Assistant Professor of GeologyDevon Orme

Contact Information

Office:   TRAP #206 - 206A
Phone:   406-994-6916
Personal Website:


Office Hours:

Fall 2018: Mondays 3:30-4:30pm, Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm


Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 2015

M.S., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 2011

B.S., Earth and Planetary Science, University of California Santa Cruz, 2009

Certificate in College Teaching, University of Arizona, 2014



Courses Taught

ERTH 102 – Topics in Earth Sciences: Geology and History of Glacier National Park

GEO 309 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

GEO 429R - Summer Field Geology


Research Interests

My research focuses on sedimentary basin analysis and the tectono-thermal history of orogenic systems. I analyze sedimentary facies archived in basins to reconstruct depositional environments and the physical processes that govern basin evolution. In turn, I seek to understand the tectonic evolution of sedimentary basins and their source regions following the cessation of deposition. I have expertise in a variety of techniques such as sandstone and conglomerate petrography, U-Pb geochronology, fission track and (U-Th)/He thermochronology, and electron probe microanalysis.

I have ongoing field studies in southern and central Tibet, the Laramide Ranges, Wyoming, and the Great Valley forearc, California. I also have a keen interest in developing new laboratory techniques and field applications of detrital and bedrock thermochronology.

Graduate Students

I am currently accepting students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the fields of tectonics and sedimentology for Fall 2019. Please contact me with a brief description of your educational/work background and future goals as a geoscientist. 

Selected Publications

Orme, D.A. and Graham, S.A., (2018) A four-dimensional model of Cretaceous depositional geometry and sediment flux in the northern Great Valley forearc, California, Geological Society of America Special Paper, in press.  

Orme, D.A., (2017) Burial and exhumation history of the Xigaze Forearc, Yarlung Suture Zone, Tibet, Geoscience Frontiers, doi: 10.1016/j.gsf.2017.11.011.

Brown, S.J., Thigpen, J.R., Spotila, J.A., Krugh, W.C., Tranel, L.M., Orme, D.A., 2017, Onset timing and slip history of the Teton fault, WyomingL A multidisciplinary re-evaluation, Tectonics, doi:10.1002/2016TC004462. 

Orme, D.A., Guenthner, W., Laskowski, A., Reiners, P.W., (2016) Long-term tectonothermal history of Laramide basement from zircon-He age-eU correlations, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 453, 119-130, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.046.

Orme, D.A. and Laskowski, A.K., (2016) Basin Analysis of the Albian-Santonian Xigaze forearc, south-central Tibet, Journal of Sedimentary Research, doi:10.2110/jsr.2016.59.

Carrapa, B., Robert, X., DeCelles, P.G., Orme, D.A., Thomson, S., Schoenbohm, L., (2016) Asymmetrical exhumation of the Mount Everest region: implications for the tectono-topographic evolution of the Himalaya, Geology, 44, 611-614doi:10.1130/Gc7756.1. 

Leary, R., Orme, D.A., Laskowski, A.K., DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P., Carrapa, B., Dettinger, M., (2016) Along-strike diachroneity in the deposition of the Kailas Formation in central southern Tibet: Implications for Indian slab dynamics, Geosphere, 12(4), doi:10.1130/GES01325.1

Orme, D.A., Reiners, P.W., Hourigan, J.K., Carrapa, B., (2015) Effects of inherited cores and magmatic overgrowths on zircon (U-Th)/He ages from Greater Himalayan sequence rocks, Mt. Everest region, Tibet, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1002/2015GC005818.

Huang, W., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Maffione, M., Orme, D.A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Guilmette, C., Ding, L., Guo, Z., Kapp, P., (2015) The Lower Cretaceous Xigaze ophiolites formed in the Gangdese forearc: evidence from paleomagnetism, sediment provenance, and stratigraphy, Earth and Planetary Science Lettersdoi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.01.032.

Orme, D.A., Carrapa, B., and Kapp, P.K.,(2014)  Sedimentology, Provenance and Geochronology of the western Xigaze Forearc, Southern Tibet, Basin Researchdoi:10.1111/bre.12080. This paper was made open access in 2017 as it is the most cited article in Basin Research over the past two years.

Carrapa, B., Orme, D.A., Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G., Cosca, M., Waldrip, R., (2014) Rapid Miocene Burial and Exhumation of the Indus-Yarlung Suture Zone in Tibet, Geologydoi:10.1130/G35350.1.

Murray, K.E., Orme, D.A., Reiners, P.W.,(2014) Effects of U-Th-Rich Grain-Boundary Precipitates on Apatite Helium Dates, Chemical Geology:doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.09.023.