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B.S., University of Wisconsin, Geology and Geophysics', 1980
M.S., University of Washington, Geology, 1983
PhD, University of Washington, Geology, 1987
TEACHING AND RESEARCH
Dr. Leithold's teaching and research interests center on the study of modern and ancient continental margin sediments and why they tell what they tell us about Earth surface processes.
Past research projects have included reconstructions of sediment transport processes and sea-level change history along the coast of California in Plio-Pleistocene time and near the margin of the Western Interior Seaway during the Cretaceous Period. More recently, Dr. Leithold has been investigating the role
sedimentary particles in organic carbon cycling. A project recently funded by the National Science Foundation focuses on how the rate of erosion in mountainous
watersheds controls the age and reactivity of organic carbon discharged to active continental margins. This work, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Neal Blair, involves
investigation of six rivers in northern California, Oregon, and New Zealand.
Blair, N.E., Leithold, E.L., Brackley, H., Trustrum, N., Page, M., and Childress, L.B., in review, Terrestrial Sources and Export of Particulate Organic Carbon in the Waipaoa Sedimentary System: Problems, Progress and Processes: submitted to Marine Geology.
Leithold, E.L, Blair, N.E., and Perkey, D.W., 2006, Geomorphological controls on the age of particulate organic carbon in small mountainous and upland rivers: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v.20, GB3022, doi: 10.1029/2005GB002677.
Leithold, E.L., Perkey, D.W., Blair, N.E., and Creamer, T.N., 2005, Sedimentation and carbon burial on the northern California continental shelf: the signatures of land-use change: Continental Shelf Research, v.25, p.349-371.
Blair, N.E., Leithold, E.L., and Aller, R.A., 2004, From bedrock to burial: the evolution of particulate organic carbon across coupled watershed-continental margin systems: Marine Chemistry, v.92. 141-156.
Blair, N.E., Leithold, E.L., Ford, S.T., Peeler, K.A., Holmes, J.C., and Perkey, D.W., 2003, The persistence of memory: The fate of ancient sedimentary organic carbon in a modern sedimentary system: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v.67, p.63-73.