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 tectonics of ancient orogenic belts. My primary interest is reconstructing Earth 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 geological mapping; however, I also integrate a wide array of tools, such as isotope geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and structural geology 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.

Curriculum Vitae
Fairchild 222
HB 6105
Earth Sciences
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A. Colorado College
M.S. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

Strauss, J.V., Hoiland, C.W., Ward, W., Johnson, B.G., Nelson, L., and McClelland, W.C., in press, Orogen transplant: Taconic–Caledonian magmatism in the Brooks Range of Alaska: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. xx, p. xxx.

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.

Cox, G.M., Halverson, G.P., Poirier, A., Le Heron, D., Stevenson, R., and Strauss, J.V., 2016a, A model for Cryogenian iron formation: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 433, p. 280–292.

Cox, G.M., Halverson, G.P., Stevenson, R.K., Vokaty, M., Poirier, A., Kunzmann, M., Li, Z.-X., Denyszyn, S.W., Strauss, J.V., and Macdonald, F.A., 2016b, Continental flood basalt weathering as a trigger for Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 446, p. 89–99.

Johnson, B.G., Strauss, J.V., Toro, J., Benowitz, J.A., and Ward, W.P., 2016, Detrital geochronology of pre-Mississippian strata in the northeastern Brooks Range, Alaska: Insights into the tectonic evolution of northern Laurentia: Lithosphere, v. 8, no. 6, p. 649–667.

Knoll, A.H., Bergmann, K.D., and Strauss, J.V., 2016, Life: The First Two Billion Years: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, v. 371, p. 1-13.

Sperling, E.A., Carbone, C., Strauss, J.V., Johnston, D.J., Narbonne, G.M., and Macdonald, F.A., 2016, Oxygen, facies, and secular controls on the appearance of Cryogenian and Ediacaran body and trace fossils in the Mackenzie Mountains of northwestern Canada: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 128, no. 3-4, p. 558–575.

Cox, G.M., Strauss, J.V., Halverson, G.P., McClelland, W.C., Schmitz, M., and Macdonald, F.A., 2015, Kikiktat Volcanics of Arctic Alaska: Melting of subcontinental lithospheric mantle associated with the Franklin Large Igneous Province: Lithosphere, v. 7, no. 3, p. 275–295.

Martindale, R.C., Strauss, J.V., Sperling, E.A., Johnson, J.E., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Flannery, D., French, K., Lepot, K., Mazumder, R., Rice, M.S., Schrag, D.P., Summons, R., Walter, M., Abelson, J., and Knoll, A.H., 2015, Sedimentology, chemostratigraphy and stromatolites of lower Paleoproterozoic carbonates, Turee Creek Group, Western Australia: Precambrian Research, v. 266, p. 194–211.

McClelland, W.C., Colpron, M., Piepjohn, K., von Gosen, W., Ward, W., and Strauss, J.V., 2015, Preliminary detrital zircon geochronology of the Neruokpuk Formation in the Barn Mountains, Yukon: in Yukon Exploration and Geology, K.E. MacFarlane, M.G. Nordling, and P.J. Sack (eds.), Yukon Geological Survey, p. 123–143.

Rooney, A.D., Strauss, J.V., Brandon, A.D., and Macdonald, F.A., 2015, A Cryogenian chronology: Two long-lasting, synchronous Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth glaciations: Geology, v. 43, no. 5, p. 459–462.

Strauss, J.V., Macdonald, F.A., Halverson, G.P., Tosca, N.J., Schrag, D.P., and Knoll, A.H., 2015, Stratigraphic evolution of the Neoproterozoic Callison Lake Formation: Linking the break-up of Rodinia to the Islay carbon isotope excursion: American Journal of Science, v. 315, p. 881–944.

Taylor, J.F., Allen, T.J., Repetski, J.E., Strauss, J.V., and Irwin, S.J., 2015, Life on the edge in eastern Alaska: basal Ordovician (Tremadocian) platform-margin faunas of the Jones Ridge Limestone, in S.A. Leslie, D. Goldman, and R.C. Orndorff, eds., 12th International Symposium on the Ordovician System, Short Papers and Abstracts: Stratigraphy, v. 12, no. 2, p. 70-77.