Brennan Young


My research involves the employment GIS and RS technologies to automate the detection and analysis of land surface processes, particularly as it concerns forcings on land surface architecture. My dissertation especially involves semantic modeling of ambiguously defined landforms and geomorphometry.

My previous research has involved better understanding structural kinematics using the geometry of deformation bands in Mesozoic and Paleogene sandstones (BS), assessing geothermometry on hot spring water (BS), characterizing vein networks in mudrocks (MS), using gypsum veins on Earth as analogs to similar veins on Mars (MS), and geologic mapping at the 1:24,000 scale (MS).

Selected Publications

Young, B., Huth, T., Cerling, T., Chan, M., Marchetti, D., 2014, Preliminary geologic map of the Torrey, Utah 7.5’ Quadrangle, presentation at the GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Kampman, N., Maskell, A., Bickle, M., Evans, J., Schaller, M., Purser, G., Zhou, Z., Gattacceca, J., Peitre, E., Rochelle, C., Ballentine, C., Busch, A., and Scientists of the GRDP, Scientific drilling and downhole fluid sampling of a natural CO2 reservoir, Green River, Utah.

Young, B., Shervais, K., Ponce-Zepeda, N., Rosove, S., Evans, J., 2013, Hydrogeochemistry, geothermometry, and structural setting of thermal springs in northern Utah and southeastern Idaho, Utah Geological Survey Open-File Report 605, CD-ROM.

Prante, M., Young, B., 2011, presentation of the use of the mobile devices (i.e., iPad) in geologic field research to Utah State Department of Geology faculty and students.

Shervais, K., Young, B., Ponce-Zepeda, M., Rosove, S., 2011, Integrated field analysis of thermal springs, EOS, Trans. Am. Geophys. Un., Fall meeting #H51C-1224.

Shervais, K., Ponce-Zepeda, M., Rosove, S., Young, B., 2011, Team Gryphon Progress Report, presentation of research to Utah State University Department of Geology faculty and students.

Young, B., 2011, Kinematic structural analysis of the Cloverly and Fort Union formations on the Shell Shelf and at Sheep Mountain in the Eastern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, in Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Keck Research Symposium in Geology.


MS Geology, University of Utah, 2016

BS Geology, Utah State University, 2012

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Michael Bishop

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