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FORREST HORTON

horton@caltech.edu
(406) 396-9050


CURRENT POSITION

Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. Investigating subgrain-scale noble gas distributions in mantle olivine with Kenneth Farley. 


EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara. Himalaya gneiss dome formation, focused radiogenic heating in southern Madagascar, and fertilization of the Neoproterozoic ocean by mantle-derived phosphorus. June, 2015. Doctoral advisor Bradley Hacker.

M.S. in Geology, San Francisco State University. Geochronology of the Zanskar Himalaya, 2011. Masters advisor Mary Leech.

B.A., Bowdoin College. Geology Major and Environmental Studies Coordinate Major, 2008. Undergraduate advisor Rachel Beane.

University of Montana. Field geology coursework, 2007. 

University of Otago, New Zealand. Petrology and hydrology coursework, 2006. 


PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS    

Di Vincenzo, G., Horton, F., Palmeri, R., 2016, Protracted (~ 30 Ma) eclogite-facies metamorphism in northern Victoria Land (Antarctica): Implications for the geodynamics of the Ross/Delamerian Orogen: Gondwana Research.

Horton, F., Hacker, B., Kylander-Clark, A., Holder, R., Jöns, N., 2016, Focused radiogenic heating of middle crust caused ultrahigh temperatures in southern Madagascar: Tectonics, v. 35, 293–314.

Horton, F., 2015, Did phosphorus derived from weathering of large igneous provinces fertilize the Neoproterozoic ocean? Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 16, 1723–1738.

Horton, F., Lee, J., Hacker, B., Bowman-Kamaha'o, M, Cosca, M., 2014, Himalaya gneiss dome formation in the middle crust and exhumation by normal faulting: New geochronology of Gianbul dome, northwestern India: GSA Bulletin, v. 126, B31005.1.

Horton, F., Leech, M.L., 2013, Age and origin of granites in the Karakoram shear zone and Greater Himalaya Sequence, NW India: Lithosphere, v. 5, p. 300–320.

Tucker, R.D., Belkin, H.E., Schulz, K.J., Peters, S.G., Horton, F., Buttleman, K., Scott, E.R., 2012, A major rare-earth element (LREE) resource in the Khanneshin carbonatite complex, Southern Afghanistan: Economic Geology, v. 107, p. 197–208.


THESES

Horton, F., 2015. Himalaya gneiss dome formation, focused radiogenic heating in southern Madagascar, and fertilization of the Neoproterozoic ocean by mantle-derived phosphorus. University of California, Santa Barbara, 180 pp.

Horton, F., 2011, Geochronology and zircon geochemistry of Greater Himalaya leucogranites in Zanskar, NW India, San Francisco State University Archives, 104 pp.

Horton, F., Beane, R.J., 2008. EBSD and HRXCT analysis of elongated garnets of the Spring Point Formation, Casco Bay, ME. Bowdoin College Archives, Thesis 2008 H6, 45 pp, CD-ROMs 1–2. 


PRESENTATIONS

July, 2015: CO2 flushing of the lower crust: Insights from the charnockite domain exposed in Madagascar and southern India. Deep Carbon Observatory Thematic Institute, Berkeley, Oral presentation. 

December 2014: Radiogenic heating to ultrahigh temperature: Geochronology and 4+ thermometry across southern Madagascar. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation

October 2014: Did mantle-derived phosphorus fertilize the Cryogenian ocean? Geologic Society of America Fall Meeting, Oral presentation

December 2013: Geochronology and 4+ thermometry of ultrahigh-temperature (UHT) metamorphism in southern Madagascar. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation

October 2013: Gianbul gneiss dome, northwest Himalaya: geochronologic and thermochronologic constraints on formation and exhumation. Geologic Society of America Fall Meeting, Oral presentation

December 2010: U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology of leucogranites from the Greater Himalayan Sequence in Zanskar and from the Karakoram fault zone, NW India. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation

December 2009: Himalayan Leucogranites from the Zanskar Region, Northern India. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation

April 2008: EBSD and HRXCT analysis of elongated garnets of the Spring Point Formation, Casco Bay, ME. Geological Society of Maine Spring Meeting (Brunswick, ME). Poster and oral presentations


GRANTS AND AWARDS

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, 2015.

G.K. Gilbert Award, University of California Santa Barbara Department of Earth Science, 2015.

Alumni Graduate Award for Research Excellence, University of California Santa Barbara Department of Earth Science, 2015.

Migues Field Research Prize, University of California Santa Barbara Department of Earth Science, 2013.

Doctoral Fellowship, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011–2015.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010–2014. 

Global War on Terror Civilian Service Medal, 2010. Recognition for working in a war zone for more than 60 consecutive days on a project related to national security. 

Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grant, 2010.

Arthur M. Hussey Geology Award, for scholarship and fieldwork in Geology, 2008.

Maine Space Grant Consortium Fellowship for undergraduate research on garnet microstructure in collaboration with UT Austin, 2007.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor. Earth 10: Antarctica. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015.

Teaching Assistant. Earth 20: Catastrophes. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015.

Teaching Assistant. Earth 18: Introductory Field Geology. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015.

Teaching Assistant. Earth 104b: Spring Field Geology. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012.

Co-teacher of Middle School Geology. Designed and co-taught hands-on lessons in a 6th grade Earth Sciences classroom as part of a Science Partners in K-12 Education course, 2009. 

Volunteer English Teacher. Taught in the rural village Mulbekh, northwestern India in coordination with the Omprakash Foundation, 2009. 


FAVORITE HOBBIES

Trail running

Nordic and backcountry skiing

Landscape oil painting

Reading history of all sorts