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Research in Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Geomorphology


The department has a long history of robust research in sedimentology and stratigraphy. Studies in sedimentology and stratigraphy include field studies of depositional setting, sequence stratigraphy, and physical sedimentology of clastic and carbonate systems in the Cretaceous of Big Bend National Park, Permian carbonate rocks of the Guadalupe Reef Complex, Permo-Traissic strata in the southern High Plains and adjacent New Mexico, and Paleozoic strata throughout the midcontinent, with particular emphasis on the biostratigraphy of the Silurian and Devonian.

Research in geomorphology includes study of landscape evolution in arid and arctic environments, bed-rock river response to tectonics, and landform evolution as documented through LiDAR analysis.

Faculty: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Dr. George Asquith, carbonate petrology.

Dr. Jim Barrick, conodont biostratigraphy.

Dr. Dustin Sweet, carbonate and siliciclastic sedimentology, depositional systems, sedimentary basins, paleoclimate.

Dr. Tom Lehman, siliclastic sedimentology, stratigraphy and vertebrate paleontology of Texas and adjacent regions.

Faculty: Geomorphology

Dr. David Leverington, geomorphology and surface processes in arid and arctic environments.

Dr. Seiichi Nagihara, LiDAR study of arid landforms.

Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu, bedrock river response to tectonics and surface evolution of icy satellites.

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