Dr. Kocurek's research interests are in the sedimentology, geomorphology and stratigraphy of aeolian and related systems. His interests range from fluid flow and grain transport, to bedform dynamics and pattern evolution of dune fields, to the stratigraphic record of aeolian and related systems at the basinal scale on Earth and Mars.

Areas of Expertise

Sedimentology, geomorphology and stratigraphy of aeolian systems; fluid flow and grain transport; bedform dynamics and pattern evolution of dune fields; the stratigraphic record of aeolian and related systems on Earth and Mars.


Editorial Board, Bulletin of Geosciences

Graduate Students

Mackenzie D Day, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)
Covering a broad range of topics under the thesis title [italic] Sedimentary Dynamics of Aeolian Systems on Earth and Mars [/italic], Mackenzie Day's research includes inter-planetary comparison of dunes, analysis of aeolian features on the surface of Mars, and the physics of aeolian bedform formation. Currently Mackenzie is in her fourth year of graduate school and plans to leave UT in May of 2017. She has been a member of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) science team since landing in 2012, and continues to stay active in Curiosity's daily operations. Mackenzie's current research projects include a study of subaqueous dunes in Nebraska, work on aeolian bedform comparison along the MSL rover Curiosity traverse, a study of ancient dune dynamics on the Colorado Plateau, and an assessment of how boundary conditions affect bedform interactions.

Sarah C Brothers, Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)

Anine Pederson, M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)


YearSemesterCourse
2016Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2016Fall GEO 416M Sedimentary Rocks
2016Spring GEO 302E Earth, Wind, And Fire
2015Fall GEO 391 Bedform Pattern Analysis
2015Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Sedimentary Processes
2015Spring GEO 391 Fluvial Trmnl Fans/Aeolian Sys
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Sedimentary Processes
2014Fall GEO 380R Dynamics Of Sedimentary Sys I
2014Fall GEO 416M Sedimentary Rocks
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Sedimentary Processes
2014Spring GEO 391 Fld Strat: Southwest Oregon
2014Spring GEO 302E Earth, Wind, And Fire