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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

I am looking forward to exploring the geology of New Mexico as a Field Geologist in the geologic mapping program. I am interested in the evolution of the lithopshere in tectonically active settings, such as the past ~400 million years of geologic history preserved across the western North American Cordillera.

My research combines 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.

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., Saleeby, J., and Cao, W., 2021, Detrital zircon provenance and depositional links of Mesozoic Sierra Nevada intra-arc strata: Implications for arc and orogenic evolution along the southwestern Cordilleran margin: Geosphere, v. 17, in press.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.