Michael L Sweet

Michael L Sweet
Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
Program Co-Director, UT Gulf Basin Depositional Synthesis Project (GBDS)


Office: ROC

Mike is co-director of the Gulf Basin Depositional Synthesis Project (GBDS), an industry-supported research project that assembles and synthesizes well, seismic, and other data to establish a basin-scale depositional history of the Gulf of Mexico. His work is focused on Cenozoic depositional system. He is interested in quantifying how sediment moves between depositional environment, particularly between shallow marine and deep-water environments. He is interested in how fluids move in the subsurface and on stratigraphic barriers and baffles to flow.

Current Research Programs & Projects

Quaternary Evolution of Mississippi Canyon

Sediment routing from shallow marine to deep-water environments in the Cenozoic northern Gulf of Mexico


President, Gulf Coast Section of SEPM (2021 - 2022)

Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Societies, Technical Program Committee, GeoGulf 2021 Meeting - Austin (2020 - 2021)

Editor, AAPG Bulletin, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2013 - 2016)

Sweet, Michael. (2019). Sediment routing from shelf to basin floor in the Quaternary Golo System of Eastern Corsica, France, western Mediterranean Sea. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 132(5/6), 1217-1234. doi:.

Sweet, M. (2021). How fast do submarine fans grow? Insights from the Quaternary Golo fans, offshore Corsica. Geology, 49(10), 1204-1208. doi:.

Sweet, M. (2021). Deep-water deposits of the Eocene Tyee Formation, Oregon. From Terranes to Terrains: Geologic Field Guides on the Construction and Destruction of the Pacific Northwest: Geological Society of America Field Guide 62 (, pp. 19-48): Geological Society of America. doi:.

Undergraduate Positions

Quaternary Evolution of Mississippi Submarine Canyon (Position duration is unknown)
Michael Sweet (Institute for Geophysics) is looking for an undergraduate student researcher to use bathymetric and seismic data to understand the evolution of the Mississippi Submarine Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico. The researcher will learn to interpret seismic data and use ArcGIS software to integrate bathymetry and other geospatial data. The student will receive a $2500 scholarship from the Institute for Geophysics. Depending on progress, there may be opportunities for publication.