Elana L. Leithold

Elana L. Leithold


1980 B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Geology and Geophysics

1984 M.S University of Washington, Geological Sciences

1987 Ph.D. University of Washington, Geological Sciences


2007-present Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University

1993-2007 Associate Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University

1987-1993 Assistant Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University

Recent Funding

2015-2016 “Establishing a high-resolution post-glacial chronology of surface rupture on the Lake Creek-Boundary Creek Fault,” K. Wegmann and D. Bohnenstiehl co-PIs, USGS NEHRP

2012-2015 “Investigating The Long-Term Record of Seismically Induced Erosion Preserved in the Stratigraphy of Lake Quinault, Washington,” K. Wegmann and D. Bohnenstiehl co-PIs, NSF Earth Surface Processes and Land Use Dynamics

2007-2011 “Source to sink generation of biogeochemical stratigraphic signals across the Waipaoa margin,” New Zealand, Neal Blair, co-PI, NSF Marine Geology

2002-2006 “Age distribution of POC discharged from small mountainous rivers-the influence of sediment yield and soil residence time,” Neal Blair co-PI NSF North American Integrated Carbon Cycle Research

Selected Publications

Leithold, E.L., Blair, N.E., and Wegmann, K., 2015, Source to Sink Sedimentary Systems and Global Carbon burial: A River Runs through It-- Earth Science Reviews: Earth Surface Process Connections from Mountains to Margins, Source to Sink: Special Issue

Blair, N.E., and Leithold, E.L., 2014, Impacts of watershed processes on exported riverine organic carbon, In Bianchi, T., et al., eds., Biogeochemical Dynamics at Major River-Coastal Interfaces: Cambridge University Press, 175-198.

Leithold, E.L., Wegmann, K.W., Bohnenstiehl, D.R., Smith, S.G., Riddell, B., and Moore, C., 2014, Holocene paleosesmicity and sediment degassing, Lake Quinault, Washington: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Abstracts, Paper 231-8.

Leithold, E.L., Wegmann, K.W., Bohnenstiehl, D.R., and Smith, S.G., 2014, A record of the in-Lake and Upland Response to Large Earthquakes, Lake Quinault, Washington, AGU Fall Meeting, paper T43B-4731A

Leithold, E.L, 2013, Signals of watershed change preserved in organic carbon buried on the continental margin seaward of the Waipaoa River, New Zealand: Marine Geology 346, 355-365.

Blair, N.E., Leithold, E.L., Brackley, H., Trustrum, N., Page, M., and Childress, L.B., 2010, Terrestrial Sources and Export of Particulate Organic Carbon in the Waipaoa Sedimentary System: Problems, Progress and Processes: Marine Geology 270, 108-118.

Brackley, H.L., Blair, N.E., Carter, L., Trustrum, N.A., Leithold, E.L., Canuel, E.A., Johnston, J., and Tate, K.R., 2010, Dispersal and transformation of organic carbon across an episodic, high sediment discharge continental margin, Waipaoa sedimentary system, New Zealand: Marine Geology 270, 202-212.

Leithold, E.L, Blair, N.E., and Perkey, D.W., 2006, Geomorphological controls on the age of particulate organic carbon in small mountainous and upland rivers: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v.20, GB3022, doi: 10.1029/2005GB002677

Leithold, E.L., Perkey, D.W., Blair, N.E., and Creamer, T.N., 2005, Sedimentation and carbon burial on the northern California continental shelf: the signatures of land-use change: Continental Shelf Research, v.25, p.349-371.

Blair, N.E., Leithold, E.L., and Aller, R.A., 2004, From bedrock to burial: the evolution of particulate organic carbon across coupled watershed-continental margin systems: Marine Chemistry, v.92. 141-156.

Blair, N.E., Leithold, E.L., Ford, S.T., Peeler, K.A., Holmes, J.C., and Perkey, D.W., 2003, The persistence of memory: the fate of ancient sedimentary organic carbon in a modern sedimentary system: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v.67, p.63-73.