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Alex Pullen

PullenAssistant Professor
160 Rich Lab
335 Brackett Hall
864.656.5015
E-mail: apullen@clemson.edu

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

Classes | Publications 

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
GEOL 4050 Surficial Geology
GEOL 4051 Surficial Geology Laboratory
GEOL 4500 Paleoclimate Change

Selected Publications

Clinkscales, C., Kapp, P., Thomson, S., Wang, H., Laskowski, A., Orme, D.A., Pullen, A., 2021. Regional Exhumation and Tectonic History of the Shanxi Rift and Taihangshan, North China. Tectonics 40, e2020TC006416. doi:10.1029/2020TC006416

Corradino, J.I., Pullen, A., Leier, A.L., Jr., D.L.B., Scher, H.D., Weislogel, A., Bruner, A., Leckie, D.A., Currie, L.D., 2021. Ancestral trans−North American Bell River system recorded in late Oligocene to early Miocene sediments in the Labrador Sea and Canadian Great Plains. GSA Bull. doi:10.1130/B35903.1

Smeraglia, L., Giuffrida, A., Grimaldi, S., Pullen, A., La Bruna, V., Billi, A., Agosta, F., 2021. Fault-controlled upwelling of low-T hydrothermal fluids tracked by travertines in a fold-and-thrust belt, Monte Alpi, southern apennines, Italy. J. Struct. Geol. 144, 104276. doi:10.1016/J.JSG.2020.104276

Abell, J.T., Rahimi, S.R., Pullen, A., Lebo, Z.J., Zhang, D., Kapp, P., Gloege, L., Ridge, S., Nie, J., Winckler, G., 2020. A Quantitative Model-Based Assessment of Stony Desert Landscape Evolution in the Hami Basin, China: Implications for Plio-Pleistocene Dust Production in Eastern Asia. Geophys. Res. Lett. 47, e2020GL090064. doi:10.1029/2020GL090064

Jian, X., Weislogel, A., Pullen, A., Shang, F., 2020. Formation and evolution of the Eastern Kunlun Range, northern Tibet: Evidence from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopes. Gondwana Res. 83, 63–79. doi:10.1016/J.GR.2020.01.015

Pullen, A., Banaszynski, M., Kapp, P., Thomson, S.N., Cai, F., 2020. A mid-Cretaceous change from fast to slow exhumation of the western Chinese Altai mountains: A climate driven exhumation signal? J. Asian Earth Sci. 197, 104387. doi:10.1016/J.JSEAES.2020.104387

Zhang, D., Wang, G., Pullen, A., Abell, J.T., Ji, J., Shen, T., 2020. Landscape evolution and development of eolian-modified unconsolidated gravel surfaces and yardangs in the Hami Basin, China. Geomo 368, 107355. doi:10.1016/J.GEOMORPH.2020.107355

Abell, J.T., Pullen, A., Lebo, Z.J., Kapp, P., Gloege, L., Metcalf, A.R., Nie, J., Winckler, G., 2020. A wind-albedo-wind feedback driven by landscape evolution. Nat. Commun. 11, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13661-w

Jian, X., Weislogel, A., Pullen, A., Shang, F., 2020. Formation and evolution of the Eastern Kunlun Range, northern Tibet: Evidence from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopes. Gondwana Res. 83, 63–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2020.01.015

Jian, X., Weislogel, A., Pullen, A., 2019. Triassic Sedimentary Filling and Closure of the Eastern Paleo-Tethys Ocean: New Insights From Detrital Zircon Geochronology of Songpan-Ganzi, Yidun, and West Qinling Flysch in Eastern Tibet. Tectonics 38, 767–787. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018TC005300