A list of courses taught can also be viewed here.
Sedimentary Basins and Tectonics:
GS251, graduate level, Fall quarter, odd years
This course covers analysis of the sedimentary fill and tectonic evolution of sedimentary basins. Topics: tectonic and environmental controls on depositional systems, detrital composition, burial history, and stratigraphic architecture; synthesis of basin development through time. One weekend field trip required.
One of the cornerstones of this course is a final project where students get to visit some of the spectacular coastal California geology to make a series of observations in the field. These field observations are combined with laboratory data to reconstruct the tectonic and depositional history of a sedimentary basin. The photos to the right include visits to a few of these exposures.
Sedimentary Geology and Depositional Systems:
GS106, undergraduate level, now listed as "Sediments: The Book of Earth's History"
Co-instructed with Prof. Don Lowe, this course covers topics of weathering, erosion and transportation, deposition, origins of sedimentary structures and textures, sediment composition, diagenesis, sedimentary facies, tectonics and sedimentation, and the characteristics of the major siliciclastic and carbonate depositional environments
Crossing the Cordillera
Co instructed with Prof. Elizabeth Miller: 10-Day field trip from Salt Lake City, UT to San Francisco, CA that transects western U.S. Cordilleran system from the Cretaceous foreland basin, through the extended hinterland in the Basin and Range province, to the convergent margin system of California (Sierra Nevada Arc/batholith, the Great Valley forearc basin, and the Franciscan accretionary prism).
Part 1: 3 days in the foreland fold and thrust belt, Utah
Part 2: 4 days in the hinterland and basin and range province, Nevada
Part 3: 3 days in the convergent margin system, California
Jurassic–Cretaceous Evolution of the Patagonian Andes and Magallanes–Austral Foreland Basin, Southern Patagonia
This 7 day field trip covers spatial and temporal transect of the Magallanes–Austral Foreland Basin exposed in the Patagonian Andes of Argentina. On this trip, we explore the stratigraphic record that records both the Jurassic back-arc basin phase of the orogen and the successor retroarc foreland basin phase.