Research in sedimentary geology at the University of Georgia emphasizes the sedimentology, diagenesis, and stratigraphy of modern and ancient carbonate systems. Bruce Railsback’s research seeks to recover records of paleoenvironmental change from carbonate materials ranging from Paleozoic limestones in the mid-continent U.S. to Holocene stalagmites from the U.S., Belize, Botswana, and China. Steven Holland’s research in sedimentary geology centers on the sequence architecture of shallow marine deposits, primarily carbonate strata of the lower Paleozoic. Recent field areas of faculty and students have included the southern Appalachians, the mid-continent, and the Cordillera.

Labs associated with Sedimentary Geology

Location: Room 303 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

Clays and clay minerals are the most abundant reactive solids on the Earth's surface. Understanding clays minerals involves the detailed crystal-chemical characterization of their structure, particularly as…

Location: Room 36 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

Clays and clay minerals are the most abundant reactive solids on the Earth's surface. This lab focuses on research that determines the elemental composition of solid materials using electron microscopy and…

Location: Room 316/334 Geology Geography Building, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30601

Research in the Stratigraphy Lab focuses on the integration of sequence stratigraphy and paleobiology. We use a combination of field work, computer modeling, and multivariate statistics in our work. We…

Personnel

I am finishing a study on the ecological structuring of newly formed inland seaways, specifically focusing on the Jurassic Sundance Seaway of the western United States. My students and I are developing a regional sequence stratigraphic framework for the basin, investigating the biogeographic sources of the marine organisms that populated this…

Petrography and Geochemistry of Stalagmites as a source of information about past climate change has been the main area of my recent research.  My work has combined the petrography of stalagmites (the distribution of spelean carbonate minerals, non-carbonate detrital minerals, crystal fabrics, layering, and critical surfaces) with geochemistry…

Clays and clay minerals are nature's most common nano-material. The study of both natural and synthetic nano-composites made up of clays and organics offers great promise for the discovery of new materials for use in medical, pharmaceutical, and material industries. Knowledge of clays is essential for the exploration and exploitation of…