Brian Yanites

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences

Office:   GY429
Phone:   812-855-6109

Educational Background

  • 2002: B.A. with honors, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2005: M.S. Geosciences, University of Arizona
  • 2009: Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Colorado


  • 2002-2005: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
  • 2003-2005: Student Appointment Hydrologic Technician, United States Geological Survey.
  • 2005-2006: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
  • 2006-2009: NDSEG Fellow
  • 2009-2012: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan and University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2013-2106: Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Idaho
  • 2016-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University

Research Interests

The Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution group studies how climate, tectonics, and rock type influence the processes and landforms that shape the Earth’s surface. Specific problems include the controls of rock strength and sediment transport on bedrock river morphology, the interaction of climate and topography during active mountain building, and the influence of landslides on river dynamics in seismically active regions. We approach these problems by integrating field and geochemical data with state-of-the-art numerical models. The implications of our work are broad, ranging from hazard mitigation and river management to the geologic evolution of a mountain system.