Gene Rankey

Natural Sciences and Mathematics - Geology
Primary office:
Ritchie Hall, room 354B
University of Kansas
1414 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


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.


Ph.D., Geology, University of Kansas
M.S., Geological Sciences, University of Tennessee
B.S., Geology, Augustana College

Teaching Interests

  • Carbonate Depositional Systems
  • Oceanography
  • Seismic Interpretation
  • Field Geology
  • Subsurface Geology


Dr. Rankey's research program focuses on understanding and quantifying the nature and controls on variability in surface processes and geomorphic forms in modern tropical marine and nearshore carbonate sedimentary systems. To achieve these goals, research at KU emphasizes field study of modern systems and atolls, where both process (waves, tides, etc.) and product (sediment accumulations) can be observed, and their relations rigorously evaluated and modeled, to develop testable quantitative and conceptual models for the origin of the stratigraphic record of carbonate successions. Recently, the focus has naturally evolved to evaluating the impact of global change on Earth-surface processes in shallow marine and coastal tropical systems, including reefs and tropical coastlines.

Dr. Rankey's experiences also include integration of geologic data with seismic interpretation, seismic modeling, and seismic attribute analysis, from regions including GOM, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, west Texas, offshore Brazil and Canada. He teaches short courses in seismic interpretation of carbonate successions as well.

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Marine Geology
  • Remote sensing
  • GIS
  • Carbonates
  • Seismic Data Interpretation and Analysis
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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

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