Evan K. Franseen

Natural Sciences and Mathematics - Geology, Kansas Geological Survey
Primary office:
Ritchie Hall, room 154B
University of Kansas
1414 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:


Dr. Franseen's research primarily involves sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonate and siliciclastic strata. His research approach is integrative and projects to date have utilized Ioutcrop and subsurface data, high-resolution and conventional seismic methods, ground- penetrating radar, paleomagnetic methods, biostratigraphy, petrography, geochemical techniques, and computer modeling to better discern variables such as global, regional and local sea-level fluctuations, paleoceanographic conditions, climate, paleotopography, and autogenic processes that control carbonate depositional systems.

Dr. Franseen is a Principal Investigator for the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonates Consortium (KICC), which is sponsored by petroleum industry companies. The research overview button on the upper panel at this site illustrates some of the types of current and proposed research projects on carbonate systems.

Field research and field trips with graduate students are a major focus. The following link is a short movie showing parts of a field trip led to Miocene-Pliocene Carbonate Sequences in Spain for students from KU and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez: http://www.geo.ku.edu/~geology/fieldActivities/Spain_Field_Trip.m4v

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonate and siliciclastic strata
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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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