Matthew B Nix

Matthew B Nix
B.S., General Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2019
M.S., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2021


Committee Member

I began my Masters in August of 2019 with a project field site located near Fernie, British Columbia. My project is focused on conducting a basin analysis study by integrating a source to sink understanding that utilizes sub-disciplines consisting of sedimentology, geochronology, stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. Outcomes of the project will allow for a better understanding of shifts in sediment dispersal within the Western Margin of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. This will be achieved using detailed methods such as detrital zircon geochronology, heavy mineral analysis, and sandstone petrography, which will target provenance changes through time. Integrating these provenance data sets with field data (detailed measured sections, stratigraphic analysis, paleo-flow measurements) will allow for the reconstruction of sediment dispersal and drainage patterns during the respective time interval. The stratigraphic interval of interest within this study is from Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous, which contains the enigmatic "Sub-Cretaceous Unconformity" within Western Canada stratigraphy. A better understanding of the duration of this unconformity, and conditions for it's existence/causation will also be gained through conducting this research.

Current Research Projects

Shifts in deposition, sediment dispersal, and provenance for the Kootenay and Blairmore Groups: Implications for foreland basin dynamics in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin

Past Research Projects

Controls on the sedimentation and morphology of an oxbow lake along the Trinity River, Texas, USA.

R. Randy Ray Memorial Grant - 2020 AAPG Grants-in-Aid Program (2020 - 2021)

2020 GSA Research Grants - Geological Society of America (2020 - 2021)

Undergraduate Research Fellowship - University of Texas at Austin (2018 - 2019)

Horizontal Engineer Platoon Leader, 302nd Engineer Company, 980th Engineer Battalion, United States Army Reserve (2019 - Present)

Controls on the sedimentation and morphology of an oxbow lake along the Trinity River, Texas, USA., Poster Session presented at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C. (2018)