Geochemistry & Diagenesis

With one of the top Raman spectroscopy geoscience labs in the world, one of the only biomarker labs in the country, leading facilities performing cutting edge work in geomicrobiology and geochronology among many other areas, KU Geochemistry is poised to move to an even higher level of success.

KU Geochemistry has long been known for its excellence. Emeritus professors Ernest Angino and Randy van Schmus, and former professors like Pat Bickford led the Department to national distinction and helped pioneer the discipline. Today KU’s world-class geochemistry group is tackling the most intriguing geoscience questions of the day with research ranging from aqueous geochemistry and biogeochemistry to isotope geochemistry, low-temperature geochemistry, and carbonate and oil shale geochemistry.With support from the National Science Foundation, energy companies like ExxonMobil and Shell Oil, and many other sources, KU faculty are working to understand speleothems in limestone and dolostone caves, and to better explain the formation and evolution of sedimentary rock. KU geochemists have tracked the isotopic geochemistry of groundwater. They have called into question the earliest known evidence for life on Earth and sought to understand the pathways by which carbon is preserved and stored. Among many other research projects, they have also synthesized dolomite at low temperatures without the help of bacteria, and explored the cryosphere in the Arctic and Antarctic with stable isotopes and geochemical tracers.

At KU Geochemistry, students learn from geoscientists with diverse approaches. In the fall of 2014, KU Geology is breaking ground on a new home – the state-of-the art Earth, Energy and Environment Center. The best is yet to come.

The Faculty

Michael Blum
Ritchie Distinguished Professor of Geology

  • Fluvial and coastal sedimentology
  • Sequence stratigraphy of continental and shallow-marine successions
  • Global to regional sea-level change and geologic responses to global change
  • Geological Society of America Fellow

J.F. Devlin
Professor

  • Hydrology/contaminant transport

David Fowle
Associate Professor

  • Geobiology of carbonates
  • Microbial CO2 sequestration
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Limnology

Luis A. González
Professor and Chair

  • Stable isotopes
  • Carbonate geochemistry
  • Diagenesis
  • Paleoclimate
  • Geological Society of America Fellow

Gwendolyn L. Macpherson
Associate Professor

  • Hydrogeology

Craig P. Marshall
Associate Professor

  • Ramen spectroscopy
  • Mineral characterization
  • Molecular-level carbon investigation

Noah M. McLean
Assistant Professor

  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Thermochronology

Andreas Möller
Assistant Professor

  • Geochronology
  • Petrology
  • Isotope geochemistry

Alison N. Olcott Marshall
Assistant Professor

  • Paleobiogeochemistry
  • The organic geochemistry of carbonates and oil shales
  • Microbial carbonates

Jennifer A. Roberts
Associate Professor

  • Geobiology of carbonates
  • Dolomitization
  • Diagenesis
  • Microbial CO2 sequestration

Randy L. Stotler
Assistant Professor

  • Hydrogeology
  • Stable isotopes and geochemical tracers

J. Douglas Walker
Union Pacific Resources Distinguished Professor

  • Structural geology
  • Geochronology
  • Tectonics
  • Geological Society of America Fellow

Anthony W. Walton
Associate Professor

  • Sedimentary petrology
  • Low temperature geochemistry
  • Mineralogy
  • Geological Society of America Fellow



Internationally recognized programs
Millions in grants and contracts for research
Generous financial support for students
Research projects that stretch to Antarctica, Greenland, and numerous points in between
Birthplace and home of Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology
A thriving field program that sends undergraduate and graduate students throughout the world
Industry recruiters who visit annually to hire KU Geology's graduating students
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