Allison Severson

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Allison Severson

Precambrian Geologist, Minnesota Geological Survey

Contact

Minnesota Geological Survey
2609 West Territorial Road
St. Paul, MN 55114

Education

  • PhD in Geology, 2020; Colorado School of Mines
  • M.Sc. in Geology, 2015, Arizona State University
  • B.S. Geological Sciences, 2013, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Professional Background

  • Structural Geology and Tectonics Division (Student Representative), Geological Society of America, 2018-2020
  • Northeast Section (Student Representative), Geological Society of America (2017-2020)
  • Board of Directors (Rocky Mountain Region Co-Delegate), Association for Women Geoscientists, 2017-2019

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Institute on Lake Superior Geology
  • Geological Society of America
  • Association of Women Geoscientists

Biography

Alli grew up in Duluth, MN, picking agates off the beach and out of her parents' (also geologists) driveway at a young age. Inspired by the mysteries of the rocks and draw of the outdoors, she decided to pursue a B.S. in geology with a focus in mineral exploration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She then continued on to receive her M.Sc. in 2015 from Arizona State University, where she mapped Au-Ag-hosted shear zone deposits in Baja California, Mexico. She completed her education at the Colorado School of Mines in 2020, where she earned her PhD for structural and geochronological work in the southeastern New England Appalachians. In her off-time, she loves skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking, especially when there are some deliciously deformed and perfectly cooked rocks involved. Alli is new to the Survey, and is excited to be learning from and working with the Precambrian geologists - an unparalleled group of researchers!

Research Interests
  • Precambrian Geology
  • Structural Geology & Tectonics
  • Geochronology
Teaching Subjects
Field Geology
Field Methods
Structural Geology

Honors and Awards

  • Mines Alumni Leadership nomination (2019)
  • Association of Women Geoscientists Outstanding Student Award (2017)
  • Teaching Excellence Award from Colorado School of Mines Geology and Geological Engineering (2016, 2017)
  • Outstanding Geology Graduate Student from Arizona State University (2015)

Selected Publications

Severson, A.R., Kuiper, Y.D., Long, M.D., Pipkin, J.D., 2020, “A structural, geochronological and geophysical boundary in the southeastern New England Appalachians: an Alleghanian Front?,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 52, no. 2.

Pipkin, J.D., Kuiper, Y.D., Severson, A.R., 2019, “Structural analysis of planar structural data from the Nashoba-Putnam terrane, and adjacent western Avalon terrane and eastern Merrimack belt, southeastern New England Appalachians, USA,” Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting.

Severson, A.R., Kuiper, Y.D., Eby, G., N., Hepburn, J.C., 2019, “New U-Pb detrital zircon ages from metasedimentary rocks along the western-most boundary of the interpreted Avalon terrane in the southeastern New England Appalachians – a possible West African source area?,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 51, No. 5.

Pipkin, J.D., Severson, A.R., Kuiper, Y.D., 2019, Geologic map and stereographic projections of the Nashoba-Putnam terrane, eastern Massachusetts,” National Association of Black Geoscientists 38th Annual Technical Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Buchanan, J.W., Severson, A.R., Kuiper, Y.D., Long, M., 2019, “An updated model for the tectonic evolution of the southeastern New England Appalachians along the latitude of Massachusetts,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 51, No. 1.

Severson, A.R., Kuiper, Y.D., Buchanan, J.W., 2018, “U-Pb SHRIMP-RG analysis of zircon in migmatitic rocks in the southeastern part of the Nashoba terrane, eastern Massachusetts,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 50, No. 6.

Severson, A.R., Kuiper, Y.D., Buchanan, J.W., 2017, “Structural map across the Nashoba terrane, eastern Massachusetts, Scale 1:200,000,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 49, No. 6.

Kuiper, Y.D., Wintsch, R.P., Severson, A.R., Attenoukon, M.B., 2017, “A case for Alleghanian ‘mini’ indenter tectonics in the southeastern New England Appalachians,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 49, No. 2.

Robinson, J.M., Jones, A.D., Burmeister, K.C., Severson, A.R., Noethe, S.A., and Stewart, M.A., 2016, “Preliminary outcrop-scale Rf/Φ petrofabric analysis of conglomerate from the Jurassic Tuttle Lake Formation; Mount Tallac roof pendant, El Dorado County, CA, “Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 7, p.0.

Noethe, S.A., Stewart, M.A., Burmeister, K.C., Severson, A.R., 2016, “Petrographic and geochemical analysis of igneous dikes and Keiths Dome pluton in the Grass Lake Area in the Mount Tallac roof pendant; El Dorado County, California,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 48, No. 5, p. 0.

Severson, A.R., Klemm, B. M., Burmeister, K.C., Wilson, A.D., Noethe, S.A., and Stewart, M.A., 2014, “Preliminary geologic map of the Grass Lake Area in the southernmost Mount Tallac roof pendant; Desolation Wilderness Area, El Dorado County, CA,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.563.