Leila Joyce Seals, Ph.D. Candidate

Ph.D. Candidate, Sedimentary Geology
Primary office:
Kansas Geological Survey, Parker Hall Room 105
University of Kansas
1930 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045



Dr. Rolfe Mandel

Dissertation Topic:

Late Quaternary landscape evolution and geoarchaeology of the Big Blue River valley, northeastern Kansas



Master of Science, Geology, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Binghamton University (SUNY)


Other interests: women and other underrepresented minorities in STEM, public archaeology, ethnogeology, geoscience outreach and informal education as a means of increasing access to, and participation in, the geosciences

Research Interests

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Sedimentology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Coastal and alluvial geology
  • Late Quaternary landscape evolution
  • Peopling of the Americas
  • Geoarchaeology of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

Selected Awards & Honors

Self Graduate Fellow, 2015-2019

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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.
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