EES 555: Stratigraphy (Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)

This course will introduce the principles of stratigraphy and correlation. Special focus will be placed on clastic depositional systems and facies models.  Students will learn the fundamentals of litho-, chemo-, and sequence stratigraphy, and develop the skills needed to apply these techniques to outcrops, cores, and seismic reflection datasets. Readings will highlight major advances in our understanding of Earth systems history made using the stratigraphic record. Grading will be based on participation, in-class exercises, quizzes, and a final exam.  One week-long field trip.    

EES 480/645: Muds and Mudrocks (Fall 2014, Spring 2018)

This course will introduce students to the geology and geochemistry of shales.  Focus will be placed on the generation of silt and clay, processes of transport, depositional environments, provenance techniques (inorganic geochemistry and mineralogy), organic geochemistry, and basin analysis. Introduction to petroleum resource exploration in shale plays of the United States. Practical exercises in sediment core analysis using the KGS core library. Grading will be based on participation, in-class exercises, quizzes, and a final exam.

EES 480/625: Glacial and Quaternary Geology (Fall 2016)

An introduction to the geologic record of global change with a special focus on the past ~2.6 million years.  Students will be exposed to the evolution of Quaternary climate, biota, and environments using different geological archives. Techniques in Quaternary geochronology. Geomorphology and landscape evolution under the influence of ice sheets. Practical exercises in outcrop analysis with emphasis on lacustrine and loess deposits in northern and western Kentucky. Grading will be based on participation, in-class exercises and a final exams. Two mandatory field trips.  Co-offered with Dr. Ed Woolery.

EES 341: Landforms (Fall 2017)

An introduction to key concepts in process geomorphology. Students will learn quantitative analysis of landscape evolution using different aspects of surficial geology and the geological record. Lecture topics will focus on:  (a) measuring rates of geomorphic processes and environmental change using relative and absolute dating; (b) weathering, soils, and source-to-sink sedimentology; (c) the water cycle and hillslopes; (d) river systems, channels, and drainage basin development; (e) coastal, submarine, eolian, glacial, and volcanic features, landforms, and deposits; (f) tectonic geomorphology, climate change, and the evolution of landscapes. Students will be evaluated through quizzes, occasional homework, a mid-term exam, and a final project. The final project will make use of geographic information systems (GIS) and digital elevation models – students will acquire skills in GIS from homework exercises (no experience will be assumed). 

HON 152: Explorers, Science, and Society - Investigations of the Natural World (Spring 2018)


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