John Bershaw


Office: Cramer Hall 17G
Lab: Cramer Hall 17D
Phone: 503.725.3378





Courses Taught:

510/610: Paleoenvironments

410/510: Basin Analysis

410/510: Exploration and Seismic Interpretation

435: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

200: Central Oregon Field Studies

200: Columbia River Gorge Field Studies

Experience and Education:
Exploration Geologist, Chevron, 2010-2014
PhD, Geology, University of Rochester, 2011
MS, Geology, University of Rochester, 2007
BA, Geology, Pomona College, 1999

Research Interests: 
Within the domain of Earth Science including Stratigraphy, Stable and Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Climate, and Basin Analysis.


Many have been focused on the uplift history of the Altiplano, Pamir, Tibetan Plateau, and the Cascades. I am currently looking to understand atmospheric circulation and isotope evolution in central Asia and the Pacific Northwest. I am also interested in energy issues, particularly geothermal. Lastly, I have a pilot project on cannabis terroir in southern Oregon.

Selected Publications:

Bershaw, J., Saylor, J. E., Garzione, C. N., Leier, A., and Sundell, K. E. (2016), Stable Isotope Variations (δ18O and δD) in Modern Waters Across the Andean Plateau, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 194, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2016.08.011. Download

Bershaw, J., Penny, S. M., and Garzione, C. N. (2012), Stable isotopes of modern water across the Himalaya and eastern Tibetan Plateau: Implications for estimates of paleoelevation and paleoclimate, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JD016132. Download

Bershaw, J., C. N. Garzione, L. Schoenbohm, G. Gehrels, and L. Tao (2012), Cenozoic evolution of the Pamir plateau based on stratigraphy, zircon provenance, and stable isotopes of foreland basin sediments at Oytag (Wuyitake) in the Tarim Basin (west China), Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 44, 136-148, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.04.020. Download

Bershaw, J., C. N. Garzione, P. Higgins, B. J. MacFadden, F. Anaya, and H. Alvarenga (2010), Spatial-temporal changes in Andean plateau climate and elevation from stable isotopes of mammal teeth, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 289, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.11.047. Download