Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Cole M Speed

Cole M Speed
B.S., Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2023

Office: JGB
Mailcode: C1160


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 stratigraphic record.

My current work focuses on modern and ancient fluvial deposits, channel-belt evolution, and the connection between morphodynamic process and stratigraphic architecture. I utilize fieldwork, remote sensing, and simple stratigraphic models to understand how landscapes form and change over time.

Research Interests: Clastic sedimentology and stratigraphy, geomorphology, remote sensing, Python

Seed Grant - National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) (2019)

Institut Francais du Petrole Grant - American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) (2019)

President, Longhorn AAPG Student Chapter (2018 - Present)

Stratigraphic Architecture of Exhumed Fluvial Channel-Belts: Anatomy of an Avulsion, Poster, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (2019)