David Mohrig

David  Mohrig
Associate Dean for Research, Jackson School of Geosciences
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Peter T. Flawn Centennial Chair in Geology

Email: mohrig@jsg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 2282
Office: EPS 3.166, 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.

The UT Morphodynamics Lab is dedicated to building a positive and inclusive work environment. We are committed to building and maintaining a supportive environment that embraces diversity and inclusion.

For additional information please visit: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/mohrig/

Dr. Mohrig would like to acknowledge IHS Markit [ https://ihsmarkit.com/ ] and their Educational Grant Program for IHS Markit Engineering and Geoscience 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

G. K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes - American Geophysical Union (2021)


Mauricio Perillo

Richard Wayne Wagner, University of New Orleans

Daniel Sturmer, University of Cincinnati

Graduate Students

William S Bailey , Ph.D., expected 2026 (Co-supervisor)

Mariel D Nelson , Ph.D., expected 2025 (Co-supervisor)
Hi! I'm a geomorphologist and second year PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences. I'm co-advised by David Mohrig (sedimentology) and Tim Goudge (remote sensing). I study the shape of landscapes and seek process-based descriptions of how they change over time. For my graduate research, I conduct repeat lidar surveys of river banks using uncrewed aerial vehicles to understand when...

Michelle Tebolt , Ph.D., expected 2024 (Committee Member)
As a planetary scientist, I study sedimentary processes on Mars to better understand the paleoenvironment, or the conditions that once existed on the surface. I am particularly interested in Martian fluvial processes that occurred ~3.8 billion years ago when there was liquid water on the surface and consider the question: How has water influenced the surface of Mars? Or more...

Cole M Speed , Ph.D., expected 2023 (Co-supervisor)
I am a Ph.D. student with interests in remote sensing, geospatial data analytics, and planetary surface processes. My current research focuses on quantifying the evolution of modern fluvial landscapes and their preservation in the ancient rock record using high-resolution topography, time-lapse satellite imagery, numerical models, and field data. Ultimately, I seek to develop methods that enable better prediction of the...

Charlie (Yu-Chen) Zheng , Ph.D., expected 2023 (Committee Member)

Catherine Ross , Ph.D., expected 2022 (Committee Member)
I study punctuated events in Earth's history using field observations, geo/thermochronology, microstructural analysis, and geochemistry. I am broadly interested in how deformation and sedimentation on the seconds to days timescales are expressed in the rock record. My first project involves [bold]dating the Chicxulub target rock[/bold], which is important to advancing the understanding of ejecta and environmental processes. The YucatÓn basement...

Nicole Gonzalez , M.S., expected 2022 (Supervisor)
Hello! I study reservoir-scale shallow marine stratigraphy under the mentorship of Dr. David Mohrig. I'm interested in understanding how sediment gravity flows help construct delta front and prodelta-shelf environments. Particularly, my master's work involves developing a depositional model for marine storm beds within the Coaledo Formation in southwestern Oregon to include gravity-driven processes. Outside of my research, I enjoy engaging...

Paul Morris , Ph.D., expected 2021 (Supervisor)
Advised by Professor David Mohrig, Dr Jake Covault and Dr Zoltan Sylvester. Working with the Quantitative Clastics Lab. Using forward stratigraphic models coded in python to understand and quantify the evolution of (deep-water) channel-belt stratigraphy. Linking the movement and morphology of channels to their resultant deposits - exploring resulting issues around reservoir connectivity (flow behavior) for Oil/Gas extraction. Quantitative PhD with coding...

Cullen D Kortyna , Ph.D., expected 2021 (Committee Member)
I am broadly interested in the controls on and dynamics of sediment routing systems. I investigate this at both the sedimentary basin scale, where I apply detrital geo-thermochronometry and other sedimentary provenance techniques, and at the outcrop scale, where I apply sedimentological and stratigraphic techniques, to evaluate sedimentary system response to tectono-climatic perturbations. Project 1: Tectonic Controls on Laramide-Mexican Sediment Routing...

Kat 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

Sarp Karakaya (Committee Member)
Professional Summary: Ph.D. candidate at Jackson School of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin with seven years of oil industry experience in Turkish Petroleum Corporation, and an M.Sc. in Geology from Rutgers University. Evaluated multiple deep-sea depositional systems with significant commercial potential. Has extensive experience in generating prospects using 2D / 3D seismic interpretation, seismic attribute analysis, well...

Hima Hassenruck Gudipati, Ph.D., 2021 (Supervisor)
Department of Geosciences

Harry Hull, M.S., 2021 (Committee Member)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Benjamin Cardenas, Ph.D., 2019 (Supervisor)

Max Daniller-Varghese, Ph.D., 2019 (Co-supervisor)

Woong Mo Koo, Ph.D., 2018 (Supervisor)

Andrea Nolting, Ph.D., 2017 (Committee Member)

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

Kelsi Ustipak, M.S., 2015 (Supervisor)

Jason Sanford, M.S., 2015 (Co-supervisor)

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

Katherine Delbecq, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)
Jackson School of Geosciences

Yao You, Ph.D., 2013 (Co-supervisor)

2021Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2021Fall GEO 401 Physical Geology
2021Spring GEO 302J Crisis Of Our Planet
2020Fall GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2020Fall GEO 360G Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy
2020Spring GEO 391 Pleist-Holo Seds/Sl Records
2020Spring GEO 302J Crisis Of Our Planet
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 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2018Spring GEO 391 Sediment Grav-Flow Dep Sys
2018Spring GEO 391 Carbonate Margin Profiles
2018Spring GEO 371T Sediment Grav-Flow Dep Sys
2018Spring GEO 420K Intro To Field/Strat Meths
2018Spring GEO 302P Sustaining A Planet
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 371T Morphodynam/Quant Stratigraphy
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 391 Morphodynam/Quant Stratigraphy
2017Spring GEO 291 Depositional Mechanics
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 360G Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy
2015Fall GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2015Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2015Fall GEO 391 Sedimntry Source-To-Sink Dynmc
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation
2015Spring GEO 316P Sedimentary Rocks
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation
2014Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2014Fall GEO 380G Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2014Fall GEO 371C Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
2014Summer GEO f660A Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2014Spring GEO 371C Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy
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