School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


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  • Curtis Baden

    Curtis Baden

    Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsUplift of the Santa Cruz Mountains: Geologic, Thermal, and Mechanical Insights

  • Tom Boag

    Tom Boag

    Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on the origins and early evolution of macroscopic animal life and the changes to both the geosphere and biosphere during the Neoproterozoic to Paleozoic transition; specifically the Ediacaran Period (635-541 Ma). Due to the paucity of fossil evidence left by Earth’s earliest animals in deep time, I look to incorporate paleo- ecological, geochemical, and database analyses with studies of extant animal physiology to better understand the Ediacaran biostratigraphic record.

  • Zachary (Zack) Burton

    Zachary (Zack) Burton

    Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences

    BioI am a fourth-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Steve Graham and the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (BPSM) group, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the New Zealand Institute for Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science).

    I currently conduct research on past earth climate, microbiological and thermal activity, geologic deposition via fluvial and marine systems, and tectonic processes including mountain-building and faulting to assess exploration risk and economic viability of oil, gas, and gas hydrate deposits.

  • William Gearty

    William Gearty

    Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy overall goal is to improve our understanding of the effect of major evolutionary environmental transitions on the sizes of organisms. Using phylogenetic comparative methods, I analyze various animal groups that inhabit an array of different habitats (such as marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments) for significant differences in body size between group members that inhabit those different habitats. Such groups may include gastropods, mammals, reptiles, etc.

  • Jared T. Gooley

    Jared T. Gooley

    Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am a fourth year Ph.D. student working with Steve Graham and a member of the Sedimentary Research Group. I am interested studying source-to-sink sediment transport patterns and basin development during the transition from convergent to transform margins. My current research focuses on the Cenozoic evolution of two systems: 1) the San Joaquin Basin and adjacent Salinian Block of Central California, USA; and 2) the Marlborough and Northern Canterbury Regions on the South Island of New Zealand.

    My work in California uses detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to characterize provenance changes in sedimentation due to the development of the San Andreas transform margin and consequential shutdown of the Cretaceous forearc system. These provenance signals can be used to re-evaluate key offsets points to better constrain the slip history of major strike-slip faults, and then applied to better understand the resulting interplay of local and regional sediment dispersal.

    In New Zealand, my employs a variety of methods, including characterizing outcrop stratigraphic architecture, sandstone petrology, conglomerate clast composition, and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to address questions of deep-water sediment transport patterns in response to the onset of uplift, local basement exhumation, and subsequent development of the oblique-slip Marlborough Fault System.

    In addition, I have numerous ongoing collaborations with other research groups within and outside our department that include paleoclimate, paleoecology, thermochronology, and reservoir modeling studies.