Peter P FlaigResearch Associate - Clastic Field Geologist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
Areas of Expertise
Research Focus: North Slope-Alaska, Central Transantarctic Mountains-Antarctica, Canada, Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway of North America - Clastic sedimentology - Fluvial sedimentology - Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of continental to shallow-marine systems using sedimentology, stratigraphy, architecture, and ichnology in outcrop studies - Photography and high-resolution imagery (e.g. LiDAR, GigaPan) of clastic systems - Paleopedology - Remote logistics.
Current Research Programs & Projects
Paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic analysis of the Beacon Supergroup, Beardmore Glacier Area, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.
An ancient arctic dinosaur ecosystem from the Late Cretaceous Prince Creek Formation, North Slope, Alaska: A natural case study in a greenhouse climate model.
Late Paleozoic to Mesozoic fauna, environment, climate, and basinal history, Beardmore Glacier Area, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.
A Potential Washover Fan in the McMurray Formation, Alberta, Canada
Jessica Hudock, M.S., expected 2013
I have been studying washover fans (WOFs) in modern systems using remote sensing and satellite imagery to quantify various morphological characteristics of washover fans including throat width, intrusion length, fan area, barrier widths, channel lengths, etc. WOFs are deposited in multiple types of geometries and tend to vary in location of deposition. I have begun categorizing WOFs according to these geometries and examining the morphological trends amongst the different sub-families. I am using these relationships to understand preservation potential and how WOFs might appear in the subsurface. For my subsurface component, I have logged cores from the Upper McMurray Formation of Alberta, Canada, which are associated with barrier and estuarine environments to identify possible washover deposits. This data will be used to help me construct a facies model with the ultimate goal of understanding the geometries of flow barriers in the subsurface.
The Late Cretaceous coastal plain of Arctic Alaska: Sandy-splays, swamps, soils, and savagely surging streams, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Colloquium series, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2013)
The Late Cretaceous coastal plain of Arctic Alaska: Placing Pachyrhinosaurus Perotorum and other North Slope dinosaurs in a paleoenvironmental context, Southern Methodest University Colloquium Series, Dallas, Texas (2013)
Transantarctic tales: extraordinary geology and complex logistics in the Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica, Lakeway Mens Club, Austin, Texas (2012)
The application of lidar (light detection and ranging) technology to outcrop geology with an example from Sagwon Bluffs on the North Slope of Alaska, Alaska Geological Society, Anchorage, Alaska (2012)
Cretaceous geology on the North Slope of Alaska, Austin Gem and Mineral Society, Austin, Texas (2010)
A tidally-influenced, high-latitude alluvial/coastal plain: the Late Cretaceous (early Maastrichtian) Prince Creek Formation, North Slope, Alaska, West Texas Geological Society, Midland, texas (2010)
Photo set includes images of fieldwork done on the North Slope of Alaska from 2005-2013
Photos of fieldwork in the Central Transantarctic Mountains during the 2003-2004 and 2010-2011 field seasons.
Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway Fieldwork
Photos of fieldwork on clastic wedges of the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming
External Photo Galleries
Peter Flaig Photography Blog
Photos of Alaska, Antarctica and elsewhere