Justin V. Strauss

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Academic Appointments

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

2020:

Faehnrich, K., Majka, J., Schneider, D., Mazur, S., Manecki, M., Ziemniak, G., Wala, V.T., and Strauss, J.V., 2020, Geochronological constraints on Caledonian strike-slip displacement in Svalbard, with implications for the evolution of the Arctic: Terra Nova, v. 32, p. 290–299.

Laakso, T.A., Strauss, J.V., and Peterson, K.J., 2020, Herbivory and its effect on Phanerozoic oxygen concentrations: Geology, v. 48, p. 410–414.

Strauss, J.V. and Tosca, N.J., 2020, Mineralogical constraints on Neoproterozoic pCO2 and marine carbonate chemistry: Geology, v. 48, p. 599–603.

 

2019:

Ahm, A-S., Maloof, A.C., Macdonald, F.A., Hoffman, P.F., Bjerrum, C.J., Bold, U., Rose, C.V., Strauss, J.V, and Higgins, J.A., 2019, An early diagenetic deglacial origin for basal Ediacaran “cap dolostones”: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 506, p. 292–307.

Bazarnik, J., Majka, J., McClelland, W.C., Strauss, J.V., Kósminska, K., Piepjohn, K., Elvevold, S., Czupyt, Z., and Mikuš, T., 2019, U-Pb zircon dating of metaigneous rocks from the Nordbreen Nappe of Svalbard’s Ny-Friesland terrane suggests their affinity to Northeast Greenland: Terra Nova, v. 31, p. 518-526.

Busch, J.F., Strauss, J.V., Saylor, M.H., Allen, T.J., Faehnrich, K., and Taylor, J.F., 2019, Preliminary observations of the Bouvette Formation at Nadaleen Mountain, Yukon (NTS 106C/2,3): in MacFarlane , K.E., ed., Yukon Exploration and Geology 2018: Yukon Geological Survey, p. 19-42.

Colpron, M., Strauss, J.V., and McClelland, W.C., 2019, 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 Paper 541, p. 397–437.

Johnson, B.G., Strauss, J. V., Taylor, J. F., Ward, W. P., Colpron, M., McClelland, W. C., Toro, J., 2019, Geochronology, paleontology, and geochemistry from the Whale Mountain allochthon of the northeastern Brooks Range, 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 Paper 541, p. 439–472.

Moynihan, D., Strauss, J.V., Padget, C.M., and Nelson, L.L., 2019, Upper part of the Windermere Supergroup in the Nadaleen River area, east-central Yukon: stratigraphy, regional correlations and implications for development of the western Laurentian margin: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 131, no. 9/10, p. 1673–1701.

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., 2019, 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 Paper 541, p. 573–592.

Strauss, J.V., Macdonald, F.A., and McClelland, W.C., 2019a, 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 Paper 541, p. 493–524.

Strauss, J.V., Johnson, B.G., Colpron, M., Nelson, L.L., Perez, J., Benowitz, J.A., Ward, W., and McClelland, W.C., 2019b, 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 Paper 541, p. 525–572.

Ward, W.P., Strauss, J.V., Johnson, B.G., McClelland, W.C., Colpron, M., von Gosen, W., Piepjohn, K., Cobble, M., Crockford, P.W., and Landis, J., 2019, Age, geochemistry and significance of Devonian felsic magmatism in the North Slope subterrane, 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 Paper 541, p. 593–618.