Nicole West
Assistant Professor
Earth Surface Processes, Critical Zone Science
Brooks Hall 318

Dr. West is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the International Association of Geochemists.


  • Ph.D., Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Geosciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • B.S., Geology and Environmental Studies, James Madison University

Professional Interests

  • Earth Surface Processes
  • Critical Zone Science
  • Cosmogenic Radionuclide Chemistry
  • Water-Rock Interactions

Teaching Areas

  • GEL 201: Earth History
  • GEL 413: Geomorphology
  • ENS 307: Environmental Field Sampling and Laboratory Analytics

Selected Publications

  • Sullivan, P.L., Ma, L., West, N., Steinhoefel, G., Jin, L., Noireaux, J., Hynek, S., Gaines, K., Gaillardet, J., Derry, L.A., Meek, K., Karwan, D.L., Yesavage, T., Fantle, M.S., Brantley, S.L., 2016, CZ-tope at Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO: Testing multiple isotope proxies to elucidate Critical Zone Processes across timescales in a temperate forested landscape. Chemical Geology. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.05.012.
  • Harpold, A. A., Marshall, J. A., Lyon, S. W., Barnhart, T. B., Fisher, B. A., Donovan, M., Brubaker, K. M., Crosby, C. J., Glenn, N. F., Glennie, C. L., Kirchner, P. B., Lam, N., Mankoff, K. D., McCreight, J. L., Molotch, N. P., Musselman, K. N., Pelletier, J., Russo, T., Sangireddy, H., Sjöberg, Y., Swetnam, T., and West, N., 2015, Laser vision: lidar as a transformative tool to advance critical zone science, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 2881-2897. doi:10.5194/hess-19-2881-2015, 2015.
  • West, N., Kirby, E., Bierman, P., Clarke, B., 2014, Aspect-dependent variations in regolith creep revealed by meteoric 10Be, Geology, doi:10.1130/G35357.1.
  • West, N., Kirby, E., Bierman, P., Slingerland, R., Ma, L., Brantley, S., Rood, D., 2013, Regolith production and transport in the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory: Part 2 - insights from meteoric 10Be, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 118(3), 1877 – 1896. doi:10.1002/jgrf.20121.
  • Ma, L., Chabaux, F., West, N., Kirby, E., Jin, L., Brantley, S., 2013, Regolith production and transport in the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory: Part 1 - insights from Uranium series disequilibrium, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface118(2), 722 – 740. doi:10.1002/jgrf.20037.
  • West, N., Schreiber, M., Gotkowitz, M., 2012, Arsenic release from chlorine-promoted alteration of a sulfide cement horizon: evidence from batch studies on the St. Peter Sandstone, Wisconsin, USA, Applied Geochemistry, 27, 2215 – 2224. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2012.01.019
  • West, N., Kirby, E., Bierman, P., Rood, D., 2011, Preliminary estimates of regolith generation and mobility in the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory, Pennsylvania, using meteoric 10Be, Applied Geochemistry, v.26, S146 – S148. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.053​