V., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Ding, L., Garzione, C.N., and Song, P., 2013, Sedimentological and stable isotopic evidence for inversion of the Qiadam Basin, China, associated with climate change during the Plio-Quaternary transition, China: GSA Bulletin, v. 125, p. 833–856.

Ding, L., Yang, D., Cai, F.L., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., Zhang, L.Y., Lai, Q.Z., Yue, Y.H., and Zhi, R.D., 2013, Provenance Analysis of the Mesozoic Hoh-Xil-Songpan-Ganzi Turbidites in Northern Tibet: Implications for the Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Paleo-Tethys Ocean: Tectonics, DOI:  10.1002/tect.20013.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., McCallister, A.T, Chang, H., Gehrels, G.E., Garzione, C.N., Heermance, R.V., and Ding, L., 2011, The Qaidam basin and northern Tibetan Plateau as dust sources for the Chinese Loess Plateau and paleoclimatic implications:  Geology, v. 39, p. 1031–1034.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G., and Ding, L., 2011, Cenozoic anatexis and exhumation of Tethyan Sequence rocks in the Xiao Gurla Range, southwest Tibet:  Tectonophysics, v. 501, p. 28–40.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., Ding, L., and Zhang, Q., 2011, Metamorphic rocks in central Tibet: Lateral variations and implications for crustal structure:  GSA Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B30154.1.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., Vervoort, J.D., and Ding, L., 2008, Triassic continental subduction in central Tibet and Mediterranean-style closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean:  Geology, v. 36, no. 5, p. 351–354