Dr. Fulthorpe seeks to better understand the origins of the sequence stratigraphic record by evaluating the relative roles of local geological processes and global sea level (eustasy) in creating depositional geometries. Though sequence stratigraphy has gained general acceptance as an interpretive tool, the theory that sequences are globally synchronous and caused by eustatic cycles has proved difficult to confirm, partly because both sequence architecture and timing are influenced by local controls (e.g., rates of subsidence and sediment supply, isostasy, compaction, and current activity) in addition to eustasy. Craig's projects have focused on passive margins in different parts of the world: offshore New Jersey, the northeast Gulf of Mexico, the North West Shelf of Australia, and the Canterbury Basin offshore New Zealand. He has also extended his work to active margins, analyzing the sequence stratigraphy of forearc basins off northern California and on the Pacific margin of Nicaragua. His New Jersey and California projects were components of STRATAFORM, a broad sea-level and stratigraphic initiative funded by the Office of Naval Research. His work offshore New Jersey also involved the integration of data from ODP Legs 150 and 174A. He was Co-Chief Scientist of IODP Expedition 317 drilling of the Canterbury Basin, New Zealand.

Areas of Expertise

Marine geology, sedimentary geology, seismic stratigraphy and sedimentary architecture of continental margins, sequence stratigraphy and sea-level variation.


Research Locations



Graduate Students

Jie Xu, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)

Jennifer L Graf, Ph.D., expected 2013 (Supervisor)

Pinar Goktas, M.S., expected 2013 (Supervisor)

Faik Ozcan Polat, M.S., expected 2012 (Supervisor)

Jason H Stephens, Ph.D., expected 2009 (Supervisor)