Jon J. Smith

Research Centers - Kansas Geological Survey
Associate Scientist
Primary office:
Parker Hall
Room 115
University of Kansas
1930 Constant Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66047-3726


My short biography


Ph.D., Geology, University of Kansas

M.S., Geology, Georgia State University

B.S., Geology, Georgia State University



Teaching Interests

  • Stratigraphy
  • Paleontology
  • Sedimentology
  • Chronostratigraphy


Research Statement

Research Interests

  • Paleontology
  • Sedimentology
  • Chronostratigraphy


Service Statement

Selected Publications

Ludvigson, G. A., González, L. A., Fowle, D. A., Roberts, J. A., Driese, S. G., Villarreal, M. A., Smith, J. J., Suarez, M. B., Driese, S. G., & Nordt, L. C. (2013). Paleoclimatic implications and modern process studies of pedogenic siderite. In , New Frontiers in Paleopedology and Terrestrial Paleoclimatology (pp. 79-87). .

Smith, J. J., & Sleezer, R. (2012). Preliminary geology field maps and stratigraphic column, Harvey County, Kansas (Peabody NW, Elbing, and Whitewater USGS 7.5 minute quadrangles). Kansas Geological Survey.

Selected Presentations

Smith, J. J. (11/04/2016). Getting to the Bottom of the High Plains Aquifer: New insights into the Depositional History and Stratigraphy of the Cenozoic High Plains. National Association of State Boards of Geology, Council of Examiners Workshop Subject Matter Experts meeting. Lawrence, KS

Smith, J. J. (01/25/2015). Lessons from the Living: Using Modern Organisms to Answer Paleontological Questions. Kansas-Missouri Paleontological Society meeting. Park University at Parkville, MO

Smith, J. J. (10/24/2014). Lessons from the Living: Two Neoichnological Case Studies. New Mexico Highlands University, Department of Natural Sciences . Las Vegas, NM

Smith, J. . (04/17/2014). Getting to the Bottom of the Ogallala: Scientific Drilling in the High Plains of Western Kansas. University of Mississippi, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. University of Mississippi

Smith, J. J. (09/13/2012). Coring the Ogallala: Scientific Drilling in the High Plains of Western Kansas. University of Kansas, Department of Geology Colloquium Series.

Smith, J. J. (11/04/2008). Chemostratigraphic, Paleopedologic, and Paleobiologic Response to Climate Change: Two Case Studies in Terrestrial Cenozoic Deposits. Kansas Geological Survey.

Smith, J. J. (09/13/2007). Ichnology and Paleopedology of the Willwood Formation, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming Through the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum: Response of Soil Ecosystems to a Transient Global Warming Event . Kansas Geological Survey.

Smith, J. J. (05/09/2007). The Occurrence and Distribution of Ichnofossils Across the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), Willwood Formation, Wyoming: The Response of Ancient Soil Biota to Global Warming. University of Kansas, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center.

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