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


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. Currently, I am working on several projects related to 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 data, and reduced complexity models to understand how fluvial landscapes change through time and how this is recorded in the rock record.

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)

Relating the Geomorphology and Stratigraphy of an Ancient Fluvial Avulsion Node: An example from the Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, Eastern Utah, USA, SEPM ISGC 2020, Flagstaff, AZ (2020)

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