Research Opportunities: currently the following broad topics are available for thesis/disseration research:

Applications of high resolution color cathodoluminescence to questions of shale diagenesis and provenance

Flume studies of mudstone depositional processes & comparison with rock record analogs

Rover investigations of sedimentary rocks in Gale Crater, Mars, as part of the MSL-Curiosity mission

Controls on the origin of paraquence characteristics and sequence stratigraphy of ancient shales

Facies studies of shale and mudstone successions

Petrographic study of pore systems of shale and mudstone successions


Supervised Theses and Dissertations

Indiana University


Donoghue, Kellie, 2015, Investigation of Prominent Mineralized Fractures in the Middle to Upper Devonian Mudstones of the Illinois Basin: Implications for Multi-Episode Fluid Migration and Seal Breach, Ph.D.

Fogaren, Caitlin, 2015, Teasing Out Parasequences in Highly Sediment Starved Devonian Black Shales, M.S.

Wilson, Ryan D., 2015, An Integrated Sedimentologic, Stratigraphic, and Geochemical Assessment of the Lower Genesee Group of New York, USA, Ph.D.

Murphy, Robert, 2015, Depositional Systems Interpretation of Early Permian Mixed Siliciclastics and Carbonates, Midland Basin, Texas, M.S.

Riese, David J., 2014, The Significance of Crypto- and Macrobioturbation in teh New Albany Shale for the Interpretation of Depositional Histories: An Integrated Approach Using Core Descriptions, CT Scans, Neoichnology Experiments, and Geochemistry, Ph.D.

Mizsei, Daniel, 2014, Mudstone facies of the Upper Ordovician Maquoketa Group of Indiana and their paleoenvironments, M.S.

Zabrecky, Justin P., 2013, Identification and characterization of the Middle Devonian Portwood Member of the New Albany Shale in the Appalachian and Illinois Basins, M.S.

Spencer, Sarah C., 2013, A sedimentologic, petrographic, mineralogic, and geochemical investigation of parasequences in the Camp Run Member of the Late Devonian New Albany Shale, M.S.

Wilson, Ryan D., 2012, Facies analysis and sequence stratigraphy of the Middle Devonian (Givetian) Geneseo Formation of New York: implications for accommodation during a eustatic sea level rise, M.S.

Yawar, Zalmai, 2012, Stratigraphy, lithofacies distribution and sedimentological analysis of the Eau Claire Formation, Indiana, M.S.

Thaisen, Kevin G., 2007, Geomorphic evidence for glaciation and catastrophic flooding in Candor Chasma, Mars, M.S.

Lazar, Remus O., 2007, Redefinition of the New Albany Shale of the Illinois Basin: An integrated, stratigraphic, sedimentologic, and geochemical study, Ph.D.

Sur, Sohini, 2004, An integrated sedimentological, stratigraphical, and geochemical study of two Proterozoic black shales from Vindhyan Supergroup, India. M.S.


Johri, Priyanka, 2002, New Albany Shale in southeastern Indiana (non-thesis option), M.S.

Tennison, Evelyn J., 2002, Textural features if igneous and metamorphic quartz as revealed by scanned cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL). M.S.

Barrett, Tristand L., 2002, Detailed correlation of the New Albany Shale in southeastern Indiana with emphasis on erosion surfaces. M.S.

Lobza, Vadec, 1998, Sedimentological and paleoenvironmental significance of trace fossils of the Upper Devonian Dowelltown Member of the Chattanooga Shale, Late Devonian, central Tennessee. M.S.

Knode, Tom L., 1992, Petrological, sedimentological, and geophysical characterization of the Misener/Sylamore Sandstone (Upper Devonian) of the mid-continent United States. M.S.

Miller, Randy, 1990, The stratigraphy and depositional environment of the Boquillas Formation of southwest Texas. M.S.

Mosley, Brian R., 1990, Deposition and diagenesis of the upper Clear Fork (Leonardian) shelf margin, Palm Sunday Field, Hockley County, Texas. M.S.

Romanek, Marty, 1988, Sedimentology and depositional environment of the basement sand (Lower Createceous), west Texas. M.S.


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