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Arjun Heimsath

Arjun Heimsath

Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
PO Box 871404
Tempe, AZ 85287-1404


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Dr. Heimsath's current and pending research projects and interests build upon the fundamental need for a field-based, mechanistic, and quantitative understanding of landscape processes and evolution. This understanding builds primarily on determining erosion rates and processes from a wide-variety of landscapes under different tectonic, climatic, and lithologic conditions. The research directions sketched below thus try to fulfill this need and do so in a way that can be applied toward fundamental problems facing the scientific as well as the non-scientific communities. Specifically, he believes that answering important scientific questions should also help solve important and related environmental, social, and resource management related problems. Dr. Heimsath teaches courses on Sustainable World, Humans and the Environment, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms and Earth History.


  • PhD, Geology, University of California-Berkeley, 1999
  • MS, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, 1993
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Yale College, 1989


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Journal Articles


Wang, X., K. Yoo, A. A. Wackett, J. Gutknecht, R. Amundson and A. Heimsath. 2018. Soil organic carbon and mineral interactions on climatically different hillslopes. Geoderma 322:71-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.02.021. (link )


Paige, J., K. Michelaki, C. Campisano, M. Barton and A. Heimsath. 2017. Are the intensities and durations of small-scale pottery firings sufficient to completely dehydroxylate clays? Testing a key assumption underlying ceramic rehydroxylation dating. Journal of Archaeological Science 79(Mar):44-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2017.01.009. (link )


Barton, C. M., I. I. Ullah, S. M. Bergin, H. Sarjoughian, G. R. Mayer, J. Bernabeu Auban, A. Heimsath, M. F. Acevedo, J. Riel-Salvatore and J. R. Arrowsmith. 2016. Experimental socioecology:Integrative science for anthropocene landscape dynamics. Anthropocene 13(Mar):34-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.ancene.2015.12.004. (link )


Barton, M., I. Ullah and A. Heimsath. 2015. How to make a barranco: Modeling erosion and land-use in Mediterranean landscapes. Land 4(3):578-606. DOI: 10.3390/land4030578. (link )