The Berg-Hughes Center at Texas A&M that strives to teach undergraduate and graduate students the fundamentals of good science and technology to make them more valuable geologists to the petroleum industry. I will present the results (some still ongoing) of three M.S. student projects funded by the Berg-Hughes Center on deepwater and slope carbonates and mixed carbonate and siliciclastic systems. The projects are: 1) from the Permian Basin looking at a toe of slope and basinal environment; 2) from an Eagleford Shale outcrop study in west Texas; and 3) from an outcrop study of Middle Cambrian-Early Ordovician slope deposits in Nevada. These studies are providing new insights into deepwater and slope depositional processes in carbonates and mixed carbonate and siliciclastic systems.
Speaker Mike Pope, PhD
Mike Pope was born and raised in California, he attended Community College in San Diego and then earned a B.S. in Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA in 1985. Mike earned an M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana in 1989 studying Early Cambrian carbonates in British Columbia and ...
Mike Pope was born and raised in California, he attended Community College in San Diego and then earned a B.S. in Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA in 1985. Mike earned an M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana in 1989 studying Early Cambrian carbonates in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, Canada. Mike earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1995 working on Ordovician carbonates in Kentucky and Virginia. Mike studied Precambrian carbonates with John Grotzinger during a post-doc at MIT then worked at Mobil from 1998-1999. Mike taught at Washington State University from 1999 – 2009 and then moved to Texas A&M where he teaches carbonate and siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy and field camp. Mike’s research focuses on two main subjects:
Integrating litho-, chemo- and chronostratigraphy in a regional sequence stratigraphic framework to understand high-frequency and long-term climatic and oceanic processes affecting development of sedimentary successions, especially in carbonates; towards this end I am currently most interested in the transitions that occur between global icehouse and greenhouse conditions.
Using detrital zircon geochronology to understand sediment dispersal and large-scale tectonic processes.