Wonsuck KimAssistant Professor and Total E&P USA Petroleum Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
Dr. Kim's research seeks to advance our understanding of stratigraphic responses to sediment transport processes and imposed boundary conditions in depositional basins. The morphodynamics of the sediment-fluid interface are influenced by both depositional mechanics and environmental forcing. Subsurface architecture is a record of the "fossilized" dynamics of this moving boundary. The research interest lies in improving tools for predicting subsurface spatial architecture across a range of scales using an understanding of sediment transport and surface flow dynamics and their time-integrated preservation in depositional systems. Dr. Kim's research group conducts laboratory experiments to study sedimentation over space and time scales that are inaccessible in the field, and use the experimental data to motivate and constrain theoretical models of morphodynamics and depositional patterns. They apply insight gained from physical and mathematical models to field data in order to improve interpretation of paleoenvironments using the stratigraphic record.
Areas of Expertise
Quantitative stratigraphy, Shoreline dynamics, Morphodynamcis, Sediment transport, Deltaic sedimentation, River delta restoration, Coupled mathematical modeling and experimental stratigraphy.
Current Research Programs & Projects
Decoupling tectonic and autogenic controls on the development of cyclic fluvial strata: Flume experiments
A Delta Dynamics Collaboratory
Continuous vs. episodic fluviodeltaic sedimentation - Implications for carbon sequestration and coastal restoration
Total E&P USA Petroleum Faculty Fellowship in Geological Sciences - Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas (2012)
John E. Brick Elliott Centennial Teaching Fellowship - Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas (2011)
John E. Brick Elliott Centennial Professorship in Geological Sciences - Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas (2010)
2010 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for North American and European Researchers - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan (2010)
2009-2010 Big XII Faculty Fellowship - University of Texas, Austin (2009 - 2010)
Alvin G. Anderson Award - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota (2007)
Richard Clarence Dennis Graduate Fellowship - Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Minnesota (2004)
Frank and Julie Tsai Travel Award - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota (2004)
Outstanding Student Paper Award (Hydrology Section) - American Geophysical Union, 2004 Annual Fall Meeting, San Francisco (2004)
Best Academic Award (Senior) - Earth System Sciences, Yonsei University, Korea (1997)
Best Academic Award (Junior) - Earth System Sciences, Yonsei University, Korea (1996)
Chair, Workshop organizing committee, NSF-funded EarthCube Domain End-User Workshop to Address Community Needs for Sharing and Managing Experimental Data and Techniques: Year 1. Experimental Stratigraphy, University of Texas at Austin, Dec 11-12, 2012 (2012)
Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface (2012)
Discipline Leader, Sedimentary Geology and Stratigraphy, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas (2011)
Member, Research conference review committee, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) (2009)
Member, Organizing committee, Meetings of Young Researchers in Earth Sciences funded by NSF, New Orleans, LA May 2008. (2008)
Katie Delbecq, M.S., expected 2013
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.
Julio Leva Lopez, Ph.D., expected 2013
Jessica A Kopp, Ph.D., expected 2016
Anastasia M Piliouras, Ph.D., expected 2016
My research focuses on sediment transport and morphodynamics of fluviodeltaic systems using both physical experiments and field studies. I am interested in the environmental feedbacks that shape the landscape at both large and small scales, and I am currently studying how vegetation affects river delta growth and channel dynamics.
Valentina M Rossi, Ph.D., expected 2016
My dissertation focuses on the study of tide-influenced, clean-sand tidal depositional systems: deltas, transgressive shelves and paleostraits. Because tides are an important agent of sand transport and sorting in many shallow marine environments, there are both commercial and scientific interests in improving our knowledge of tide-influenced depositional successions and environments. This work focuses on the architecture, stratigraphy and role of different processes (waves, tides, rivers) in tide-influenced settings. As sedimentologists and stratigraphers we are interested in interpreting the paleo-environmental conditions for tidal deposits, and in particular disentangling the tidal signals from other signals (e.g., storm waves, river currents) within the stratigraphic record in general, and within selected stratal packages. My project is mainly based on outcrop examples of a tide-influenced delta developed in a back-arc basin, and a tidal strait-fill developed in a narrow corridor of extensional/transtensional origin. Additionally, I am collaborating on a project on shelf tidal bodies developed in the Western Interior Seaway.
Alexander Aronovitz, M.S.
Bryant Kopriva, M.S.
Ellen Reid, M.S.
Erica Powell, M.S.
Morphodynamics: Shaping Earth surface, UT Honors Colloquium, Austin, TX (2012)
Sediment Transport and Earth-surface Processes (STEP) basin experiments in 2011-2012, Korea National Oil Corporation, Seoul, Korea (2012)
Decoupling allogenic forcing from autogenic processes: Experimental geomorphology and stratigraphy, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2012)
Sediment Transport and Earth-surface Processes (STEP) basin experiments in 2011-2012, Shell Corp, Houston, TX (2012)
Decoupling allogenic forcing from autogenic processes: Experimental geomorphology and stratigraphy, National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, Minneapolis, MN (2011)
Numerical modeling of the Mississippi River Delta, LCA Science Board, New Orleans, LA (2010)
Land building in the delta of the Mississippi River: Is it feasible?, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (2010)
Decoupling allogenic forcing from autogenic processes: Clastic and carbonate experimental stratigraphy, AAPG 2010 Annual Convention and Exhibit, New Orleans, LA (2010)
Decoupling allogenic forcing from autogenic processes: Experimental stratigraphy, Norwegian Petroleum Society 2010 Conference, Stavanger, Norway (2010)
Decoupling allogenic forcing from autogenic processes: Experimental stratigraphy, NSF GeoPRISMS Rift Initiation and Evolution workshop, Santa Fe, NM (2010)