Andrew Kylander-Clark

Senior Development Engineer

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00PM

Contact Phone


Office Location

MSRB 1008


University of California, Santa Barbara

PhD., Geological Science, 3/2008

Thesis: Slow subduction and exhumation of a thick ultrahigh-pressure terrane: Western Gneiss Region, Norway

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

M.S., Geology, 12/2003

Thesis: Correlation of Golden Bear dike and Coso dike set in Owens Valley

Humboldt State University

Post baccalaureate studies in geology, 8/2000 – 7/2001

University of California, San Diego

B.S., Engineering Science, 3/1997.


Work Experience

University of California, Santa Barbara, 9/2008 – current

Senior Development Engineer: Responsible for installation, operation, and maintenance of LA-ICPMS laboratory in the Earth Science department. Laboratory consists of a Photon Machines 200 nm fs laser, a Photon Machines 198 nm excimer laser, a Nu Instruments AttoM single-collector ICPMS, and a Nu Instruments Plasma multi-collector ICPMS. Duties include sample analysis, data reduction, isotopic standards development and preparation, research support for collaborating scientists and students, and data publication. For more information, see

University of California, Santa Barbara, 3/2004 – 12/2008

Associate Instructor: Physical Geology and Optical Mineralogy: Developed and taught lectures and labs.

Teaching Assistant: Field geology: worked with students to create geologic maps and reports. Gave lectures and graded maps and reports. Metamorphic petrology: gave lectures and led laboratory assignments so that students could identify and understand metamorphic processes. Geochronology and isotope tracers: led discussions and graded homework and tests to improve student grasp of isotope geochemistry and dating techniques. Earth Materials: taught students to identify rocks and the processes by which they were formed.

University of California, Santa Barbara, 9/2003 – 9/2008

 Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Researcher: Tectonics of continental collisions. Field work included sample collection, structural and textural data collection. Laboratory work: sample preparation, petrography, mineral analysis (electron microprobe, electron microscope, LA-MC-ICPMS), U-Pb (zircon, titanite, rutile), Lu-Hf, and Sm-Nd (garnet-clinopyroxene-whole-rock) dating and whole-rock isotopic analysis (TIMS, MC-ICPMS).

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 8/2001 – 12/2001, 1/2003 – 5/2003

Teaching Assistant: Taught two or three introductory geology laboratories per semester, meeting three hours per week, and covering a broad variety of introductory topics. Duties consisted of lecturing, grading and holding office hours.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1/2002 – 1/2003

Research Assistant: Worked on Coso region fault kinematics project. Field work included mapping, sample collection, data collection. Laboratory work: sample preparation, petrography, U-Pb dating and Sr and Nd isotopic analysis (TIMS).

Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, New Jersey, 10/1998 – 7/2000

Optical Networking Engineer: Planning and implementation of worldwide optical networks.


NSF Grant EAR-1219942 (Co-PI), 2012—2015, $329,701, What Determines Whether the Deep Continental Crust Flows?

NSF Grant EAR-0911416 (Co-PI), 2007—2012, $391,382, The Dynamics of UHP Tectonism: Does the Western Gneiss Region Consist of Multiple (U)HP Blocks with Different Histories?

Lloyd and Mary Edwards Field Studies Fellowship,Spring 2007

UCSB dissertation writing fellowship,Winter 2006

Geological Society of America student research grant, 2005, Research in Lu-Hf geochronology. Honors: outstanding written proposal.

UCSB graduate fellowship, Fall 2004

Tunnell award (graduate fellowship), Winter 2004, Outstanding research in petrology.


Okay, A. I., Sunal, G., Sherlock, S., Alt?ner, D., Tüysüz, O., Kylander-Clark, A. R. C., Aygül, M., in review, Early Cretaceous sedimentation and orogeny on the southern active margin of Eurasia: Central Pontides, Turkey, Tectonics

Kylander-Clark, A. R. C., Hacker B. R., in review, Plagioclase-stable dikes mark the end of eclogite-facies metamorphism in the UHP Western Gneiss Region, Tectonics

Spencer, K., Hacker, B.R., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., Andersen, T.B., Cottle, J.M., Stearns, M.A., Poletti, J.E., Seward, G.G.E., in press, Campaign-style titanite U-Pb dating by ICP: Implications for phase transformations and titanite closure, Chemical Geology

Agustsson, K. S., Johnston, S. M., Peck, W. H., Kylander-Clark, A. R. C., in press, Geochemistry and geochronology of the Central Metasedimentary Belt boundary thrust zone thrust sheets in Southern Ontario, Grenville Province, Geosphere

Donaldson, D. G., A. Webb, A. G., Menold, C. A., Kylander-Clark, A. R.C., Hacker, B. R., in press, Petrochronology of Himalyan ultrahigh-pressure eclogite, Geology

Kylander-Clark, A. R. C., Hacker B. R., Cottle, J. M., in review, Laser-Ablation Split-Stream ICP Petrochronology, Chemical Geology

Johnston, S. M., and Kylander-Clark, A. R. review, Discovery of an Eo–Meso–Neoarchean terrane in the East Greenland Caledonides and implications for Paleoproterozoic supercontinent paleogeography, Precambrian Research

Gordon, S.M., Little, T.A., Hacker, B.R., Bowring, S.A., Korchinski, M., Baldwin, S.L., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., Millet, M-A, 2012, Multi-stage exhumation of young UHP–HP rocks: timescales of melt crystallization in the D’Entrecasteaux Islands, southeastern Papua New Guinea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Cottle, J.M., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., Vrijmoed, J.C., 2012, U-Th/Pb Geochronology of Detrital zircon and monazite by Single Shot Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (SS-LA-ICPMS). Chemical Geology

Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Hacker B. R., Mattinson, C. G., 2012, Dichotomy of ultrahigh-pressure terranes: Small, young and fast vs. big old and slow, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.12.036

Schmidt J. M., Hacker B. R., Ratschbacher L., Stübner, K., Stearns M., Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Cottle, J. M., Webb, A. A., Gehrels, G., Minaev, V., 2011, Cenozoic Deep Crust in the Pamir, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. v. 312, p 411–421

Hacker B. R., Andersen, T. B., Johnston S. M., Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Peterman, E. M., Walsh, E. O., Young, D. J., 2010, High-temperature deformation during continental-margin

subduction & exhumation: The ultrahigh-pressure Western Gneiss Region of Norway: Structural geology and petrology, Tectonophysics, vol. 480, p. 149—171

Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Hacker B. R., Johnson C. M., Beard B. L., Mahlen N. J., 2009, Slow subduction of a thick ultrahigh-pressure terrane, Tectonics, doi: 10.1029/2007TC002137

Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Hacker B. R., Mattinson, J. M., 2008, Slow Exhumation of UHP terranes: Titanite and rutile ages of the Western Gneiss Region, Norway, Earth and Planetary Science Letters,vol. 272, p. 531-540

Bartley, J. M., Glazner, A. F., Coleman, D. S., Kylander-Clark, A. R. C., Mapes, R. and Friedrich, A. M., 2007, Large dextral offset across Owens Valley, California, and its possible relation to tectonic unroofing of the southern Sierra Nevada, in Exhumation Associated with Continental Strike-Slip Fault Systems, Till, A. B., Roeske, S. M., Sample, J. C., and Foster, D. A. (eds.), Geological Society of America Special Paper, vol. 434, p. 129-148

Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Hacker B. R., Johnson C. M., Beard B. L., Mahlen N. J., Lapen T., 2007, Coupled Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd geochronology constrains prograde and exhumation histories of high- and ultrahigh- pressure eclogites from western Norway, Chemical Geology, v. 242, p.137-154

Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Coleman, D. S., Glazner, A. F., Bartley, J. M., 2005, Evidence for 65 km of dextral slip across Owens Valley, California, since 83 Ma, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 117, p. 962-968

Glazner, A. F., Lee, J., Bartley, J. M., Coleman, D. S., Kylander-Clark A. R. C., Green, D. C., and Le, K., 2005, Large dextral offset across Owens Valley, California from 148 Ma to 1872 A.D., in Western Great Basin Geology, Stevens, C. and Cooper, J. (eds.), The Pacific Section Society of Sedimentary Geology, Book 99, p. 1-35