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.
For additional information on the Mohrig Research Group please visit: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/mohrig/
Dr. Mohrig would like to acknowledge IHS Global Inc., http://www.ihs.com/ , and their Kingdom Software Educational Grant Program for making available the 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
Mauricio M Perillo
Dr. Perillo's research interests are in the broad topic of Process Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (ProceSS). ProceSS is frame under the Sedimentological Fluid Dynamic (SFD) ''trinity'' (Perillo et al, In Preparation). First introduced by Leeder (1983) as the Geological Fluid Dynamic ''trinity''; the term express all the processes linking flow, sediment transport and bedform development. Fluid, Sediment transport and Bed Morphology,...
, Ph.D., expected 2025
I am a geomorphologist and first-year PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences co-advised by Dr. David Mohrig (quantitative sedimentology and morphodynamics) and Dr. Tim Goudge (planetary surface processes and remote sensing). I seek a mechanistic understanding of links between landscape process and form. My graduate research uses a drone equipped with lidar sensors to map meander migration of bedrock...
Cole M Speed
, Ph.D., expected 2023
I am a PhD student working in the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) at the Bureau of Economic Geology. Broadly, my research interests lie in the sedimentology and stratigraphy of clastic depositional systems. I am currently studying both modern and ancient fluvial deposits, planform channel-belt evolution, and the connection between morphodynamic process and stratigraphic architecture. I utilize fieldwork, time-lapse remote sensing...
, Ph.D., expected 2022
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...
, Ph.D., expected 2021
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...
Hima J Hassenruck Gudipati
, Ph.D., expected 2020
[bold] Research Interest[/bold]: geomorphology, sedimentology, hydrology
Benjamin T Cardenas
, Ph.D., expected 2019
sedimentary geology | geomorphology | planetary science [bold]Publications[/bold] Cardenas, Mohrig, and Goudge, 2018, Fluvial stratigraphy of valley fills at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Evidence for base-level fluctuations controlled by a downstream water body. GSA Bulletin, 130, 484-498. Goudge, Mohrig, Cardenas, Hughes, and Fassett, 2018, Stratigraphy and paleohydrology of delta channel deposits, Jezero crater, Mars. Icarus, 301, 58-75. Kocurek, Martindale, Day, Goudge, Kerans, Hassenruck-Gudipati, Mason, Cardenas,...
John M Swartz
, Ph.D., expected 2019
Research interests: Sedimentology/stratigraphy, coastal and nearshore processes, quantitative geomorphology, marine geophysics, statistical methods in geoscience
Max S Daniller-varghese
, Ph.D., expected 2019
I am a versatile scientist with five years of research and analytics experience in the geosciences. My analytical skills include [bold]signal processing, numerical modeling, and image processing.[/bold] In my doctoral work I study how rivers transport sediment, how deltas are formed, and how underwater landslides wobble, all using large-scale physical experiments. [bold]Research Interests:[/bold] Geomorphology, Sediment transport, Coastal Dynamics, Density Stratified Flows,...
, Ph.D., expected 2018
fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, coastal rivers, bed forms, bar forms, backwater zone, deltas
Woong Mo Koo
, Ph.D., expected 2018
My current research interests focus on depositional processes in subaqueous transitional flows and their resultant sedimentary characteristics.
, Ph.D., expected 2017
Carbonate Sedimentology & Sequence Stratigraphy, Carbonate Rock Properties, Geo-mechanical Modeling. Research is focused on steep-rimmed carbonate shelf systems, specifically the timing and controls behind shelf margin syndepositional deformation.
Sarah C Brothers , Ph.D., expected 2016 (Committee Member)
Anthony McGlown , M.S., expected 2015 (Supervisor)
Kelsi R Ustipak
, M.S., expected 2015
Clastic sedimentology, deepwater depositional systems, turbidites, transitional flow deposits, siliciclastic petrology, experimental sedimentology, energy resources, karst hydrogeology
Jason C Sanford
, M.S., expected 2014
Jason is an M.S. Candidate in Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently exploring geopressure history and geomechanics of reservoir-scale sand injections in the Panoche Giant Injection Complex in central California as the second component of his M.S. thesis work. Efforts include mapping of sand injections in the PGIC in order to construct 3-D...
John B Shaw , Ph.D., expected 2013 (Supervisor)
, 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.
, Ph.D., expected 2013
I am interested in studying the coupling of geomechanics and geomorphology.
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
Harry L Hull (Committee Member)
|2020||Spring||GEO 391||Pleist-Holo Seds/Sl Records|
|2020||Spring||GEO 302J||Crisis Of Our Planet|
|2019||Fall||GEO 416M||Sedimentary Rocks|
|2019||Summer||GEO f660A||Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut|
|2019||Spring||GEO 302J||Crisis Of Our Planet|
|2018||Fall||GEO 380R||Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I|
|2018||Summer||GEO f660A||Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut|
|2018||Spring||GEO 302P||Sustaining A Planet|
|2018||Spring||GEO 420K||Intro To Field/Strat Meths|
|2018||Spring||GEO 371T||Sediment Grav-Flow Dep Sys|
|2018||Spring||GEO 391||Carbonate Margin Profiles|
|2018||Spring||GEO 391||Sediment Grav-Flow Dep Sys|
|2018||Spring||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2017||Fall||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2017||Fall||GEO 380G||Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2017||Fall||GEO 360G||Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2017||Spring||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2017||Spring||GEO 391||Morphodynam/Quant Stratigraphy|
|2017||Spring||GEO 291||Depositional Mechanics|
|2017||Spring||GEO 371T||Morphodynam/Quant Stratigraphy|
|2017||Spring||GEO 271T||Depositional Mechanics|
|2016||Fall||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2016||Fall||GEO 380R||Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I|
|2016||Fall||GEO 380G||Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2016||Fall||GEO 360G||Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2016||Spring||GEO 394||Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation|
|2016||Spring||GEO 291||Mars Sedimentology|
|2015||Fall||GEO 394||Rsch In Geological Sciences|
|2015||Fall||GEO 391||Sedimntry Source-To-Sink Dynmc|
|2015||Fall||GEO 380R||Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I|
|2015||Fall||GEO 380G||Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2015||Fall||GEO 360G||Const/Intrprt 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2015||Spring||GEO 316P||Sedimentary Rocks|
|2015||Spring||GEO 394||Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation|
|2014||Fall||GEO 394||Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation|
|2014||Fall||GEO 380R||Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I|
|2014||Fall||GEO 380G||Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2014||Fall||GEO 371C||Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2014||Summer||GEO f660A||Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut|
|2014||Spring||GEO 394||Rsch In Clastic Sedimentation|
|2014||Spring||GEO 391||Sedim Gravity Flow Deposit Sys|
|2014||Spring||GEO 391||Fld Strat: Southwest Oregon|
|2014||Spring||GEO 380G||Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy|
|2014||Spring||GEO 371C||Sedim Gravity Flow Deposit Sys|
|2014||Spring||GEO 371C||Constr/Interp 3-D Stratigraphy|