Assistant Professor
Ritchie Hall

Dr. Bartlow's research uses geodesy and other observations to study the mechanics of earthquakes and fault slip with a special interest in subduction zones.

Ritchie Distinguished Professor
Lindley Hall, 325

Dr. Blum is interested in surface processes and the stratigraphic record, fluvial and coastal sedimentology, source-to-sink sediment dispersal, and sequence stratigraphy.”


Lindley Hall, 102



David Fowle
Dean's Professor, Chair, Department of Geology
Ritchie Hall, 254C

Dr. Fowle's research focus is geomicrobiology, aqueous geochemistry and limnology.

Ritchie Hall, room 154B

Dr. Franseen's research primarily involves sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonate and siliciclastic strata.

Haas Distinguished Professor
Ritchie Hall, room 354D

Robert Goldstein is the Haas Distinguished Professor of Geology at the University of Kansas.  In addition to his duties as Distinguished professor he has served as Associate Chairperson, Chairperson, Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Provost’s Special Advisor on Campus Development. He currently co-leads the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonates Consortium, an industry-funded research consortium concentrating its work on carbonate rocks and oil and gas reservoirs. His research concentrates on limestones and dolomites, how their diagenesis serves as geochemical records of events in geologic history and how their stratigraphy and diagenesis can be used to predict reservoir properties.

Steve Hasiotis - KU Geology
Lindley Hall, Room 116


Dr. Hasiotis's research program focuses on integrating continental and marine ichnology with sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology in siliciclastic, carbonate, and mixed sedimentary systems. 

Slawson Hall, room 170D

Dr. Hill’s research focus is hydrogeology and food, energy, water systems. My group addresses questions such as: How could water quality and quantity systems, agriculture, and renewable energy evolve in ways that maintain food production and support environmentally and economically healthy communities?

Faculty/Associate Scientist
Lindley Hall, 316B

Dr. Kamola works in sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and sedimentary basin analysis with current research including controls on stratal patterns in sedimentary basins and high frequency sequence stratigraphy of shallow marine strata.

Associate Professor
Ritchie Hall, 154 C

Dr. Marshall’s research focus is solid-state Raman spectroscopy, in particular understanding the Raman spectrum of hematite, mineralogy, and astrobiology.

Associate Professor
Slawson Hall, room 170H

Dr. McLean has long been interested in using high-precision thermo- and geochronology to solve geological problems, especially those that require resolution at the limits of analytical precision. A main thrust of his research involves quantitatively interpreting the large volume of information used to calculate and interpret isotopic dates.

Associate Professor
Slawson Hall, room 170G

Dr. Möller and his students use geochronology and thermobarometry to study the history of ancient mountain belts, and the source regions and deposition ages of sediments.

Alison Olcott
Associate Professor
Slawson Hall, room 270C

Dr. Olcott's research combines organic geochemical techniques with paleontological and geological techniques, to characterize the evolution and preservation of the biosphere through time, especially in intervals of Earth’'s history where the traditional fossil record is sparse.

Ritchie Hall, room 354B

Dr. Rankey focuses on fundamental controls on the nature and variability of carbonate sedimentary, geomorphic, and stratigraphic systems, using Holocene systems to develop predictive understanding of carbonates in the stratigraphic record.

Ritchie Hall, room 254C

Dr. Roberts specializes in hydrochemistry and microbial geochemistry, bridging basic and applied science and focusing on the role of microorganisms on mineral chemistry and weathering as it applies to carbon sequestration, petroleum reservoir diagenesis, paleoclimate, and water quality from the nano- to landscape scales.

Professor and Director
Lindley Hall, 316B

Dr. Schulmeister’s research emphasizes the use of hydrogeology, geochemisty, and geophysics in addressing earth’s environmental problems.

Director of the Paleontological Institute, Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor
Lindley Hall, 121

Dr. Selden and his students research into the evolution of fossil arthropods, mainly Chelicerata (horseshoe crabs, sea scorpions, arachnids and their allies).

Ritchie Hall, 354A

Leigh and her students use field-based, remote sensing and modeling techniques to study glacier dynamics, ice sheet mass balance and climate change.

Randy Stotler KU Geology
Assistant Professor
Slawson Hall, room 170F

Dr. Stotler's research interest is hydrogeology.

Associate Professor
Ritchie Hall, room 154D

Dr. Suarez's research focuses on paleoclimate through the study of geochemical proxies (especially stable isotopes), sedimentary geology, and petrography.  


114 Lindley Hall

Dr. Taylor uses remote sensing, geodesy, isotope geochemistry, and structural geology to understand the dynamics of continental deformation.

Ritchie Hall, 354B

Dr. Tsoflias' research interests are in applied geophysics (exploration geophysics, hydrogeophysics, biogeophysics) and the development of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and high-resolution seismic imaging methods.  Please visit my website.

Douglas Walker
Acting Chair, Co-Director, Isotope Geochemistry Laboratories , Union Pacific Resources Distinguished Professor
Slawson Hall, room 170J

Dr. Walker's research interests are in integration of Tectonics, Geochronology, and GIS to better understand the geologic development of contractile and extensional systems.

Associate Professor
Lindley Hall, 318

Dr. Walton focuses on sedimentary petrology, low temperature geochemistry, and mineralogy.

Assistant Professor
Ritchie Hall, Room 154A
Dr. Zhang'’s research interests focus on using geophysics to better understand tightly coupled physical, chemical, and biological processes in subsurface.
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

Adjunct Associate Professor,

Research Associate, Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas

Bruce C. Frederick
Adjunct Researcher
Lindley Hall
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Earth Sciences

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Adjunct Professor
+44 (0) 191-208-7930
Cassie Building, Room 3.04

Professor of Environmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Adjunct Associate Professor
K. Christopher Beard photo
Courtesy Professor
Dyche Hall, Room 321B

Foundation Distinguished Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Senior Curator, Biodiversity Institute

Moore 512
Courtesy Associate Professor
406 Moore

Associate Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

Courtesy Professor, Preparator
Dyche Hall

Preparator - Vertebrate Paleontology, Biodiversity Institute

Courtesy Professor
Moore 513

Senior Scientist, Geohydrology Section Chief, Kansas Geological Survey

Courtesy Professor
Parker 202

Senior Scientific Fellow, Kansas Geological Survey

Courtesy Professor
Public Safety Building, Room Suite 140
Franek Hasiuk
Courtesy Associate Professor, Associate Scientist, Energy/CCUS Research and Paleozoic Stratigraphy, Kansas Geological Survey
Kansas Geological Survey, 204 Parker Hall
Courtesy Professor
Dyche Hall
Tony Layzell, KU Geology courtesy professor
Courtesy Assistant Professor

Assistant Scientist 
Quaternary Geologist
Kansas Geological Survey

Courtesy Associate Professor
520 Moore

Associate Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

Courtesy Professor
Parker 111

Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

Senior Scientist and Director, Kansas Geological Survey, University Distinguished Professor, Anthropology, Director, Odyssey Geoarcheology Research Program
Parker 101

Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey and Professor, Anthropology

Courtesy Professor
Moore 216

Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

Sahar Mohammadi
Courtesy Assistant Professor
Kansas Geological Survey, Room: Parker 210

Dr. Sahar Mohammadi is an Assistant Scientist and courtesy Assistant Professor at the Kansas Geological Survey. Dr. Mohammadi’s research program focuses on regional diagenesis and mineralization of Paleozoic carbonate rocks in the southern Midcontinent of North America.

Diana Ortega Ariza
Assistant Scientist and Courtesy Professor , Kansas Geological Survey, Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy
(785) 864-1271
Parker 209
Erin Seybold
Courtesy Faculty, Assistant Scientist, Hydrogeochemist, Kansas Geological Survey
Moore 403

Assistant Scientist, Hydrogeochemist, Kansas Geological Survey

Associate Scientist
Parker Hall, 115

Assistant Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

507 Moore

Senior Scientific Fellow, Environmental Geochemistry, Kansas Geological Survey

Assistant Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
(785) 864-0364
Kansas Geological Survey

Assistant Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

Emeritus Professor
(785) 864-2736

Ph.D., Kansas, 1961.

Research: Inorganic geochemistry with emphasis on aqueous and environmental geochemistry. Origin of natural hydrogen and nitrogen gases. Antarctic efflorescences and associated unusual mineralogy.

Associate Professor
Lindley Hall, 316A

Dr. Black's work focuses on geophysics, including reflection seismology.

Emeritus Professor
(785) 864-2729

Ph.D., Stanford, 1955.

Research: Quaternary geology and geomorphology of the central Plains and northern Rocky Mountains, origin of complex loess columns, and geological interpretation of archaeological sites.

Paul Enos KU Geology
Emeritus Distinguished Professor

Ph.D., Yale University
M.S., Stanford University
Fulbright Student, Universität Tübingen
B.S., University of Kansas

Research: Sedimentology, carbonate facies, and diagenesis, specifically Cretaceous carbonates in Mexico and Permo-Triassic carbonates in China. Interests include mass-flow deposits, modern carbonates, and Mid-continent cyclothems.

Luis Gonzalez
Retired Professor, Geology

Dr. González is interested in stable isotope chemistry and its application to continental paleoclimatology, carbonate geochemistry with emphasis on isotopic and trace elemental chemistry, carbonate geology with emphasis on karst development and carbonate deposition in marine and karst systems, and carbonate diagenetic processes.

Professor Gwendolyn Macpherson
Emerita Professor
104 Lindley Hall

Gwendolyn Macpherson studies chemical hydrogeology, water resources and groundwater's role in the global carbon cycle.

Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., Kansas, 1970.

Research: Theoretical description of flow systems; characterization of aquifer heterogeneity by field, laboratory, and modeling activities; Model studies of groundwater availability in Kansas.

Emeritus Distinguished Professor
(785) 864-2739

Ph.D., Texas, 1962.

Research: Invertebrate paleontology and biostratigraphy with emphasis on early Paleozoic. Trilobite biostratigraphy, and Middle Cambrian faunas of North America, Greenland, and China.

Emeritus Professor, Senior Curator Emeritus, Natural History Museum
(785) 864-2741

Ph.D., Leeds, 1953.

Research: Invertebrate paleontology with emphasis on Lower Paleozoic faunas and stratigraphy. Evolution of the Brachiopoda and Neoproterozoic to Cambrian development of the plate margin of Greater Antarctica.

Professor Emeritus, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lindley Hall, 17

Dr. Steeples began serving as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in March 2015.

Emeritus Professor, Union Pacific Resources Distinguished Professor
(785) 864-2727

Ph.D., UCLA, 1964.

Research: Geochemistry and regional geology with emphasis on geochronology of Early Proterozoic orogenic belts. Proterozoic basement of North America, and the Precambrian shields of Brazil and western Africa

Postdoctoral Researcher
Slawson Hall G172
Lindley Hall, Room 5
Professor Gwendolyn Macpherson
Emerita Professor
104 Lindley Hall

Gwendolyn Macpherson studies chemical hydrogeology, water resources and groundwater's role in the global carbon cycle.

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
Complete the online form to be considered for the scholarship award.