Potential research projects for graduate students

U.S. East Coast

Holocene stratigraphy of the shoreface, Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia), from high-resolution marine seismic surveys.  Emphasis on the stratigraphic record and facies preserved during the Holocene sea-level rise.   

Influence of antecedent geology and modern shoreface processes on shoreline change, Atlantic Coast of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Internal structure and evolution of shoreface sand ridges, Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Hydrogeology of the coastal bays along the Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Geomorphology, hydrogeology, and Holocene evolution of Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia.

Evolution of Delaware Bay and adjacent continental shelf during the Holocene transgression.

Geologic setting and history of incised valleys associated with the “Chincoteague Bight” along the Virginia Eastern Shore.

Great Lakes Region

High-resolution seismic stratigraphy and the deglacial history of the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

Geomorphology, subsurface stratigraphy, and processes associated with the formation of the Oak Openings sand ridge, northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Nipissing and post-Nipissing lake-level changes and development of coastal dune fields, western coast of Michigan.

The history of the Lake St. Clair delta, eastern Michigan and western Ontario.