M. Robinson Cecil

Department of Geological Sciences

18111 Nordhoff St.

Northridge, CA 91330-8266

(818) 677 – 7009

robinson.cecil@csun.edu

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, 2009

Department of Geosciences

Advisor: Prof. Mihai Ducea

Dissertation Title: Development and Application of Geochronometric Techniques to the Study of Sierra Nevada Uplift and the Dating of Authigenic Sediments

 

M.S., University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, 2004

Department of Geosciences

Advisor: Prof. Clement Chase

Thesis Title: Stratigraphic Analyses of Eocene Fluvial Gravels: Implications for the Cenozoic Uplift History of the Sierra Nevada, California

 

B.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, 2000

Geology and Spanish; Magna cum laude

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

 

2017 - present  Associate Professor, California State University Northridge. Northridge, CA

 

2011 - 2017       Assistant Professor, California State University Northridge. Northridge, CA

 

2010 – 2011       Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA

                            Primary Reseach Aims: Use of low-temperature thermochronometry to constrain

                            the timing and magnitude of recent subsidence and uplift in the SW Sierra

                            Nevada, CA, related to mantle lithosphere removal.

                            Supervisor: Prof. Jason Saleeby

 

2009 – 2010       Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

                            Primary Research Aims: Development of new analytical methods for combined

                            U-Pb and Hf isotope analysis, and application of those methods to understanding

                            the architecture of the Canadian Coast Mountain Batholith.

                            Supervisor: Prof. George Gehrels

 

2002 – 2009       Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geosciences

                            University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

                            During my time at the University of Arizona, I taught seven different classes

                            ranging from entry-level geology courses for non-scientists to upper level core

                            courses for geo-majors.

 

2006                   Earth Science Intern (3 months) at Chevron, Houston TX

 

2005                   Earth Science Intern (3 months) at Chevron, Bakersfield CA

 

2000 – 2001       Instructor, Outdoor Environmental Education and Leadership School

                            George Williams College, Williams Bay WI

 

GRANTS

 

2014 - 2017       NSF-EAR Tectonics. RUI:Collaborative Research: Evaluating the influence of crustal deformation on episodic                                   magmatism: southern Coast Mountains batholith, British Columbia. With Margaret Rusmore (Occidental                                         College), George Gehrels (University of Arizona), and Harold Stowell (University of Alabama).

 

2013 - 2016       NSF-EAR Tectonics. Collaborative Research: Elucidating the geologic record of Late Paleozoic subduction                                         initiation along the southwestern margin of Laurentia, southern California and Sonora, Mexico. With Kathie                                   Marsaglia (CSUN) and Nancy Riggs (Northern Arizona University).

 

2013                   CSUN Research, Scholarship, and Creative Awards: The importance of Jurassic high-flux magmatism in the                                     northern Sierra Nevada, California

 

2012                   CSUN Research, Scholarship, and Creative Awards: Initiation of subduction along the SW North American                                       margin, as recorded in volcanic and sedimentary rocks of the El Paso Mountains, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS

·       Riggs, N.R., Oberling, Z.A., Howell, E.R., Parker, W.G., Barth, A.P., Cecil, M.R., Walker, J.D., accepted, Sources of volcanic detritus in the basal Chinle Formation, southwestern North America, and implications for the Early Mesozoic magmatic arc: Geosphere.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Saleeby, Z., Saleeby, J.B., Farley, K.A., 2014, Pliocene – Quaternary subsidence and exhumation of the southeastern San Joaquin Basin, California, in response to mantle lithosphere removal: Geosphere, v.10, p. 129-147.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Rotberg, G.L., Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J.B., and Gehrels, G.E., 2012, Magmatic growth and batholithic root development in the northern Sierra Nevada, California: Geosphere, v. 8, p. 592 - 606.

 

·       Lackey, J.S., Cecil, M.R., Windham, C.J., Frazer, R.E., Bindeman, I.N., and Gehrels, G.E., 2012, Fine Gold Intrusive Suite: The roles of basement terranes and magma source development in the Early Cretaceous Sierra Nevada batholith: Geosphere, v. 8, p. 292 - 313.

 

·       Girardi, J.D., Patchett, P.J., Ducea, M.N., Gehrels, G.E., Cecil, M.R., Rusmore, M.E., Woodsworth, G., Pearson, D.M., and Manthei, C., 2012, Elemental and isotopic evidence for granitoid genesis from deep-seated sources in the Coast Mountains Batholith, British Columbia: Journal of Petrology, v. 53, p. 1505-1536.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Gehrels, G.E., Ducea, M.N., and Patchett, P.J., 2011, U-Pb-Hf characterization of the central Coast Mountains batholith: Implications for petrogenesis and crustal architecture: Lithosphere, v. 3, p. 247 - 260.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., and Ducea, M.N., 2010, K-Ca ages of authigenic sediments: Examples from Paleozoic glauconite and applications to low-temperature thermochronometry: International Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 100, p. 1783 - 1790.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Ducea, M.N., Reiners, P.R., Gehrels, G.E., Mulch, A., Allen, C., and Campbell, I., 2010, Provenance of Eocene fluvial deposits from the central-northern Sierra Nevada and implications for paleotopography: Tectonics, v. 29, 13 p.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Chase, C.G., and Wolfe, J.A., 2007, Geologic and stratigraphic context of paleoflora from Eocene river systems, Northern Sierra Nevada, California: Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, v. 258, p. 119-128. (Special paleobotany volume honoring Wolfe and Dilcher)

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Ducea, M.N., Reiners, P.W., and Chase, C.G., 2006, Cenozoic exhumation of the northern Sierra Nevada, California, from (U-Th)/He thermochronology: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 118, p. 1481-1488.

 

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS (last 5 years; * student author)

·       Cecil, M.R., Rusmore, M.E., Gehrels, G., Woodsworth, G.J., *Yokelson, I.N., *Chisom, C., *Trautman, M., *Homan, E., 2016, Along-strike variation in the magmatic development of the Coast Mountains batholith, British Columbia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.7, p.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., *Ferrer, M., Riggs, N.R., Marsaglia, K.M., 2016, Early Cordilleran arc development recorded in Late Permian and Early Triassic plutons of the northern Mojave Desert, California: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.7, p.

 

·       Riggs, N.R., Barth, A.P., Walker, J.D., Lindner, P., Gonzalez-Leon, C., Cecil, M.R., Marsaglia, K.M., 2016, Implications of Permian magmatism in southwest Laurentia for tectonic reconstructions: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.7, p.

 

·       *McDonald, E., Cecil, M.R., Marsaglia, K.M., Heermance, R.V., Riggs, N.R., 2016, Stratigraphy and detrital zircon geochronology of the El Paso Mountains Permian metasedimentary sequence, southern California: A unique record of arc emergence along southwestern Laurentia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.7, p.

 

·       *Dobbs, S.C., Riggs, N.R., Gonzalez-Leon, C., Cecil, M.R., Marsaglia, K.M., 2016, The Middle-Upper Permian Monos Formation: Detrital zircon and stratigraphic evidence for Laurentian subduction initiation, Northwestern Sonora, Mexico: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.4.

 

·       *McDonald, E., Cecil, M.R., Marsaglia, K.M., Heermance, R.V., Riggs, N.R., 2016, Stratigraphy and detrital zircon geochronology of Permian deposits within the El Paso Mountains, southern California: A unique record of subduction initiation along southwestern Laurentia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.4.

 

·       *Homan, E., Cecil, M.R., Gehrels, G.E., Rusmore, M.E., 2016, New U-Pb ages and zircon Hf isotope data from the southern Coast Mountains batholith and implications for along strike variation in magmatism: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.4.

 

·       *Ferrer, M., Cecil, M.R., Riggs, N.R., 2016, Dating early arc magmatism in the Western North American Cordillera – A study from the El Paso Mountains, California: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.4.

 

·          *Cohen, H.R., Zhao, V., Heermance, R.V., Cecil, M.R., 2016, Constraints on the reorganization of the San Andreas Fault system in the Late Miocene based on drainage development and syn-tectonic deposition of the Hungry Valley Formation, Pejon Pass, CA: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, n.4.

 

·       Riggs, N.R., Cecil, M.R., Stone, P., Stevens, C., *Sanchez, T.B., 2015, Permian arc magmatism and its detrital record in southwest Laurentia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.47, no.7, p.162.

 

·       *Yokelson, I., Gehrels, G.E., Cecil, M.R., Rusmore, M.E., 2015, U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotope geochemistry of the southern Coast Mountains batholith, British Columbia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.47, no.7, p.494.

 

·       *Trautman, M., Cecil, M.R., Rusmore, M.E., Woodsworth, G.J., 2015, New U-Pb ages from plutons in the southern Coast Mountains Batholith, British Columbia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.47, no.7, p.529.

 

·       *Cohen, H., *Zhao, V., Heermance, R.V., Cecil, M.R., 2015, Reorganization of the San Andreas Fault system near Tejon Pass in the Late Miocene and implications for drainage development and long-term slip rates: Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Fall Meeting.

 

·       Riggs, N.R., Gonzalez-Leon, C.M., Cecil, M.R., Marsaglia, K., Navas-Parejo, P., 2014, Age of the Permian Monos Formation, northern Sonora, Mexico, and implications for the initiation of the cordilleran magmatic arc: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.46, no.6, p.377.

 

·       Rusmore, M.E., Gehrels, G.E., Cecil, M.R., Stowell, H., Woodsworth, G.J., Pecha, M., *Yokelson, I., *Chisom, C., *Trautman, M., *Bogue, R.R., 2014, Plutonic and structural framework, southern Coast Mountains batholith, Bute inlet to Mt. Waddington: Preliminary results: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.46, no.6, p.173.

 

·       *Yokelson, I., Gehrels, G.E., Cecil, M.R., Pecha, M., Rusmore, M.E., 2014, U-Pb geochronology and field studies in the southern Coast Mountains batholith, British Columbia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.46, no.6, p.362.

 

·       *Chisom, C., Cecil, M.R., Rusmore, M.E., Woodsworth, G., 2014, New U-Pb zircon ages from plutons of the Mt. Waddington region, southern Coast Mountains batholith, British Columbia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.46, no.6, p.514.

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Saleeby, Z., Saleeby, J., Farley, K., 2013, Pliocene – Quaternary topographic transients in the southeastern San Joaquin Valley, California, linked to mantle lithosphere removal: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.47, no.7, p.222.

 

·       Lackey, J.S., Cecil, M.R., Miller, J.S., Sendek, C.L., Eisenberg, J.L., Economos, R., Davies, G.R., 2013, Small volume peraluminous granites as windows into anatectic conversion of accreted terranes to crust in continental arcs: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.45, no.6, p.56.

 

·       Saleeby, Z., Saleeby, J., Cecil, M.R., 2013, Geologic development of the Kern Arch, southeastern San Joaquin basin, California: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.45, no.6, p.2. 

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Saleeby, Z., LePourhiet, L., Saleeby, J., Farley, K., 2012, Post – 6 Ma subsidence and exhumation of the southeastern San Joaquin basin, California, in response to mantle lithosphere removal: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.44, no.7, p.489.

 

·       Saleeby, Z., Cecil, M.R., Saleeby, J., 2012, Temporal relations of three dimensional mantle lithosphere delamination resolved in southeastern Great Valley’s subsidence-uplift history, Sierra Nevada microplate, California: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.44, no.7, p.490. 

 

·       Cecil, M.R., Rotberg, G.L., Ducea, M.N., Saleeby, J.B., and Gehrels, G.E., 2011, Petrogenetic growth and batholithic root development in the northern Sierra Nevada, California: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, T53A-2484

 

INVITED TALKS

 

USC - Lithospheric Dynamics group (2017)

CSU - Fresno (2016)

Cal Poly Pomona (2016)

CSU – Bakersfield (2014)

CSU – Fullerton (2012)

UCLA “geocheminar” (2012)

USC (2011)

CSU-Northridge (2010)

Caltech Tectonics Observatory (2010)

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

 

·       American Geophysical Union

·       Geological Society of America

·       Mineralogical Society of America

·       Association of Women Geologists

·       Women in Science and Engineering