Forrest Horton

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PhD Spring 2015

Office Location

Webb 2015


MS Thesis: "Geochronology of the Zankar Himalaya"
PhD Dissertation: In progress


Research Area(s)
Geochronology, Tectonics


Brad Hacker


Lloyd and Mary Edwards Field Studies Fellowship, 2011/12
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010/11, 2012/13-2013/14

UCSB Doctoral Scholar Fellowship, 2011/12 & 2014/15

Richard and Eleanor Migues Field Research Prize, 2012/13



I study the evolution of continental collision zones using a combination of fieldwork, geochronology, and thermobarometry. I currently investigate the active Himalayan continental collision zone where partially-melted crust forms the backbone of the world’s highest peaks. I also examine ultrahigh-temperature (UHT) events that occur deep in the crust by studying the roots of an ancient mountain belt in southern Madagascar.


  • Horton, F., and Leech, M.L., 2013, Age and origin of granites in the Karakoram shear zone and Greater Himalaya Sequence, NW India: Lithosphere, v. 5, no. 2, doi: 10.1130/L213.1.


Earth 18:  Field Studies in Geological Sciences (Teaching Assistant), S15
Earth 20:  Geological Catastrophes (Teaching Assistant), W15
Earth 104B:  Field Methods (Teaching Assistant), S12