Dr. Jolante van Wijk

Jolante van Wijk, PhD

Associate Professor

Earth & Environmental Science

Research projects


Exploration Geophysics

Basin Analysis

Petroleum Systems

Landscape evolution modeling

CO2 sequestration and enhanced oil recovery

Crustal magma storage systems

Western U.S. geology

Teaching at New Mexico Tech

  • Earth Processes (ERTH101)
  • Petroleum and Subsurface Geology (ERTH460)
  • Imperial Barrel Award
  • Depositional Systems and Basin Analysis
  • Petroleum Exploration Geophysics
  • Graduate courses, such as  

The Lithosphere

Mantle Mysteries and Controversies

The Rio Grande rift


Reservoir Geophysics

Petroleum Source Rocks




(44) Berry, M., van Wijk, J., Cadol, D., Emry, E., and Garcia-Castellanos, D., 2019, Endorheic-exorheic transitions of the Rio Grande and East African rifts. G-cubed, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GC008176.

(43) Ellis, N., and J. van Wijk, Somali Basin statigraphy constrains Afar mantle plume dynamic uplift. In review

(42) van Wijk, J., Heyman, S., Axen, G., and Persaud, P., 2019 Nature of the crust in the northern Gulf of California and Salton Trough. Geosphere https://doi.org/10.1130/GES02082.1.

(41) Liu, Y., Murphy, M., van Wijk, J., Koning, D., Smith, T., and Andrea, R., Progressive opening of the Northern Rio Grande rift based on fault structure and kinematics of the Tusas-Abiquiu Segment in north-central New Mexico, U.S., Tectonophysics 753, 15-35.

(40) Axen, G., J. van Wijk, and C. Currie, Base of the continental lithosphere scraped off by flat-subduction, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0263-9, 2018.

(39) van Wijk, J., Mozley, P., Czoski, P., Gragg, E., Trujillo, N., and Heath, J., Analysis of geologic CO2 migration pathways in Farnsworth Field, NW Anadarko Basin. In: Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration, Forecasting CO2 Sequestration with Enhanced Oil Recovery: Learning from SWP Project. In Press, Springer, 2018, 38 pp.

(38) Trujillo, N., Rose-Coss, D., Heath, J.E., Dewers, T.A., Ampomah, W., van Wijk, J., Mozley, P., Cather, M., Multiscale caprock integrity assessment of the Farnsworth Unit, Texas, , In: Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration, Forecasting CO2 Sequestration with Enhanced Oil Recovery: Learning from SWP Project. In Press, Springer, 2018, 43 pp.

(37) van Wijk, J., Koning, D., Axen, G., Coblentz, D., Gragg, E., and Sion, B., Tectonic subsidence, geoid analysis, and the Miocene-Pliocene unconformity in the Rio Grande rift, southwestern United States: Implications for mantle upwelling as a driving force for rift opening: Geosphere, v. 14, doi:10.1130/GES01522.1., 2018.

(36) van Wijk, J., Axen, G., and Abera, R., Initiation, evolution, and extinction of pull-apart basins: implications for opening of the Gulf of California: Tectonophysics, Special Issue on the Gulf of California, 719-720, p. 37-50, doi: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2017.04.019, 2017.

(35) Abera, R., van Wijk, J., and Axen, G., Formation of continental fragments: the Tamayo Bank, Gulf of California, Mexico: Geology 44, p. 595-598, doi:10.1130/G38123.1, 2016.

(34) van Wijk, J., Axen, G., Abera, R., and Yao, S., Surface uplift due to thermal expansion around the Socorro Magma Body: preliminary results: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 67th Field Conference, Geology of the Belen Area, p. 277-233, 2016.

(33) Currie, C., and van Wijk, J., How craton margins are preserved: insights from geodynamic models: Journal of Geodynamics, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2016.03.015, 2016. (Invited)

(32) Ricketts, J.W., Kelley, S.A., Karlstrom, K.E., Schmandt, B., Donahue, M.S., and van Wijk, J., Synchronous opening of the Rio Grande rift along its entire length at 25-10 Ma supported by apatite (U-Th)/He and fission-track thermochronology, and evaluation of possible driving mechanisms: Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31223.1, 2015.

(31) Cooper, C., Mittelstaedt, E., Currie, C., van Wijk, J., Kellogg, L., Hwang, L., and R. Arrowsmith, Moving Lithospheric Modeling Forward: Attributes of a community computer code. GSA Today, v. 25, p. 42-43, 2015.

(30) Coblentz, D., J. van Wijk, R. M. Richardson, and M. Sandiford, The Upper Mantle Geoid:        Implications for Continental Structure and the Intraplate Stress Field, In: Geological Society of America Special Paper 514, doi:10.1130/2015.2514(13). (Invited), 2015.

(29) Corti, G., A. Agostini, D. Keir. J. Van Wijk. I. Bastow, G. Ranalli, Magma-induced axial subsidence during final-stage rifting: implications for the development of seaward dipping reflectors, Geosphere, doi: 10.1130/GES01076.1, 2015.

(28) Meyer, R., and J. van Wijk, Post-Breakup Lithosphere Recycling below the U.S. East Coast: Evidence From Adakitic Rocks, In: Geological Society of America Special Paper 514, doi:10.1130/2015.2514(06). (Invited), 2015.

(27) Ebinger, C., J van Wijk, Roadmap to continental rupture; is obliquity the route to success? Geology 41, p. 271-272, Research Focus. (Invited), 2014.

(26) Ebinger, C., J. van Wijk, and D. Keir, The timescales of continental rifting: implications for global processes, GSA Special Paper 500, p. 1-26, doi:10.1130/2013.2500(11). Invited paper, 2013.

(25) Esedo, R., J. van Wijk, D. Coblentz, R. Meyer, Uplift prior to continental breakup: indication for removal of mantle lithosphere?, Geosphere 8, p. 1078-1085, 2012.

(24) Karlstrom, K.E., Coblentz, D., Dueker, K., Ouimet, W., Kirby, E., van Wijk, J., Schmandt, B., et al., Mantle-driven dynamic uplift of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau and its surface response: Toward a unified hypothesis, Lithosphere, 2011L150.1, doi:10.1130/L150.1, 2011.

(23) Coblentz, D., C.G. Chase, K.E. Karlstrom, and J. van Wijk, Topography, the geoid, and

compensation mechanisms for the southern Rocky Mountains, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 12, Q04002, doi:10.1029/2010GC003459, 2011.

(22) van Wijk, J., S. Baldridge, J. van Hunen, S. Goes, R. Aster, D. Coblentz, S. Grand, J. Ni, Small- scale convection at the edge of the Colorado Plateau: implications for topography, magmatism, and evolution of Proterozoic lithosphere. Geology 38, 611-614, doi: 10.1130/G31031.1, 2010.

(21) Beutel , E., van Wijk, J., Ebinger, C., Keir, D., and Agostini, A., Formation and stability of

magmatic segments in the Main Ethiopian and Afar rifts. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 293, p. 225–235, 2010.

(20) Péron-Pinvidic, G., van Wijk, J., Shillington, D., and Gernigon, L., Role of magmatism in

continental lithosphere extension: An introduction. Tectonophysics Special Issue, 468, 1-5.

(19) van Wijk, J.W. and J. van Hunen, Lithosphere-mantle interactions during rifting and continental breakup. Bollettino di Geofisica 49, 342-345, 2009.

(18) van Wijk, J.W., van Hunen, J. and Goes, S., Small-scale convection during rifting: evidence from the Rio Grande rift. Geology 36, 575-578, 2008.

(17) Karlstrom, K.E., Crow, R., Crossey, L.J., Coblentz, J., and J.W. van Wijk, Model for tectonically driven incision of the younger than 6 Ma Grand Canyon. Geology 36, 835-838, 2008.

(16) van Wijk, J.W., J. Lawrence and N.W. Driscoll, Uplift of the Transantarctic Mountains related to formation of the West Antarctic Rift, Tectonophysics thematic volume on “Geodynamics of lithosphere extension”, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2008.03.009, 2008.

(15) Lawrence, J.F., J.W. van Wijk and N.W. Driscoll, Tectonic implications for uplift of the

Transantarctic Mountains, in Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World – Online Proceedings of the 10th ISAES X, edited by A. K. Cooper and C. R. Raymond et al., USGS Open-File Report 2007-1047, Extended Abstract 016, 4 p, 2007.

(14) van Wijk, J.W., and L. Gernigon, Discussion on “Mechanisms of crustal growth in large igneous provinces: the North Atlantic Province as a case study”, by L. Geoffroy, C. Aubourg, J.P. Callot and J. Barrat. Geological Society Special Paper 430, 2007.

(13) Corti, G., J.W. van Wijk, S.A.P.L. Cloetingh and C. Morley, Tectonic inheritance and continental rift architecture: numerical and analogue models of the East African Rift System,  Tectonics 26, TC6006, doi:10.1029/2006TC002086, 2007.

(12) van Wijk, J.W. and D.K. Blackman, Development of en echelon magmatic segments along oblique spreading ridges, Geology 35, 599-602, doi:10.1130/G23294, 2007.

(11) Meyer, R., J.W. van Wijk and L. Gernigon, The North Atlantic Igneous Province: a review of models for its formation, Geological Society of America Special Paper “The origins of melting anomalies: plumes, plates and planetary processes” 430, 525-552, 2007.

(10) Cloetingh, S., Ziegler, P.A., Beekman, F., Andriessen, P.A.M., Hardebol, N., van Wijk, J., and Dèzes, P., Thermo-mechanical controls on Alpine deformation of NW Europe, Geological Society London Memoirs 32, 113-127, 2006.

(9) van Wijk, J.W., Role of weak zone orientation in continental lithosphere extension,

Geophysical Research Letters, 32, doi:10.1029/2004GL022192, 2005.

(8) van Wijk, J.W. and D.K. Blackman, Dynamics of continental rift propagation: the end-member modes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 229, 247-258, 2005.

(7) van Wijk, J.W. and D.K. Blackman, Deformation of oceanic lithosphere near slow-spreading ridge discontinuities, Tectonophysics 407, 211-225, 2005.

(6) van Wijk, J.W., R. Van Der Meer and S.A.P.L. Cloetingh, Crustal thickening in an extensional regime: application to the mid-Norwegian Vøring margin, Tectonophysics 387, 217-228, 2004.

(5) Corti, G., J.W. van Wijk, M. Bonini, D. Sokoutis, S. Cloetingh, F. Innocenti and P. Manetti, Transition from continental break-up to punctiform seafloor spreading: how fast, symmetric and magmatic, Geophysical Research Letters 30, 10.1029/2003GL017374, 2003.

(4) van Wijk, J.W. and S.A.P.L. Cloetingh, Basin migration caused by slow lithospheric extension, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 198, 275-288, 2002.

(3) Pascal, C., J.W. van Wijk, S.A.P.L. Cloetingh and G.R. Davies, Effect of lithosphere thickness heterogeneities in controlling rift localization: numerical modeling of the Oslo Graben, Geophysical Research Letters 29, 10.1029/2001GL014354, 2002.

(2) van Wijk, J.W., R.S. Huismans, M. Ter Voorde and S.A.P.L. Cloetingh, Melt generation at volcanic continental margins: no need for a mantle plume? Geophysical Research Letters 28, 3995-3998, 2001.

(1) van Wijk, J.W., R. Govers and K.P. Furlong, Three-dimensional thermal modeling of the California upper mantle; a slab window vs. stalled slab, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 186, 175-186, 2001.