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Mary Kate Fidler

Mary Kate FidlerSenior Lecturer
340C Brackett Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

Ph.D. Geological Sciences, 2018, University of California Santa Barbara
Certificate of College and University Teaching, 2018, University of California Santa Barbara
B.S. Environmental Geoscience, 2012, University of Notre Dame

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Fidler's primary research interests are in the areas of structural geology, physical volcanology, and igneous petrology. She is interested in the causes of intracrustal volcanism and how the relationship between magmatism and continental extension can be understood by a combination of field, geochronological, and geochemical studies. She draws her scientific inspiration from field-based investigations, generally involving detailed geologic mapping followed by geochronologic and geochemical analyses.

Class Information

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

GEOL 1010 Physical Geology
GEOL 1120 Earth Resources
GEOL 1140 Earth Resources Laboratory
GEOL 2070 Mineralogy and Introductory Petrology Laboratory
GEOL 3130 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 3131 
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Laboratory
GEOL 3160 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
GEOL 3161 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory

Selected Publications & Presentations

Bruner, A., Leier, A.L., Jr., D.L.B., Pullen, A., Fidler, M.K., Stubbins, B., 2022. Detrital zircon provenance and transport pathways of Pleistocene-Holocene eolian sediment in the Pampean Plains, Argentina. GSA Bull. doi:10.1130/B36267.1

Pullen, A., Barbeau, D.L., Leier, A.L., Abell, J.T., Ward, M., Bruner, A., Fidler, M.K., 2022. A westerly wind dominated Puna Plateau during deposition of upper Pleistocene loessic sediments in the subtropical Andes, South America. Nat. Commun. 2022 131 13, 1–8. doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31118-5

M.K. Fidler, P.B. Gans, J.S. Lackey (2016). Geologic map of the western Whipple Mountains and the eastern Mopah Range, southeast California: unraveling the eruptive and structural history of a synextensional Miocene volcanic province. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, 48(7), Abstract no. 266-6

M.K. Fidler, P.B. Gans (2016). Exploring the link between crustal melting and extensional collapse; field, geochemical, and Sr-Nd isotopic evidence from pre-, syn-, and post- extensional lavas of the Whipple Mountains region, lower Colorado River extensional corridor, CA and AZ. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2016, Abstract V53D-3161.

M.K. Fidler, P.B. Gans (2014). Magmatic trigger for extensional collapse? Character and significance of pre-extensional volcanic activity in the Whipple Mountains region, lower Colorado River Extensional Corridor. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2014, Abstract V31E-4812

E. Steel, L. Reynolds, L. Simkins, M.K. Fidler (2014). Characterization of the Elephant Trees Formation, Anza Borrego with implications for determining the depositional environments of conglomeratic debris flows. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, 46(6), 147

M.K. Fidler & P.B. Gans (2013). Spatiotemporal patterns in the inception of Miocene volcanism and upper plate extensional block rotation in the vicinity of the Whipple Mountains, CA and AZ. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America,45(7), 171.