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.


Research Locations



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


Graduate Students

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)

Field Team 2012 summer field season. From left to right: Dolores van der Kolk, Andrea Miller, Peter Flaig, Doug Hissom, Steve Hasiotis.

Photo set includes images of fieldwork done on the North Slope of Alaska from 2005-2013

Field Team 2012 summer field season. From left to right: Dolores van der Kolk, Andrea Miller, Peter Flaig, Doug Hissom, Steve Hasiotis. Preparing to boat to work, summer 2012.Small aircraft put in, Shivugak Bluffs Alaska 2012.Cretaceous meandering channels and floodplain facies of the Prince Creek Formation, North Slope - Alaska.Cook tent and fall tundra colors, Colville River, North Slope - Alaska.Alaskan dinosaur Pachyrhinosaurus Perotorum skulls and bones loaded into a Cessna Caravan and ready for shipment to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas - Texas.Pachyrhinosaurus Perotorum skull from the previous photo prepared and on display at the  Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas - Texas.It's a rough job, but someone has to do it :) Boating the Colville River during fieldwork in 2006.The Cretaceous coastal plain of Arctic Alaska, Colville River, North Slope - AlaskaBoating the Colville River in a sandstorm.

 

Beardmore Base Camp 2010-2011 (CTAM) - Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica

Photos of fieldwork in the Central Transantarctic Mountains during the 2003-2004 and 2010-2011 field seasons.

Beardmore Base Camp 2010-2011 (CTAM) - Central Transantarctic Mountains, AntarcticaC-130 Hercules takeoff from camp at Moody Glacier, Central Transantarctic Mountains, AntarcticaHelicopter support, Beardmore Base Camp 2003-2004 (CTAM) - Central Transantarctic Mountains, AntarcticaMount Bowers field site on the Beardmore Glacier, Central Transantarctic Mountains, AntarcticaChecking in with Beardmore Base Camp, Mount Bowers, Central Transantarctic Mountains, AntarcticaA visit from an Emperor Penguin during gear shakedown, Ross Island, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica C-130 Hercules Jet Assisted Take-Off (JATO), Beardmore Base Camp, Central Transantarctic Mountains, AntarcticaField food - Beardmore Base Camp, Central Transantarctic Mountains, AntarcticaTriassic mammal-like reptile burrow, Fremouw Formation at Graphite Peak, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica Closeup of terminal chamber of mammal-like reptile burrow, Fremouw Formation at Graphite Peak, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica

 

Stratigraphy in the Rangley area of Colorado including the Castlegate, Buck Tongue of the Mancos Shale, Loyd, and Sego.

Photos of fieldwork on clastic wedges of the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming

Stratigraphy in the Rangley area of Colorado including the Castlegate, Buck Tongue of the Mancos Shale, Loyd, and Sego.Textbook Ophiomorpha in the Loyd, Rangley, Colorado.Incised valley in the Sego, Rangley, Colorado.Potential tidal inlet in the Loyd, Rangley, ColoradoHummocky cross stratified sandstones of the Kennelworth, book cliffs UtahTidally influenced facies of the Sego, Book Cliffs Utah

 

External Photo Galleries


Peter Flaig Photography Blog
Photos of Alaska, Antarctica and elsewhere