Christine Kassab

I came to IUPUI in Fall 2014 to work on my PhD after completing my undergraduate degree at Bucknell University (2009) and my Master’s at Purdue University (2012). My research interests fall within the broad realm of sedimentology and geomorphology.

For my dissertation research, I am working on understanding the development and evolution of a blue ice moraine complex in the central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica and how it may record changes in the glacier-ice sheet system over glacial-inter glacial cycles. In addition, I am working on a small project using using zircon and apatite U-Pb and U-Th/He thermochronology double dating methods on bedrock samples of the Permian-Triassic Beacon Basin to understand the thermal history of the basin and glacial incision history of the Transantarctic Mountains. I have also worked with an undergraduate student whose project focused on using detrital zircon geochronology to map the provenance of glacial tills in Indiana. My goal is to be able to apply data gathered from various tools to answer broad questions, especially those related to sediment transport and provenance.

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Receiving the Elite 50 award from IUPUI GPSG in April 2017.


Graly, J.A., Licht, K.J., Kassab, C.M., Bird, B.W., and Kaplan, M.R., 2018. Warm-based basal sediment entrainment and far-field Pleistocene origin evidence in central Transantarctic blue ice through stable isotopes and internal structures. Journal of Glaciology.

Kassab, C.M., Brickles, S.L., Licht, K.J., and Monaghan, G.W., 2017. Exploring the use of zircon geochronology as an indicator of Laurentide Ice Sheet till provenance, Indiana, U.S.A. Quaternary Research 88(3), p.525-536.

Kaplan, M.R., Licht, K.J., Winkler, G., Schaefer, J.M., Bader, N., Mathieson, C., Roberts, M., Kassab, C.M., Schwartz, R., and Graly, J.A., 2017. Middle to Late Pleistocene stability of the central East Antarctic Ice Sheet at the head of Law Glacier. Geology. doi:

Bader, N.A., Licht, K.J., Kaplan, M.R., Kassab, C., and Winckler, G., 2017. East Antarctic ice sheet stability since the mid-Pleistocene recorded in a high-elevation ice-cored moraine. Quaternary Science Reviews 159, p.88-102.

Welke, B., Licht K., *Hennessy, A., Hemming, S., Pierce-Davis, E., Kassab, C., 2016. Applications of detrital geochronology and thermochronology from glacial deposits to the Paleozoic and Mesozoic thermal history of the Ross Embayment, Antarctica. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17, doi:10.1002/2015GC005941.

Lifton, N., Beel, C., Hättestrand, C., Kassab, C., Rogozhina, I., Heermance, R., Oskin, M., Burbank, D., Blomdin, R., Gribenski, N., Caffee, M., Heyman, J., Ivanov, M., Yanan Li, Yingkui Li, Petrakov, D., Usubaliev, R., Codilean, A., Chen, Y., Harbor, J., and Stroeven, A. (2014) Constraints on the late Quaternary glacial history of the Inylchek and Sary-Dzaz valleys from in situ cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al, eastern Kyrgyz Tian Shan: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 101, p. 77-90.

Kassab, C.M. and Harbor, J.M. (2013). Alternative coordinate systems for analyzing cross section shapes of glaciated valleys: A case study from the Dalijia Mountains, China: Physical Geography, v. 34, n. 2, p. 108-123.

Wang, J., Kassab, C.M., Harbor, J.M., Caffee, M.W., Cuia, H., and Zhang, G. (2013) Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide constraints on Late Quaternary glacial chronology on the Dalijia Shan, northeastern Tibetan Plateau: Quaternary Research, v. 79, n. 3, p. 439-451.

Kassab, C.M., Wang, J., and Harbor, J.M. (2013). Glacial geomorphology of the Dalijia Shan region, northeastern Tibetan Plateau: Journal of Maps, v. 9, n. 1, p. 98-105.