Bruce Luyendyk

Bruce Luyendyk on icebreaker N.B. Palmer in the Ross Sea
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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6806 Ellison Hall, Earth Research Institute


Tectonics, Geophysics, Paleomagnetic Methods



B.S. geophysics, San Diego State University

PhD marine geophysics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution



Recent research was focused on Antarctic climate evolution. This included collaboration with Dr. Doug Wilson on computing restored bedrock topography in West and East Antarctica. Both of us participated in the revised BEDMAP2 Antarctic topographic model released in 2013. Further work estimated ice growth on this bedrock topography in the Eocene-Oligocene. This research was published in 2013. I am one of the early proponents for the ANDRILL Coulman High drilling project that sought to recover Oligocene and older stratigraphic records from the central Ross Sea. 





155   Wilson, D. S., D. Pollard, R. M. DeConto, S. S. R. Jamieson, and B. P. Luyendyk (2013), Initiation of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and estimates of total Antarctic ice volume in the earliest Oligocene, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-5, doi: 10.1002/grl.50797.

154   Sorlien, C. C., L. Seeber, K. G. Broderick, B. P. Luyendyk, M. A. Fisher, R. W. Sliter, and W. R. Normark (2013), The Palos Verdes Anticlinorium along the Los Angeles, California coast: Implications for underlying thrust faulting, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 14, doi: 10.1002/ggge.20112.

153  Fretwell, P., Pritchard, H. D., Vaughan, D. G., Bamber, J. L., Barrand, N. E., Bell, R., Bianchi, C., Bingham, R. G., Blankenship, D. D., Casassa, G., Catania, G., Callens, D., Conway, H., Cook, A. J., Corr, H. F. J., Damaske, D., Damm, V., Ferraccioli, F., Forsberg, R., Fujita, S., Gogineni, P., Griggs, J. A., Hindmarsh, R. C. A., Holmlund, P., Holt, J. W., Jacobel, R. W., Jenkins, A., Jokat, W., Jordan, T., King, E. C., Kohler, J., Krabill, W., Riger-Kusk, M., Langley, K. A., Leitchenkov, G., Leuschen, C., Luyendyk, B. P., Matsuoka, K., Nogi, Y., Nost, O. A., Popov, S. V., Rignot, E., Rippin, D. M., Riviera, A., Roberts, J., Ross, N., Siegert, M. J., Smith, A. M., Steinhage, D., Studinger, M., Sun, B., Tinto, B. K., Welch, B. C., Young, D. A., Xiangbin, C., and Zirizzotti, A., 2013, Bedmap2: improved ice bed, surface and thickness datasets for Antarctica: The Cryosphere, v. 7, 375-393. doi: 10.5194/tc-7-375-2013



152   Rack, F. R., R. Zook, R. H. Levy, R. Limeburner, C. Stewart, M. J. M. Williams, B. Luyendyk, and the ANDRILL Coulman High Project Site Survey Team. 2012. What lies beneath? Interdisciplinary outcomes of the ANDRILL Coulman High Project site surveys on the Ross Ice Shelf. Oceanography 25(3):84–89, DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2012.79. 

151   Wilson, D. S., B. Luyendyk, and C. Sorlien (2012), Final Report: Coulman High Seismic Experiment 2010-­?2011, Rep., 20 pp, Earth Research Institute, UCSB, Santa Barbara.


150   Lorenson, T.D., Leifer, I., Wong, F.L., Rosenbauer, R.J., Campbell, P.L., Lam, A., Hostettler, F.D., Greinert, J., Finlayson, D.P., Bradley, E.S., and Luyendyk, B.P., 2011, Biomarker chemistry and flux quantification methods for natural petroleum seeps and produced oils, offshore southern California, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations, Report 2011-5210, U.S. Geological Survey, p. 45 p., 4 data files and OCS Study BOEM 2011–016.


149   Leifer, I., Kamerling, M.J., Luyendyk, B.P., and Wilson, D.S., 2010, Geologic Control of Natural Marine Seep Hydrocarbon Emissions, Coal Oil Point Seep Field, California: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 30, p. 331-338, DOI 10.1007/s00367-010-0188-9.


148   Wilson, D. S., and B. P. Luyendyk (2009), West Antarctic paleotopography estimated at the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition, Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (L16302), doi:10.1029/2009GL039297.


147   Hopson, C. A., J. M. Mattinson, E. A. Pessagno, and B. Luyendyk (2008), California Coast Range ophiolite: Composite Middle and Late Jurassic oceanic lithosphere, in Ophiolites, Arcs, and Batholiths: A Tribute to Cliff Hopson, edited by J. E. Wright and J. W. Shervais, Special Paper 438, pp. 1-101; DOI: 110.1130/20008.22438(20001), Geological Society of America.

146   Huirong-Anita Ai, Joann M. Stock, Robert Clayton, and Bruce Luyendyk, (2008), Vertical tectonics of the High Plateau region, Manihiki Plateau, Western Pacific, from seismic stratigraphy, Mar. Geophys. Res., v 29, 13-26. DOI 10.1007/s11001-008-9042-0. 2008.

145   Bell, R.E., B.P. Luyendyk, and T. Wilson, (2008) Antarctica: Keystone in a Changing World, EOS, v 89, no. 1, p 4. 2008.


Prof. Luyendyk is retired, is not teaching and is not accepting graduate students.