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Dr. Ken G. Dueker

Associate Professor

Dr. Ken DuekerNatural Source Mantle Seismic Imaging and Critical Zone Seismic Imaging 

Office Phone: (307) 742-1765 or (307) 399-9093

P.O. Box 3006, Laramie, Wyoming 82071-3006
Office Room No: 2036 Lab Room No: 2002


Geology, BA, Whitman College, 1985
Geophysics, PhD, University of Oregon, 1995
Seismology, Post-doc, University of Colorado, 1996-2000

In Review (2021)

  • Wang, P. Chen, I. Keifer, K. Dueker, En-Jui Lee, D. Mu, J. Jiao, Y. Zhang, B. Carr, Critical Zone Structure and Saprolite Water Storage Capacity Under a Granite Terrain Obtained from Full-3D Seismic Ambient-Noise Tomography, submitted Nov. 2019, Nature Geoscience.


  • Wang, W., Chen, P., Dueker, K., Lee, E.-., Mu, D. & Keifer, I., (2020), Seismic evidence of glacial deposits inhibiting weathering of local bedrock at a snow-dominated subalpine watershed, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 549.

  • Z. Zhang, K. Dueker (2020), Correlation of a 410-km discontinuity low velocity layer with velocity tomograms beneath the Colorado Plateau using the RISTRA array", Pure and Applied Geophysics.
  • I. Keifer and K. Dueker, (2019), Testing the hypothesis that temperature modulates 410 and 660 discontinuity topography beneath the eastern United States, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, V. 524, October.
  • Keifer, I. S., K. Dueker and P. Chen (2019). Ambient Rayleigh wave field imaging of the critical zone in a weathered granite terrane. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 510: 198-208 DOI:

  • Wang, W., P. Chen, I. S. Keifer, K. Dueker, E.-J. Lee, D. Mu, J. Jiao, Y. Zhange and B. Carr (2019). Weathering front under a granite ridge revealed through full-3D seismic ambient-noise tomography. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 509: 66-77 DOI:

  • Zhang, Z., K. G. Dueker and H. H. Huang (2018). Ps mantle transition zone imaging beneath the Colorado Rocky Mountains: Evidence for an upwelling hydrous mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 492: 197-205

  • Chen, P., N. J. Taylor, K. G. Dueker, I. S. Keifer, A. K. Wilson, C. L. McGuffy, C. G. Novitsky, A. J. Spears and W. S. Holbrook (2016). pSIN: A scalable, Parallel algorithm for Seismic INterferometry of large-N ambient-noise data. Computers & Geosciences 93: 88-95

  • Hansen, S. M., K. Dueker and B. Schmandt (2015). Thermal classification of lithospheric discontinuities beneath USArray. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 431: 36-47

  • Foster, K., K. Dueker, B. Schmandt and H. Yuan (2014). A sharp cratonic lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath the American Midwest and its relation to mantle flow. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 402: 82-89

  • Schmandt, B., K. Dueker, E. Humphreys and S. Hansen (2012). Hot mantle upwelling across the 660 beneath Yellowstone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 331: 224-236 DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.03.025.

  • K.E. Karlstrom1,*, D. Coblentz, K. Dueker, W. Ouimet, E. Kirby, J. Van Wijk, B. Schmandt, S. Kelley, G. Lazear, L.J. Crossey, R. Crow, A. Aslan, A. Darling,14, R. Aster, J. MacCarthy, S.M. Hansen, J. Stachnik, D.F. Stockli, R.V. Garcia, M. Hoffman, R. McKeon, J. Feldman, M. Heizler, M.S. Donahue, and the CREST Working Group, Mantle-driven dynamic uplift of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau and its surface response: Toward a unified hypothesis, Lithopshere, in press Dec. 2011, doi: 10.1130/L150.1.

  • Schmandt, B., Dueker, K., Jasbinsek, J., Zhang, Z., A sporadic low-velocity layer atop the western U.S. mantle transition zone and short-wavelength variations in transition zone discontinuities, GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS, doi:10.1029/2011GC003668, 2011.

  • Jasbinsek, J., K. Dueker, and S. Hansen, Characterizing the 410 km discontinuity low-velocity layer beneath the LA RISTRA array in the North American Southwest, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1029/2009GC002836, Feb. 2010.

  • Yuan, H., K. Dueker, and J. Stachnik, Crustal structure and thickness along the Yellowstone hot spot track: Evidence for lower crustal outflow from beneath the eastern Snake River Plain, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1029/2009GC002787, Feb. 2010.

  • Hansen, S. and Dueker, K., P- and S-wave Receiver Function Image of Crustal Imbrication beneath the Cheyenne Belt in SE Wyoming, Bulletin of the Seismologic Society of America, doi:10.1785/0120080168, June 2009.

  • Calkins, J., Zandt, G. Giradi, J. Dueker, K., Geherals, G., Ducea, M., Characterization of the crust of the Coast Mountains Batholith, British Columbia, from P to S converted seismic waves and petrologic modeling, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., Sept. 2009.

  • Aster, R. MacCarthy, J., Heizler, M., Kelly, S., Karlstrom, K., Crossey, L., Dueker, K., and the CREST team, CREST Experiment Probes the Roots of the Geologic History of the Colorado Rockies, Outcrop, January 2009.

  •  Mercier, J.P., Bostock, M.G., Cassidy, J.F., Dueker, K., Gaherty, J.B., Garnero, E.J., Revenaugh, J., Zandt, G., Body wave tomography of western Canada, Tectonophysics, August 2009.

Graduate Students (2020)

Alex Jacob, MS 

Courses  (2019)

GEOL 1100–01  Physical Geology
GEOL 1100-02   Physical Geoogy for Engineers

GEOL 1600  Global Sustainability

GEOL 5215  Inverse Theory and Parameter Estimation
GEOL 5216  Global Seismology

Research Statement

It is increasing clear that the mantle underlying continents is much more varied than the surface topography, crustal province boundaries, or active tectonics would suggest. Most of the mantle structure underlying tectonic mountain ranges is three-dimensional in form even though the mountain ranges are dominantly two dimensional chains. Often, post-orogenic uplift of these mountain ranges, in excess of that predicted by simple crustal thickening models, is required by geologic data (thermocron, river incision, sediments). This requires post-orogenic mechanisms that can create dynamic surface adjustments such as: the removal or retrograde metamorphism of eclogite; convective removal or delamination of over thickened thermal lithosphere; or diapiric invasion of the lithosphere by an upwelling asthenosphere (e.g., diapirs from a 410 km discontinuity partially molten layer). Constraining the relative effects of these different geodynamic processes is crucial to understanding continental orogens and continental evolution in general.

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