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Stephen F. Greb


1982, B.S., Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.
1985, M.S., Geology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
1992, Ph.D., Geology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.


I'm a full-time research geologist at the Kentucky Geological Survey and an adjunct professor in the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences. At KGS my duties include research on geologic carbon storage (sequestration), basin analyses, coal geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and paleontology. I am especially interested in tidal and coastal sedimentology as it applies to Carboniferous strata in the Appalachian and Illinois basins. Eastern Kentucky has some of the best Carboniferous, coal-bearing outcrops in the world and they provide a wonderful dataset for testing facies and sequence models at a variety of scales. I have been fortunate to conduct research on modern hypertidal estuarine systems in several countries, which share many similarities with tidal facies in the Carboniferous of eastern Kentucky. I am also assembling a paleontological database of Kentucky fossils. As an adjunct professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, I teach GLY 130 (Dinosaurs and Disasters) and co-teach GLY 715 (Coal Geology). I enjoy working with students in the department and am always happy to help with any questions on Kentucky geology. 

Selected Publications:
  • Greb, S.F., 2013, Coal more than a resource: Critical data for understanding a variety of earth-science concepts: International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 118, p. 15-32.

  • Greb, S.F., Riley, R. A., Bowersox, J.R., Solis, M.P., Rupp, J.A., Kelley, M., Harris, D.C., and Gupta, N., 2012, Ordovician Knox carbonates and sandstones of the eastern midcontinent: Potential geologic carbon storage reservoirs and seals, in Derby, J.R., Fritz, R.D., Longacre, S.A., Morgan, W.A., and Sternbach, C.A., eds., The Great American Carbonate Bank: The Geology and Economic Resources of the Cambrian—Ordovician Sauk Megasequence of Laurentia: AAPG Memoir 98, no. 45, p. 1077-1101.

  • Archer, A.W., and Greb, S.F., 2012, Hypertidal facies from the Pennsylvanian Period: Eastern and Western Interior coal basins, USA, in Davis, R.A., and Dalrymple, R.W., eds., Principles of Tidal Sedimentology: Springer Publishing, p. 421-436.

  • Greb, S.F., and Archer, A.W., 2011, Apogean-perigean signals encoded in tidal flats at the fluvio-estuarine transition of Glacier Creek, Turnagain Arm, Alaska: implications for ancient tidal rhythmites: Sedimentology, v. 58, p. 1434–1452.

  • Falcon-Lang, H.J., Heckel, P.H., Dimichele, W.A., Blake Jr., B.M., Easterday, C., Eble, C.F., Elrick, S., Gastaldo, R.A., Greb, S.F., Martino, R.L., Nelson, W.J., Pfefferkorn, H.W., Phillips, T.L., and Rosscoe, S.J., 2011, No major stratigraphic gap exists near the Desmoinesian-Missourian Stage boundary in North America: Palaios, v. 26, p. 125-139.

  • Greb, S.F., Riley, R. A., Solano-Acosta, W., Gupta, N., Solis, M.P., Rupp, J.A., Anderson, W.H., Harris, D.C., Drahovzal, J.A., and Nuttall, B.C., 2009, Cambro-Ordovician Knox carbonates as seal and potential targets for carbon sequestration in the eastern Midcontinent U.S.A., in Grobe, M., Pashin, J.C., and Dodge, R.L., eds., Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Geological Media—State of the Science: AAPG Studies 59, 19 p.

  • Hower, J.C., Greb, S.F., Kuehn, K.W., and Eble, C.F., 2009, Did the Middlesboro, Kentucky, bolide impact event influence coal rank? International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 79, p. 92-96.

  • Martino, R.L., and Greb, S.F., 2009, Walking trails of the giant terrestrial arthropod Arthropleura from the Upper Carboniferous of Kentucky: Journal of Paleontology, v. 83, (1) p. 140-146.

  • Greb, S.F., and Chesnut, D.R., Jr., 2009, Carboniferous geology and biostratigraphy of the Appalachian and Black Warrior basins: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 12, Special Publication 10, 101 p.

  • Goldstein, A., Greb, S.F., and Conkin, J.E., 2009, Stratigraphy and paleontology of the Silurian and Devonian strata in the central Ohio Valley, Falls of the Ohio, and quarries in Clark County, Indiana: Ninth North American Paleontological Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 24, 2009:  44 p.

  • Greb, S.F., Potter, P.E., Meyer, D.L., and Ausich, W.I., 2008, Mud mounds, paleoslumps, crinoids, and more; the geology of the Fort Payne Formation at Lake Cumberland, south-central Kentucky: Field trip for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, May 17-18, 2008: 45 p.

  • Finkelman, R., and Greb, S., 2008, Chapter 10-Environmental and health impacts [of coal], in Suárez-Ruiz, I., and Crelling, J.C., eds., Applied Coal Petrology-The Role of Petrology in Coal Utilization: El Sevier Publications, p.263-287.

  • Greb, S.F., Pashin, J. C., Martino, R.M., and Eble, C.F., 2008, Appalachian sedimentary cycles during the Pennsylvanian: Changing influences of sea level, climate, and tectonics, in Fielding C.F., Frank, T.D., and Isbell, J. L., ed., Resolving the Late Paleozoic Gondwanan Ice Age in Time and Space: Geological Society of America Special Publication Special Publication 441, p. 235-248.

  • Greb, S.F., and Archer, A.W., 2007, Soft-sediment deformation produced by tides in a hypertidal estuary in a meizoseismic area, Turnagain Arm, Alaska: Geology, v. 35, p. 435-438.

  • Greb, S.F., Eble, C.F., Peters, D.C., and Papp, A.R., 2006, Coal and the Environment: American Geological Institute, Environmental Education Series, 64 p.

  • Greb, S.F., DiMichele, W.A., and Gastaldo, R. A., 2006, Evolution and importance of wetlands in earth history, in Greb, S.F., and DiMichele, W.A., eds., Wetlands through Time: Geological Society of America Special Paper 399, p.1-40.

  • Garcia, W.J., Storrs, G.W., and Greb, S.F., 2006, The Hancock County tetrapod locality, a new Mississippian (Chesterian) wetlands fauna from western Kentucky, in Greb, S.F., and DiMichele, W.A., eds., Wetlands through Time: Geological Society of America Special Paper 399, p.155-168.