Owen Anfinson

Assistant Professor

Owen on the beach
Owen Anfinson




Darwin 124

Office Hours


Owen Anfinson will be on sabbatical during the Spring 2023 semester.



2012-2015        Jackson School Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackson School of Geoscience, The University of Texas at Austin. 

2008-2012        Ph.D., Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary. 

2005-2008        M.S., School of Earth and Environmental Science, Washington State University. 

2001-2005        B.A., Department of Geology, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota.

Academic Interests

I primarily consider myself a tectonic sedimentologist, meaning that most of my research focuses on utilizing tools such as detrital geochronology and thermochronology to understand tectonic problems. My research has spanned a wide range of field areas from the Channeled Scablands of Washington to the Canadian and Russian Arctic.  Locally, my current research focuses on sedimentologic and tectonic problems associated with strata of the Franciscan Complex and the Sur Series. Globally, I still remain closely tied to Arctic Tectonics and I have a small number of active projects in the Swiss and Italian Alps.  Unrelated to my main research focus, I am also a UAS (drone) pilot and collect aerial imagery to help create 3D models and 3D prints to better understand regional geologic outcrops. I am always looking for motivated students to join my research team and am open to new areas of research. 

Selected Publications & Presentations

* Advised students

Ershova, V.B., Anfinson, O.A.,Prokopiev, P., Khudoley, A.K., Stockli, D.F. Faleide, J.I., Gaina, C. and Malyshev, N. 2018. The Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago: deciphering multiple episodes of Paleozoic tectonic evolution within the Russian High Arctic. Journal of Geodynamics.

*Simoneau, V., Anfinson, O.A., Bero, D.A., *Adams, J. and *Messinger, E. 2018. Detrital zircon U-Pb ages provide constraints on the depositional age and structure of the Franciscan Complex, Mt. Tamalpais, CA. Geological Society of American joint Cordilleran/Rocky Mountain section meeting. Flagstaff, AZ.

Anfinson, O.A.,Chapman, A.D., Grace. R., *Peoples, J., *Redmond, M., *Fleming, K., and Chapman, A., 2017. Age constraints and correlation of “Sur Series” metasedimentary framework rocks: Implications for the origin of the Salinian Terrane, central California. Geological Society of America National Meeting, Seattle, WA.

*Hutchinson, S., Mookerjee, M., and Anfinson, O.A.,2017. Introducing Structure from Motion techniques into undergraduate fold analysis projects. Geological Society of America National Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Anfinson, O.A.,Malusá, M.G.,Ottria, G.,*DafovL.N., Stockli,D.F., 2016. Tracking coarse-grained gravity flows by LASS-ICP-MS depth-profiling of detrital zircon(Aveto Formation, Adriatic Foredeep, Italy). Marine and Petroleum Geology, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.07.014, v. 77, p.1163-1176.

Anfinson, O.A.,Embry, A.F., and Stockli, D.F., 2016, Geochronologic Constraints on the Permian-Triassic Northern Source Region of the Sverdrup Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands. Tectonophysics, v. 691, p. 206-219.

Anfinson, O.A.,Leier, A.L., Embry, A.F., and Dewing, K. 2012. Detrital zircon geochronology and provenance of the Neoproterozoic to Late Devonian Franklinian Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 124, n. 3/4, p. 415-430, doi: 10.1130/B30503.1


Teaching Reviews - http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=2080447

Research Gate - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Owen_Anfinson

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