Paul L. Heller - Selected Publications

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Heller, P.L., and Liu, L., 2016, Dynamic topography and vertical motion of the U.S. Rocky Mountain Region prior to, and during, the Laramide Orogeny: Geological Society of America Bulletin, in press.


(PDF) Heller, P.L., Ratigan, D.R., Trampush, S.M., Noda, A., McEloy, B., Drever, J., and Huzurbazar, S., 2015, Origins of bimodal stratigraphy in fluvial deposits: An example from the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic), Western U.S.A.: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 85, p. 1466-1477.


(PDF) Fan, M., Heller, P., Allen, S.D., Hough, B. G., 2014, Middle Cenozoic uplift and concomitant drying in the central Rocky Mountains and adjacent Great Plains: Geology, v. 42, no. 6, p. 527-550.

(PDF) Lynds, R. M., Mohrig, D. Hajek, E. A., Heller, P.L., 2014, Paleoslope reconstruction in sandy suspended-load-dominate rivers: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 84, p. 825-836. Doi:


(PDF) Heller, P.L., Mathers, G., Dueker, K., Foreman, B., 2013, Far-travelled latest Cretaceous-Paleocene conglomerates of the Southern Rocky Mountains, USA: Record of transient Laramide tectonism: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, no. 3-4, p. 490-498. doi: 10.1130/B30699.1

(PDF) Foreman, B.Z., Clementz, M.T., and Heller, P.L., 2013, Evaluation of paleoclimatic conditions east and west of the southern Canadian Cordillera in the mid-late Paleocene using bulk organic delta 13 C records: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 376, p. 103-113.

(PDF) Xie, X., and Heller, P.L., 2013, U/Pb detrital zircon geochronology and its implications; the early Late Triassic Yanchang Formation, south Ordos Basin, China: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 64, p. 86-98.


(PDF) Hajek, E.A., Heller, P.L., and Schur, E.L., 2012, Field test of autogenic control on alluvial stratigraphy (Ferris Formation, Upper Cretaceous-Paleogene, Wyoming): Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 124, no. 11-12, doi: 10.1130/B30526.1, p. 1841-1857.

(PDF) Foreman, B.Z. , Heller, P.L., Clementz, M.T., 2012, Fluvial response to abrupt global warming at the Palaeocene/Eocene boundary: Nature, v. 491, doi: 10.1038/nature11513, p. 92-95.

(PDF) Hajek, E.A., and Heller, P.L., 2012, Flow-depth scaling in alluvial architecture and nonmarine sequence stratigraphy: Example from the Castlegate Sandstone, central Utah, U.S.A.: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 82, no. 2, doi: 10.2110/jsr.2012.8, p. 121-130.

Allen, P.A., and Heller, P.L., 2012, Dispersal and preservation of tectonically generated alluvial gravels in sedimentary basins, in Busby, C., and Perez, A.A., eds., Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins: Recent Advances: Chichester, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell, p. 111-130.


(PDF 1.1 Mb) Heller, P.L., McMillan, M.E., and Humphrey, N., 2011, Climate-induced formation of a closed basin: Great Divide Basin, Wyoming: Geological Society of American Bulletin, v. 123, no. 1/2, p. 150-157.


(PDF 606 Kb) Hajek, E.A., Heller, P.L., Sheets, B.A., 2010, Significance of channel-belt clustering in alluvial basins: Geology, v. 38, no. 6, p. 535-538, doi: 10.1130/G30783.1.

(PDF 2.2 Mb) Hajek, E.A., Hurzurbazar, S.V., Mohrig, D., and Heller, P., 2010, Statistical characterization of grain-size distributions in sandy fluvial systems: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 80, p. 184-192, doi: 10.2110/jsr.1010.020


(PDF 400 Kb) Xie, X., and Heller, P, 2008,Plate tectonics and basin subsidence history: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121, p. 55-64, doi: 10.1130/B26398.1


(PDF 804 Kb) McMillan, M.E., Heller, P.L., and Wing, S.L., 2006, History and causes of post-Laramide relief in the Rocky Mountain orogenic plateau: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 118, no. 3-4, p. 393-405.


(PDF 1.6 Mb) Jones, M. A., Heller, P. L., Roca, E., Garces, M., and Cabrera, L., 2004, Time lag of syntectonic sedimentation across an alluvial basin: theory and example from the Ebro Basin, Spain: Basin Research, v. 16, no. 4, p. 489-506.


(PDF 724 Kb) Heller, P.L., Dueker, K., and McMillan, M.E., Post-Paleozoic alluvial gravel transport as evidence of continental tilting in the U.S. Cordillera, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 115, p. 1122-1132.

(PDF 1.6 Mb) Liu, S., Heller, P.L., Zhang, G., Mesozoic basin development and tectonic evolution of the Dabieshan orogenic belt, central China: Tectonics, v. 22, no. 4, 1038, 10.1029/2002TC001390.


(PDF 13.2 Mb) McMillan, M.E., Angevine, C.L., and Heller, P.L., 2002, Postdepositional tilt of the Miocene-Pliocene Ogallala Group on the western Great Plains: evidence of late Cenozoic uplift of the Rocky Mountains: Geology, v. 30, p. 63-66.

(PDF 57.9 Mb) Hwang, I. G. and P. L. Heller, 2002, Anatomy of a transgressive lag: Panther Tongue Sandstone, Star Point Formation, central Utah: Sedimentology, v. 49, p. 977-1000.


(PDF 15.4 Mb) Heller, P.L., Paola, C., Hwang, I., John, B., and Steel, R., Geomorphology And Sequence Stratigraphy Due To Slow And Rapid Base-level Changes In An Experimental Subsiding Basin (XES 96-1): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 85, p. 817-838.

(PDF 10.8 Mb) Heller, P.L., Beland, P.E., Humphrey, N.F., Konrad, S.K., Lynds, R.M., McMillan, M.E., Valentine, K.E., Widman, Y.A., and Furbish, D., 2001, Paradox of downstream fining and weathering rind formation in the lower Hoh River, Olympic Peninsula, Washington: Geology, v. 29, p.971-974.

(PDF 31.1 Mb) Paola, C., Mullin, J., Ellis, C., Mohrig, D., Swenson, J.B., Parker, G., Hickson, T., Heller, P.L.; Pratson, L.; Syvitski, J., Sheets, B., Strong, N., 2001, Experimental Stratigraphy: GSA Today, v. 11,p. 4-9.


(PDF 40.4 Mb) Mohrig, D., Heller, P.L., Paola, C., and Lyons, W., Interpreting avulsion process from ancient alluvial sequences: Guadalope-Matarranya system (northern Spain) and Wasatch Formation (western Colorado)." Geological Society of America Bulletin 112(12): 1787-1803.


Guiseppe, A. C., and P. L. Heller, 1998, Long-term river response to regional doming in the Price River Formation, central Utah: Geology, v. 26, p. 239-242.

Martinson, V. S., P. L. Heller, and W. E. Frerichs, 1998, Distinguishing middle Late Cretaceous tectonic events from regional sea-level change using foraminiferal data from the U.S. Western Interior: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 110, p. 259-268.

Nummedal, D., Slingerland, R.L., Lowe, D.R., Flemings, P.B., Swift, D.J.P., Heller, P.L., Syvitski, J., Simo, J.T., Paola, C., Ashley, G.M., and Montanez, I.P., 1998, Sedimentary systems in space and time - proposed priority research intitiatives in sedimentary geology: GSA Today,


(PDF 7.7 Mb) Burns, B.A., Heller, P.L., Marzo, M., and Paola, C., 1997, Fluvial response in a sequence stratigraphic framework: Example for the Montserrat Fan Delta, Spain: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 67, no. 2, p. 311-321.


(PDF 7.1 Mb) Heller, P.L., and Paola, C., 1996, Downstream changes in alluvial architecture: An exploration of controls on channel-stacking patterns: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 66, no. 2, p. 297-306.

Heller, P.L., Anderson, D.L. and Angevine, C.L., 1996, Is the middle Cretaceous pulse of tapid sea-floor spreading real or necessary?: Geology, v. 24, p. 491-494.


Humphrey, N.F., and Heller, P.L., 1995, Natural oscillations in coupled geomorphic systems: An alternative origin for cyclic sedimentation: Geology, v. 23, no. 6, p. 499-502.

Gillespie, J.M. and Heller, P.L., 1995, Beginning of foreland subsidence in the Columbian-Sevier belts, southern Canada and northwest Montana: Geology, v. 23, p. 723-726.


Heller, P.L., and Gordon, I., 1994, "Evaluating major controls on basinal stratigraphy, Pine Valley, Nevada: Implications for syntectonic deposition" - Reply: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 106, no. 1, p. 156-157.

Miller, R.P., and Heller, P.L., 1994, Depositional framework and controls on mixed-carbonate-siliciclastic gravity flows: Pennsylvanian-Permian shelf to basin transect, southwestern Great Basin, U.S.A.: Sedimentology, v. 41, p. 1-20.

Liberty, L.M., Heller, P.L., and Smithson, S.B., Seismic reflection evidence for two-phase development of Tertiary basins from east-central Nevada: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 106, p. 1621-1633.


Heller, P.L., Burns, B.A., and Marzo, M., 1993, Stratigraphic solution sets for constraining the role of sediment supply, subsidence and sea level on transgressions and regressions: Geology, v. 21, no.8, p. 747-750.

Heller, P.L., Beekman, F., Angevine, C.L., and Cloetingh, S.A.P.L., 1993, Cause of tectonic reactivation and subtle uplifts in the Rocky Mountain region and its effect on the stratigraphic record: Geology, v. 21, no. 11, p. 1003-1006.

Gordon, I. and Heller, P.L., 1993, Evaluating major controls on basinal stratigraphy, Pine Valley, Nevada: Implications for syntectonic deposition: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 105, no. 1, p. 47-55.


Heller, P.L., Tabor, R.W., O'Neil, J.R., Pevear, D.R., Shafiqullah, M., and Winslow, N., 1992, Isotopic provenance of Paleogene sandstones from the accretionary core of the Olympic Mountains, Washington: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 104. p. 140-153.

(PDF 11 Mb) Paola, C., Heller, P.L. and Angevine, C.L., 1992, The large-scale dynamics of grain-size variation in alluvial basins, 1: Theory: Basin Research, v. 4, no. 2, p. 73-90.

Heller, P.L. and Paola, C., 1992, The large-scale dynamics of grain-size variation in alluvial basins, 2: Application to syntectonic conglomerate: Basin Research, v. 4, no. 2, p. 91-102.

Heller, P.L., Renne, P., and O'Neil, J., 1992, River mixing rate, residence time and subsidence rates from isotopic indicators: Eocene sandstones of the U.S. Pacific Northwest: Geology, v. 20, no. 12, p. 1095-1098.

Yingling, V.L., and Heller, P.L., 1992, Timing and record of foreland sedimentation during the initiation of the Sevier Orogenic belt in central Utah: Basin Research, v. 4, p. 279-290.


(PDF link) Angevine, C.L., Heller, P.L., and Paola, C., 1990, Quantitative Sedimentary Basin Modeling: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Shortcourse Note Series #32, 247 pp.


updated: Dec 22, 2015