Leslie J. Sonder

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences

I use both field and theoretical techniques to investigate the fundamental processes driving large-scale continental deformation. It is important to understand these processes because over tens of millions of years they, in combination with surface erosional processes, are responsible for shaping the earth as we know it: the configuration of the continents, the locations and sizes of mountain belts, and the regions of significant earthquake and volcanic hazards.

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Fairchild, Room 223
HB 6105


Earth Sciences


  • A.B. Washington University, 1981
  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1986

Selected Publications

  • Feng, X, Posmentier, ES, Sonder, LJ, and Fan, N., 2019, Rethinking Craig and Gordon's approach to modeling isotopic compositions of marine boundary layer vapor, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4005-4024, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4005-2019.

  • Kopec, B.,G Feng, X, Posmentier, ES, and Sonder,  LJ, 2018, Seasonal deuterium excess variations of precipitation at Summit, Greenland, and their climatological significance, J. Geophysical Res.- Atmospheres, 124, 72-91, https://doi-org.dartmouth.idm.oclc.org/10.1029/2018JD028750

  • Putman, A, Posmentier, E, Sonder, LJ, Feng, X, 2017, Annual variation in precipitation δ2H reflects vapor source region at Barrow, AK, J. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4627-4639, https://doi:10.5194/acp-17-4627-2017.

  • Putman, AL, Feng, X, Posmentier, ES, Faiia, AM, and Sonder, LJ, 2017, Testing a novel method for initializing air parcel back trajectories in precipitating clouds using reanalysis data, J. Atmos. Ocean Tech, 34, 2393-2405, 2017, https://doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-17-0053.1

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