Jolante Van-Wijk

Jolante van Wijk
Associate Professor of Geophysics

Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science
New Mexico Tech
Socorro, NM 87801

Office: MSEC 354
Phone: 575-835-6661
Fax: 575-835-6436

MS Utrecht University, The Netherlands

PhD Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Research Interests: Geodynamics; Basin Modeling, Petroleum System Modeling


Courses that I teach at New Mexico Tech:

Undergrad courses:   Earth Processes (ERTH101, ERTH101 Lab, ERTH 103 Lab)

Petroleum Geology (ERTH460)

Petroleum Exploration Geophysics (ERTH445)

Geodynamics (ERTH425)

Graduate courses:      Mantle mysteries and controversies (GEOL/GEOP571)

Imperial Barrel Award (GEOL/GEOP571)

Lithosphere extension (GEOL/GEOP571)

Petroleum Exploration Geophysics (GEOL/GEOP545)

Geodynamics (GEOL/GEOP525)


Current research projects:

Socorro Magma Body (modeling of the magma body to predict surface deformation)

Anadarko Basin: Petroleum System and Carbon Sequestration Project

Continental Breakup- Formation of Sheared Continent Margins (tectonic modeling of sheared margin formation)

Formation of Microcontinents (we developed a new model informed by potential field data)

Somali Basin Rifted Margin (seismic data interpretation)

Uinta Basin Petroleum System (petroleum system modeling study)

Rio Grande rift (structure, geodynamics and magmatism)



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, in press (to be published May 2015).

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 SPE514, 2015.

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, 2015.

Meyer, R., and J. van Wijk, Post-Breakup Lithosphere Recycling below the U.S. East Coast: Evidence From Adakitic Rocks, In GSA SPE 415, 2015. (Invited)

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

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), 2013. Invited paper.

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

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.

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.

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.

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, 2010.

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, 2009.

van Wijk, J.W. and J. van Hunen, Lithosphere-mantle interactions during rifting and continental breakup. Bollettino di Geofisica 49, 342-345, 2008.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

van Wijk, J.W., Role of weak zone orientation in continental lithosphere extension, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, doi:10.1029/2004GL022192, 2005.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.