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Lincoln Hollister - About Me

Lincoln Hollister retired on July 1, 2011. A celebration of his retirement was held on April 30, 2011 at Guyot Hall and at Prospect House. This event is featured in Geosciences News, in slide-show_#1 and in slide-show_#2.

Download: "A Celebration of the Life and Work of Lincoln Hollister"

Videos: Panel Discussion

Lincoln Hollister has been a Geosciences faculty member since 1968.  Driving his research and teaching is this major question: how are mountains and continental crust made?  To address this, Hollister uses the pressure-temperature-time-strain history of rocks - the products of mountain building – to investigate the tectonic processes operating on continental crust.


1. Projects Accrete and its successor Batholiths are multidisciplinary research efforts aimed at determining how continental crust is made.

2. Studies in the Himalayas in Bhutan define the role of channel flow in mountain building.

3. Inspired by late Professor Rob Hargraves’ seminal work on lamellar magnetism, Hollister is revisiting the “Baja British Columbia” controversy - whether or not parts of western Canada traveled northward from low latitudes during latest Cretaceous.


4. Hollister has collaborated with artists to create “Subduction & Orogeny: an Underground Story, Retold in Stainless Steel and Metamorphic Rocks” for Quark Park, a temporary sculpture garden in downtown Princeton that explores the connections between art and science.