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Gudmundsdottir, M. H., Blisniuk, K., Ebert, Y. Levine, N. M., Rood, D. H., Wilson, A., and Hilley, G. E. (2013). Restraining bend tectonics in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California, imaged using 10-Be concentrations in river sands, Geology, 41 (8), 843-846, doi:10.1130/G33970.1


Hurst, M. D, Mudd, S. M. Attal, M., Hilley, G. (2013). Hillslopes record the growth and decay of landscapes, Science, 341, 868-871, doi:10.1126/science.1241791.


Lewicki, J. L., Hilley, G. E., Dobeck, L., McLing, T. L., Kennedy, B. M., Bill, M., and Marino, B. D. V. (2013). Geologic CO2 input into groundwater and the atmosphere, Soda Springs, ID, USA, Chemical Geology, 339, 61-70, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.06.013


Shelef, E., and Hilley, G. E. (in press). Impact of flow routing on catchment area calculations, slope estimates, and numerical simulations, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surfacedoi:10.1002/jgrf.20127.


DeLong, S., Prentice, C. S., Hilley, G. E., and Ebert, Y. (2012). Multitemporal ALSM change detection, sediment delivery, and process mapping at an active earthflow, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 37, 262-272, doi:10.1002/esp.2234


Lewicki, J. L., Hilley, G. E., Dobeck, L., and Marino, B. V. (2012).  Eddy covariance imaging of diffuse volcanic CO2 emissions at Mammoth Mountain, CA, USA, Bulletin of Volcanology, 74, 135-141, doi:10.1007/s00445-011-0503-y


Lewicki, J. L, and Hilley, G. E., (2012). Eddy covariance network design for mapping and quantification of surface CO2 leakage fluxes, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 7, 137-144, doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2012.01.010


Traer, M. M., Hilley, G. E., Fildani, A., and McHargue, T. (2012). The sensitivity of turbidity currents to mass and momentum exchanges between these underflows and their surroundings, Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface, 117, F01009, doi:10.1029/2011JF001990.



Chevalier, M.-L., Hilley, G. E., Tapponnier, P., Van Der Woerd, J., Liu-Zeng, J., Finkel, R. C., Ryerson, F. J., Li, H. and Liu, X. (2011).  Constraints on the late Quaternary glaciations in Tibet from cosmogenic exposure ages of moraine surfaces, Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 528-554, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.11.005


Covault, J. A., Romans, B. W., Graham, S. A., Fildani, A., & Hilley, G. E. (2011). Terrestrial source to deep-sea sink sediment budgets at high and low sea levels: Insights from tectonically active Southern California. Geology,39(7), 619-622, doi:10.1130/G31801.1

Cruz, L., Malinski, J., Hernandez, M., Take, A., and Hilley, G. E. (2011).  Erosional control of the kinematics of the Aconcagua Fold-and-thrust Belt from numerical simulations and physical experiments, Geology, 39, 439-442, doi:10.1130/G31675.1


Goodfellow, B. W., Hilley, G. E., & Schulz, M. S. (2011). Vadose zone controls on weathering intensity and depth: Observations from grussic saprolites.Applied Geochemistry26, S36-S39, doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.023

Moon, S., Chamberlain, C. P., Blisniuk, K., Levine, N., Rood, D. H., & Hilley, G. E. (2011). Climatic control of denudation in the deglaciated landscape of the Washington Cascades. Nature Geoscience4(7), 469-473, doi:10.1038/ngeo1159

Porder, S. and Hilley, G. E. (2011).  Linking chronosequences with the rest of the world—predicting soil phosphorus content in eroding landscapes, Biogeochemistry, 102, 153-166, doi:10.1007/s10533-010-9428-3



Cruz, L., Malinski, J., Wilson, A., Take, A., and G. E. Hilley (2010). Erosional control of the kinematics and geometry of fold-and-thrust belts imaged in a physical and numerical sandbox, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 115, B09404, doi:10.1029/2010JB007472

DeLong, S., Hilley, G. E., Rymer, M., and C. S. Prentice, Fault zone structure from topography: Signatures of en échelon fault slip at Mustang Ridge on the San Andreas Fault, Monterey County, California, USA, Tectonics, i29, TC5003, doi:10.1029/2010TC002673

Hilley, G. E., DeLong, S., Prentice, C., Blisniuk, K. and J R. Arrowsmith, (2010). Morphologic Dating of Fault Scarps Using Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) Data, Geophysical Research Letters37, L04301, doi:10.1029/2009GL042044 

Hilley, G. E., Chamberlain, C. P., Moon, S. G., Porder, S. and S. Willett (2010). Competition between erosion and reaction kinetics in controlling silicate weathering rates, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.01.008293, 191-199

Hilley, G. E., Mynatt, I., and Pollard, D. D. (2010). Structural geometry of Raplee Ridge monocline and thrust fault imaged using inverse Boundary Element Modeling and ALSM Data, Journal of Structural Geology32, 45-58, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2009.06.015

Lewicki, J. L., Hilley, G. E., Dobeck, L., and L. Spangler, (2010). Dynamics of CO2 fluxes and concentrations during a shallow subsurface CO2 release, Environmental Earth Sciences60, 285-297, doi:10.1007/s12665-009-0396-7

Porder, S. and Hilley, G. E. (2010) Linking chronosequences with the rest of the world - predicting soil phosphorus content in eroding landscapes, Biogeochemistry, 2010, doi:10.1007/s10533-010-9428-3

Rowland, J. C., Hilley, G. E., and Fildani, A. (2010). A test of submarine leveed channel initiation by deposition alone, Journal of Sedimentary Research80, 710-727, doi:10.2110/jsr.2010.067

Strecker, M. R., Hilley, G. E., Bookhagen, B., and Sobel, E. R. (2010). Structural, geomorphic and depositional characteristics of contiguous and broken foreland basins: examples from the eastern flanks of the central Andes in Bolivia and NW Argentina, in Busby, C. and Azor, A. (ed). Recent Advances in Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, 2010

Vitousek, P. M., Chadwick, O. A., Hilley, G. E., Kirch, P. V., and T. E. Ladefoged (2010). Erosion, geological history, and indigenous agriculture: A tale of two valleys, Ecosystems13, 782-793, doi:10.1007/s10021-010-9354-1


Hilley, G. E., Coutand, I. (2009). Links between topography, erosion, rheological heterogeneity, and deformation in contractional settings: insights from the Central Andes, Tectonophysics, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2009.06.017

Hilley, G. E., Johnson, K. M., Wang, M., Shen, Z.-K., and Bürgmann, R. (2009). Earthquake-cycle deformation and fault sip rates in northern Tibet Geology37, 31-34, ; doi:10.1130/G25157A.1

Lewicki, J. L. and Hilley, G. E. (2009), Eddy covariance mapping and quantification of CO2 leakage fluxes, Geophysical Research Letters36, L21802, doi:10.1029/2009GL040775

Lewicki, J. L., Hilley, G. E., Fisher, M., Oldenburg, C., Dobek, L., and Spangler, L. (2009). Eddy covariance observations of surface leakage during shallow subsurface CO2 releases. Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres114, D12302, doi:10.1029/2008JD011217

Strecker, M. R., Alonso, R., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Hain, M. P., Hilley, G. E., Mortimer, E., Schoenbohm, L., and Sobel, E. R. (2009). Does the topographic distribution of the central Andean Puna Plateau result from climatic or geodynamic processes? Geology37, 643-646, doi:10.1130/G25545A.1


Hilley, G. E., and Porder, S. (2008). A framework for predicting global silicate weathering and CO2 drawdown rates over geologic time-scales, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences105, 16855-16859, doi:10.1073/pnas.0801462105

Hilley, G. E., and Arrowsmith, J R. (2008).  Geomorphic response to uplift along the Dragon’s Back Pressure Ridge, Carrizo Plain, California, Geology36, 367–370, doi:10.1130/G24517A.1

Hilley, G. E., and Young, J. J. (2008). Evaluation of layer ages, earthquakes, and their recurrence II: Analysis of paleoseismic excavation data and earthquake behavior along the central and southern San Andreas Fault, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America98, 407—439, doi:10.1785/0120070012

Hilley, G. E., and Young, J. J. (2008). Evaluation of layer ages, earthquakes, and their recurrence I: Development and evaluation of new Bayesian Markov-Chain Monte Carlo simulation methods applied to excavations with continuous peat growth, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America98, 383—406, doi:10.1785/0120020077

Lewicki, J. L., Fischer, M. L., and Hilley, G. E. (2008), Six-week time series of eddy covariance CO2 flux at Mammoth Mountain, California: performance evaluation and role of meteorological forcing, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research171, 178—190, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2007.11.029


Hren M.T., Hilley G.E., Chamberlain, C.P. (2007), The relationship between tectonic uplift and chemical weathering rates in the Washington Cascades: Field measurements and model predictions, American Journal of Science307, 1041—1063, doi:10.2475/09.2007.01

Hren, M. T., Chamberlain, C. P., Hilley, G. E., Bookhagen, B. (2007), Major ion chemistry of the Yarlung Tsangpo/Brahmaputra river: Chemical weathering, erosion, and CO2 consumption in the southern Tibetan Plateau and Eastern Syntaxis of the Himalaya, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta71, 2907-2935, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2007.03.021

Johnson, K., Hilley, G. E., and Bürgmann, R. (2007), Influence of lithosphere viscosity structure on estimates of fault slip rate in the Mojave region of the San Andreas fault system, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth112, B07408, doi:10.1029/2006JB004842

Lewicki, J. L., Hilley, G. E., Tosha, T., Aoyagi. R., Yamamoto, K., and Benson, S. M. (2007), Dynamic coupling of volcanic CO2flow and wind at the Horseshoe Lake tree kill, Mammoth Mountain, CA, Geophysical Research Letters34, L03401, doi:10.1029/2006GL028848

Mynatt, I, Hilley, G. E., and Pollard, D. D. (2007). Inferring fault characteristics using fold geometry constrained by Airborne Laser Swath Mapping at Raplee Ridge, UT, Geophysical Research Letters34, L16315, doi:10.1029/2007GL030548.

Porder, S., Hilley, G. E., and Chadwick, O. A. (2007), Chemical weathering, mass loss, and dust inputs across a climate by time matrix in the Hawaiian Islands, Earth and Planetary Science Letters258, 414-427, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.03.047

Porder, S., Vitousek, P. M., Chadwick, O. A., Chamberlain, C. P., and Hilley, G. E. (2007), Uplift, erosion, and phosphorous limitation in terrestrial ecosystems, Ecosystems, doi:10.1007/s10021-006-9011-x10, 159—171

Strecker, M. R., Alonso, R. N., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Hilley, G. E., Sobel, E. R., and M. H. Trauth (2007), Tectonics and climate of the southern Central Andes, Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences35, 747-787, doi:10.1146/


Alonso, R. N., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Haschke, M., Hilley, G. E., Schoenbohm, L., Sobel, E. R., Trauth, M. H., Villanueva, A. (2006). Tectonics, climate, and landscape evolution of the southern Central Andes: The Argentine Puna Plateau and adjacent Regions between 22 and 28°S lat, in The Andes—Active Subduction Orogeny; Frontiers in Earth Sciences, ed. O. Oncken, G. Chong, G. Franz, P. Giese, H.-J. Götze, et al., Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 265—283.

Bürgmann, R., Hilley, G. E., and Ferretti, A. (2006). Resolving Vertical Tectonics in the San Francisco Bay Area from Permanent Scatterer InSAR and GPS Analysis, Geology34, 221-224, doi: 10.1130/G22064.1


Bürgmann, R., Kogan, M. Levin, V., Hilley, G. E., Steblov, G., and Apel, E. (2005). Interseismic coupling and asperity distribution along the Kamchatka subduction zone, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth110, B07405, doi:10.1029/2005JB003648

Carrapa, B., Adelmann, D., Strecker, M. R., Hilley, G. E., Sobel, E. R., Mortimer, E. (2005). Oligocene uplift and development of plateau morphology in the southern central Andes, Tectonics, 24, TC4011, doi:10.1029/2004TC001762

Hilley, G. E., Blisniuk, P., and M. R. Strecker (2005). Mechanics and erosion of basement-cored uplift provinces, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 110, B12409, doi:10.1029/2005JB003704

Hilley, G. E., Bürgmann, R., Zhang, P.-Z., and Molnar, P. (2005). Bayesian inference of plastosphere viscosities near the Kunlun Fault, northern Tibet, Geophysical Research Letters32, doi:10.1029/2004GL021658, L01302

Hilley, G. E., Strecker, M. R. (2005). Processes of oscillatory basin filling and excavation in a tectonically active orogen: Quebrada del Toro Basin, NW Argentina. Bulletin, Geological Society of America117, 887-901, doi: 10.1130/B25602.1

Lewicki, J. L., Hilley, G. E., and Oldenburg, C. M. (2005). An improved strategy to detect CO2 leakage for verification of geologic carbon sequestration, Geophysical Research Letters32, L19403, doi:10.1029/2005GL024281.


Ferritti, A., Bürgmann, R., Novali, F., Hilley, G. and Prati, C. (2004). InSAR Permanent Scatter Analysis Reveals Ups and Downs in the San Francisco Bay Area. EOS85(34), 317, 324

Hilley, G. E., Strecker, M. R., and Ramos, V. A. (2004). Growth and erosion of fold-and-thrust belts, with an application to the Aconcagua Fold-and-Thrust Belt, Argentina. Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 109, doi:10.1029/2002JB002282

Hilley, G. E., and Strecker, M. R. (2004). Steady-state erosion of Critical Coulomb Wedges with Applications to Taiwan and the Himalaya. Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 109, doi:10.1029/2002JB002284

Hilley, G. E., Bürgmann, R., Ferretti, A., Novali, F., and Rocca, F. (2004). Dynamics of slow-moving landslides from Permanent Scatterer Analysis. Science304, 1952—1954, doi:10.1126/science.1098821

Lewicki, J.L., Hilley, G. E., and Connor, C. (2004). The scaling relationship between self-potential and fluid flow on Masaya volcano, Nicaragua, in Water-Rock Interaction: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium, ed. R. B. Wanty and R. R. Seal, London: Taylor and Francispp. 153—156


Lewicki, J. L., Evans, W. C, Hilley, G. E., Sorey, M. L., Rogie, J. D., and Brantley, S. L. (2003). Shallow CO2 flow along the San Andreas and Calavaras Faults, CA, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth108, 2187, doi:10.1029/2002JB002141

Sobel, E. R., Hilley G. E., and Strecker, M. R. (2003). Formation of internally-drained contractional basins by aridity-limited bedrock incision, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth108, 2344, doi:10.1029/2002JB001883

Strecker, M. R., Hilley G. E., Arrowsmith, J R., and Coutand, I. (2003). Differential structural and geomorphic mountain-front evolution in an active continental collision zone: the NW Pamir, southern Kyrgystan, Bulletin, Geological Society of America115, 166—181, doi:10.1130/0016-7606(2003)115<0166:DSAGMF>2.0.CO;2


Coutand, I., Strecker, M. R., Arrowsmith, J R., Hilley, G. E., Thiede, R. C., Korjenkov, A., and Omuraliev, M. (2002). Late Cenozoic tectonic development of the intramontane Alai Valley, (Pamir-Tien Shan region, Central Asia): an example for intracontinental deformation related to the Indo-Eurasia collision. Tectonics21, 1053, doi:10.1029/2002TC001358

Hazelton, K., Hilley, G. E., and Strecker, M. R. (2002). Average Pleistocene climatic patterns in the southern Central Andes: Controls on mountain glaciation and paleoclimate implications, Journal of Geology110, 211—226, doi:10.1086/338414

Wilsey, S. P., Umhoefer, P. J., and Hilley, G. E. (2002). Initial breaching and evolution of an extensional monocline by a propagating normal fault, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Journal of Structural Geology24, 651—669, doi:10.1016.S0191-8141(01)00120-1


Hilley, G. E., Arrowsmith, J R., Amoroso, L. (2001). Interaction between normal faults and fractures and fault scarp morphology,Geophysical Research Letters28, 3777—3780, doi:10.1029/2001GL012876

Hilley, G. E., Arrowsmith, J R., and Stone, E. M. (2001). Inferring Segment Strength Contrasts and Boundaries along Low-Friction Faults Using Surface Offset Data, with an Example from the Cholame-Carrizo Segment Boundary along the San Andreas Fault, Southern California, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America91, 427—440, doi:10.1785/​0120000248