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Dr. Snir Attia

Dr. Snir Attia
Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

As a Field Geologist in the geologic mapping program, I have the opportunity to explore geology across much of New Mexico! My research focuses on the evolution of the lithopshere in tectonically and magmatically active settings, such as the past ~400 million years of geologic history preserved across the western North American Cordillera.

To study these systems, I combine geologic mapping, digital data synthesis, laboratory analysis, and numerical methods to reconstruct spatial and temporal patterns of magmatic, tectonic, and surface processes and unravel their impact on the development of lithospheric architecture in arcs and orogens. Looking forward, I am particuarly excited about further development of comprehensive, seamless, and data-rich digital syntheses of geologic map, field, and analytical data as well as potential applications of such syntheses to address questions in tectonics. As our ability to collect and link geologic data continues to grow, we are faced with a fundamental question - how do we create meaning from geologic observations?

Feel free to reach out with any questions or queries!

(See Curriculum Vitae)


Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Southern California, 2020

B.A. Geology, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011


(See Curriculum Vitae for more details)

  1. Attia, S., Paterson, S.R., Jiang, D., and Miller, R.B., in press, Heterogeneous structural development, shifting deformation partitioning, and indirect tectonomagmatic links during orogenic activity coeval with an arc flare-up: Geosphere.
  2. Ma, X., Attia, S., Cawood, T.K., Cao, W., Xu, Z., and Li, H., 2022, Arc tempos of the Gangdese batholith, southern Tibet: Journal of Geodynamics, 149, 101897.
  3. Attia, S., Paterson, S.R., Saleeby, J., and Cao, W., 2021, Detrital zircon provenance and depositional links of Mesozoic Sierra Nevada intra-arc strata: Geosphere, 17, 5, 1422-1453.
  4. Chapman, J.B., Shields, J.E., Ducea, M.N., Paterson, S.R., Attia, S., and Ardill, K.E., 2021, The causes of continental arc flare ups and drivers of episodic magmatic activity in Cordilleran orogenic systems: Lithos, 398-399, 106307.
  5. Attia, S., Cottle, J.M., and Paterson, S.R., 2020, The erupted zircon record of continental crust formation during mantle driven arc flare-ups: Geology, 48, 446-451.
  6. Attia, S., Paterson, S.R., Cao, W., Chapman, A.D., Saleeby, J., Dunne, G.C., Stevens, C.H., and Memeti, V., 2018, Late Paleozoic tectonic assembly of the Sierra Nevada prebatholithic framework and western Laurentian provenance links based on synthesized detrital zircon geochronology, in Ingersoll, R.V., Lawton, T.F., and Graham, S.A., eds., Tectonics, Sedimentary Basins, and Provenance: A Celebration of William R. Dickinson’s Career: Geological Society of America Special Paper 540, 267-295.


  1. Attia, S., and Allen, B.D., in press, Geologic map of the Pierce Canyon 7.5' quadrangle, Eddy County, New Mexico, New Mexico Bureau of Geology Open-File Geologic Map 299, scale 1:24,000.
  2. Allen, B.D., and Attia, S., 2021, Geologic map of the Rattlesnake Springs 7.5’ quadrangle, Eddy County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology Open-File Geologic Map 291, scale 1:24,000.
  3. Koning, D.J., Nelson, J., Elrick, S.D., and Attia, S., 2021, Geologic Map of the Little San Pasqual Mountain 7.5-Minute Quadrangle, Socorro County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology Open-File Geologic Map 296, scale 1:24,000.

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