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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Studies of modern and ancient marine and terrestrial sediments to determine the processes that control the temporal and spatial distribution of different sediment types, their provenance, erosion, transport and deposition. These include studies of depositional setting, eustasy, tectonics, climate and biology.

Sedimentology & Stratigraphy Faculty

David Barbeau

David Barbeau

Associate Professor, SEOE. Clastic sedimentology, tectonics and sedimentation, basin analysis, thermochronology, sediment provenance, and tectonics of the southern Andes and Antarctica.

L. Allan James

L. Allan James

Fluvial geomorphology, Erosion and sedimentation, Water resources, Flood hydrology and Quaternary science

Andrew Leier

Andrew Leier

Clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy, sediment provenance, basin analysis, tectonics and sedimentation, stable isotopes, paleoelevation, paleoclimate, petroleum geology, reservoir architecture and characterization.

Jennifer R. Pournelle

Jennifer R. Pournelle

Millennial-scale urban sustainability and complex societies, studied through: landscape archaeology, anthropological archaeology, archaeology of the Middle East, cultural ecology, historical ecology, as they relate to wetland environments. Interpreting and relating air photography and satellite imagery to other paleoenvironmental data, toward reconstructing past landscapes.

Katherine Ryker

Katherine Ryker

Dr. Ryker explores connections between reformed classroom practices, student learning, teaching beliefs and the implementation of inquiry-based labs in introductory geoscience lectures and labs. Her research interests also include online educational resources, professional development, and student learning strategies and engagement in large introductory courses. She is part of a team looking at the connection between teaching beliefs and practices for geoscience faculty members at a variety of institutions across the country.

Howie Scher

Howie Scher

Cenozoic ocean history , Role of the ocean during abrupt climate events, Changes in seawater chemistry, Evolution of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic cryosphere, Spatial and temporal variations in the distribution of seawater trace elements and isotopes (TEI’s), Developing and calibrating proxies for paleoceanography.