Justin V. Strauss

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

I am interested in a variety of geological phenomena, from the evolution of Earth’s biosphere to the tectonic development of modern and ancient mountain belts. My primary interest is reconstructing Earth's history, particularily the co-evolution of Earth and life during key periods of tectonic and climatic change. Most of my projects are framed through the lens of field-based sedimentology, stratigraphy, and structural geology; however, I also integrate a wide array of tools, such as stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and geological mapping to explore outstanding problems in historical geobiology and global tectonics. Almost all of my projects are multidisciplinary and involve collaboration with colleagues of diverse field and analytical expertise.

603-646-6954
Fairchild 222
HB 6105
Department(s): 
Earth Sciences
Center(s): 
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
Education: 
B.A. Colorado College
M.S. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

Colpron, M., Strauss, J.V., and McClelland, W.C., 2018 (online), Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronological and Hf isotopic constraints on the geological evolution of North Yukon, in Piepjohn, K., Strauss, J.V., Reinhardt, L. and McClelland, W.C., eds., Circum-Arctic Structural Events: Tectonic Evolution of the Arctic Margins and Trans-Arctic Links with Adjacent Orogens: Geological Society of America Special Papers, v. xxx., p. xxx.

Fraser, T.A., Crawford, I., Gadd, M.G., Henderson, K., Layton-Matthews, D., Melchin, M., Peter, J.M., Sack, P.J., Sperling, E., and Strauss, J.V., 2018, An overview of shale studies in Yukon during the 2017 field season, in MacFarlane, K.E., ed., Yukon Exploration and Geology 2017: Yukon Geological Survey, p. 37–45.

Nelson, L.L., Strauss, J.V., Crockford, P.W., Cox, G.M., Johnson, B.G., Ward, W., Colpron, M., McClelland, W.C., and Macdonald, F.A., 2018 (online), Neodymium isotopic and geochemical constraints on the provenance of pre-Mississippian sedimentary rocks in the North Slope of Yukon and Alaska, in Piepjohn, K., Strauss, J.V., Reinhardt, L. and McClelland, W.C., eds., Circum-Arctic Structural Events: Tectonic Evolution of the Arctic Margins and Trans-Arctic Links with Adjacent Orogens: Geological Society of America Special Papers, v. xxx., p. xxx.

Strauss, J.V., Johnson, B.G., Colpron, M., Nelson, L.L., **Perez, J., Benowitz, J.A., Ward, W., and McClelland, W.C., 2018 (online), Pre-Mississippian stratigraphy and provenance of the North Slope subterrane of Arctic Alaska II: Basinal rocks of the northeastern Brooks Range and their significance in circum-Arctic evolution, in Piepjohn, K., Strauss, J.V., Reinhardt, L. and McClelland, W.C., eds., Circum-Arctic Structural Events: Tectonic Evolution of the Arctic Margins and Trans-Arctic Links with Adjacent Orogens: Geological Society of America Special Papers, v. xxx., p. xxx.

Strauss, J.V., Macdonald, F.A., and McClelland, W.C., 2018 (online), Pre-Mississippian stratigraphy and provenance of the North Slope subterrane of Arctic Alaska I: Platformal rocks of the northeastern Brooks Range and their significance in circum-Arctic evolution, in Piepjohn, K., Strauss, J.V., Reinhardt, L. and McClelland, W.C., eds., Circum-Arctic Structural Events: Tectonic Evolution of the Arctic Margins and Trans-Arctic Links with Adjacent Orogens: Geological Society of America Special Papers, v. xxx., p. xxx.

Cohen, P.A., Irvine, S., and Strauss, J.V., 2017, Vase-shaped microfossils from the Callison Lake Formation of Yukon, Canada: Taxonomy, taphonomy, and stratigraphic paleobiology: Palaeontology, v. 60, no. 5, p. 1-19.

Cohen, P.A., Strauss, J.V., Rooney, A.D., Sharma, M., and Tosca, N.J., 2017, Controlled hydroxyapatite biomineralization in an ~810 million-year-old unicellular eukaryote: Science Advances, v. 3, n. 6, p. 1-8.

Eyster, A.E., Fu, R.R., Strauss, J.V., Weiss B.J., Roots, C.F., Halverson, G.P., Evans, D.A.D., and Macdonald, F.A., 2017, Paleomagnetic evidence for a 50 degree rotation of the Yukon block relative to Laurentia: Implications for a low-latitude Sturtian glaciation and the break-up of Rodinia: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 129, no. 1/2, p. 38–58.

Miller, A.J., Strauss, J.V., Halverson, G.P., Macdonald, F.A., Johnston, D.T., and Sperling, E.A., 2017, Tracking the onset of Phanerozoic-style redox-sensitive trace metal enrichments: New data from basal Ediacaran post-glacial strata in NW Canada: Chemical Geology, v. 457, p. 24–37.

Strauss, J.V., Hoiland, C.W., and Nelson, L.L., 2017, Field Report: Exploring the Doonerak fenster of the central Brooks Range, Alaska, USA: Geoscience Frontiers, v. 8, p. 915–918.

Strauss, J.V., Hoiland, C.W., Ward, W., Johnson, B.G., Nelson, L., and McClelland, W.C., 2017, Orogen transplant: Taconic–Caledonian magmatism in the Brooks Range of Alaska: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 129, no. 5/6, p. 649–676.