Dr. Kathleen Rodrigues

( Desert Research Institute )


(775) 671-6383
  • Institutions:Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Geological Sciences And Engineering, Division Of Earth And Ecosystem Sciences, Geography
  • Research Fields: Geology, Geochemistry, Geochronology, Archaeometry
  • Disciplines: Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Physical Sciences
  • Funding:DRI - Desert Research Institute, NSF - National Science Foundation, UNR - University of Nevada, Reno


Kathleen supports early career researchers and participates in metorship programs through the University of Nevada, Reno, Geological Society of America, and Association of Women Geoscientists.


Kathleen is a Quaternary geochronologist that specializes in radiation exposure dating techniques including optically stimulated luminescence, thermally stimulated luminescence and electron spin resonance. Her research interests are focused on the development and application of luminescence dating methods to address questions in Quaternary geomorphology, paleoclimatology, and archaeology. Her recent work has focused primarily on the development of novel methods for dating eruption events in the Great Basin and defining the timescales over which tephra reworking occurs in the landscape.