Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

David Mohrig

David  Mohrig
Associate Dean for Research, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 512 471 2282
Office: EPS 3.162
Mailcode: C9000

Dr. Mohrig's research group focuses on the application of sedimentary deposits and transport processes to unraveling the evolutions of terrestrial and submarine landscapes. They study the behavior of topography generated at the interface between a granular material and a moving fluid from very short to very long time and space scales, with particular emphasis on processes controlling channel formation, both on land and in the deep ocean. Research methods used by his group include carefully designed laboratory and natural experiments on sediment-transporting flows, field studies of modern and ancient sediment-dispersal systems, theoretical modeling of evolving granular-bed topography, and the remote sensing of subsurface sedimentary deposits using seismic data.

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Dr. Mohrig would like to acknowledge IHS Global Inc., , and their Kingdom Software Educational Grant Program for making available the software used in GEO371C and GEO380G, Construction and Interpretations of 3D Stratigraphy.

Areas of Expertise

Sedimentary Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geomorphology, Rivers, Deltas, Coastlines, Submarine Channels, Geohazards, Sediment-Gravity Currents, Sediment Transport, Seismic Interpretation, Basin Analysis


Mauricio M Perillo
Dr. Perillo's research interests are in the broad topic of Process Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (ProceSS). ProceSS is frame under the Sedimentological Fluid Dynamic (SFD) ''trinity'' (Perillo et al, In Preparation). First introduced by Leeder (1983) as the Geological Fluid Dynamic ''trinity''; the term express all the processes linking flow, sediment transport and bedform development. Fluid, Sediment transport and Bed Morphology,...

R. Wayne Wagner

Daniel M Sturmer

Graduate Students

Cole M Speed , Ph.D., expected 2023 (Co-supervisor)
I am a first year PhD student working as part of the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) at the Bureau of Economic Geology. My primary research interests are in the sedimentology and stratigraphy of clastic depositional systems. Recently, I have become interested in the geomorphology of fluvial and submarine channels, and in using modern systems to better understand and interpret the...

Hima J Hassenruck Gudipati , Ph.D., expected 2020 (Supervisor)
[bold] Research Interest[/bold]: geomorphology, sedimentology, hydrology

Benjamin T Cardenas , Ph.D., expected 2019 (Supervisor)
sedimentary geology | geomorphology | planetary science [bold]Publications[/bold] Cardenas, Mohrig, and Goudge, 2018, Fluvial stratigraphy of valley fills at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Evidence for base-level fluctuations controlled by a downstream water body. GSA Bulletin, 130, 484-498. Goudge, Mohrig, Cardenas, Hughes, and Fassett, 2018, Stratigraphy and paleohydrology of delta channel deposits, Jezero crater, Mars. Icarus, 301, 58-75. Kocurek, Martindale, Day, Goudge, Kerans, Hassenruck-Gudipati, Mason, Cardenas,...

John M Swartz , Ph.D., expected 2019 (Co-supervisor)
Research interests: Sedimentology/stratigraphy, coastal and nearshore processes, quantitative geomorphology, marine geophysics, statistical methods in geoscience

Max S Daniller-varghese , Ph.D., expected 2019 (Co-supervisor)
I am a versatile scientist with five years of research and analytics experience in the geosciences. My analytical skills include [bold]signal processing, numerical modeling, and image processing.[/bold] In my doctoral work I study how rivers transport sediment, how deltas are formed, and how underwater landslides wobble, all using large-scale physical experiments. [bold]Research Interests:[/bold] Geomorphology, Sediment transport, Coastal Dynamics, Density Stratified Flows,...

Jasmine Mason , Ph.D., expected 2018 (Supervisor)
fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, coastal rivers, bed forms, bar forms, backwater zone, deltas

Woong Mo Koo , Ph.D., expected 2018 (Supervisor)
My current research interests focus on depositional processes in subaqueous transitional flows and their resultant sedimentary characteristics.

Andrea Nolting , Ph.D., expected 2017 (Committee Member)
Carbonate Sedimentology & Sequence Stratigraphy, Carbonate Rock Properties, Geo-mechanical Modeling. Research is focused on steep-rimmed carbonate shelf systems, specifically the timing and controls behind shelf margin syndepositional deformation.

Sarah C Brothers , Ph.D., expected 2016 (Committee Member)

Anthony McGlown , M.S., expected 2015 (Supervisor)

Kelsi R Ustipak , M.S., expected 2015 (Supervisor)
Clastic sedimentology, deepwater depositional systems, turbidites, transitional flow deposits, siliciclastic petrology, experimental sedimentology, energy resources, karst hydrogeology

Jason C Sanford , M.S., expected 2014 (Co-supervisor)
Jason is an M.S. Candidate in Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently exploring geopressure history and geomechanics of reservoir-scale sand injections in the Panoche Giant Injection Complex in central California as the second component of his M.S. thesis work. Efforts include mapping of sand injections in the PGIC in order to construct 3-D...

John B Shaw , Ph.D., expected 2013 (Supervisor)

Katie Delbecq , M.S., expected 2013 (Supervisor)
Katie's research focuses on physical modeling of tsunami flows and sediment deposits, with interests in paleotsunami field studies and flow reconstruction of ancient tsunamis, storm surge, and floods from preserved deposit characteristics.

Yao You , Ph.D., expected 2013 (Co-supervisor)
I am interested in studying the coupling of geomechanics and geomorphology.

Kat E Wilson (Supervisor)
coastal geomorphology

Yuqian(Philomena) Gan (Committee Member)
I have broad interests in sedimentology and stratigraphy with focus on: Slope channel architecture and evolution Sediment density flow processes and deposits Sequence stratigraphy of medium depth (200-500m) back-arc and foreland systems

2019Fall GEO 416M Sedimentary Rocks
2019Summer GEO f660A Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2019Spring GEO 302J Crisis Of Our Planet
2018Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2018Summer GEO f660A Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2018Spring GEO 302P Sustaining A Planet
2018Spring GEO 420K Intro To Field/Strat Meths
2018Spring GEO 371T Sediment Grav-Flow Dep Sys
2018Spring GEO 391 Carbonate Margin Profiles
2018Spring GEO 391 Sediment Grav-Flow Dep Sys
2018Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Fall GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2017Fall GEO 360G Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 391 Morphodynam/Quant Stratigraphy
2017Spring GEO 291 Depositional Mechanics
2017Spring GEO 371T Morphodynam/Quant Stratigraphy
2017Spring GEO 271T Depositional Mechanics
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2016Fall GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2016Fall GEO 360G Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation
2016Spring GEO 291 Mars Sedimentology
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Fall GEO 391 Sedimntry Source-To-Sink Dynmc
2015Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2015Fall GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2015Fall GEO 360G Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation
2015Spring GEO 316P Sedimentary Rocks
2014Fall GEO 371C Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2014Fall GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2014Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation
2014Summer GEO f660A Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation
2014Spring GEO 391 Sedim Gravity Flow Deposit Sys
2014Spring GEO 391 Fld Strat: Southwest Oregon
2014Spring GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2014Spring GEO 371C Sedim Gravity Flow Deposit Sys
2014Spring GEO 371C Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy