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 2024

Mailcode: C1160


I am a Ph.D. student with interests in remote sensing, geospatial data analytics, and Earth/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 geomorphic evolution of rivers and the architecture of their resultant deposits, which has applications in infrastructure management, energy exploration, and carbon sequestration. Over the last few years, I have started to dive deeper into the development of python-based workflows for processing, analyzing, and visualizing high-resolution imagery and topography and have recently started working on problems related to image segmentation and classification.

Research Interests: Remote sensing, geomorphology, stratigraphy, cartography, Python

Current Research Projects

Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) ( view ) Morphodynamics Research Group ( view )

Graduate Student Seed Proposal 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 - 2020)

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)

Speed, C.., Sylvester, Z.., Morris, P.. & Mohrig, D.. (2024). The impact of post-cutoff bend curvature on channel kinematics in meandering rivers: an example from the Trinity River, Texas, USA. Geological Society of London, Special Publication, 540. doi:.

Speed, C.., Swartz, J.., Gulick, S.. & Goff, J.. (2022). Seismic expression and stratigraphic preservation of a coastal plain fluvial channel belt and floodplain channels on the Gulf of Mexico inner continental shelf. Sedimentology, 70(2), 451-474. doi:.