Geology Center of Research Excellence
Sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology research at Mines
The Geology Center of Research Excellence (CoRE) is an innovative industry-academic partnership that promotes world-class research and education while focusing on scientific and technical challenges faced by the energy industry. We specialize in deepwater, fluvial, and shallow marine stratigraphy using a quantitative outcrop characterization research approach. The majority of our research involves fieldwork. Each year, CoRE supports 4-6 graduate students pursuing MS or PhD degrees which entail research in one of the center’s focus areas.
At CoRE, we focus our research into three themes:
- Stratigraphic architecture (outcrop focused, with seismic/core data where applicable)
- Scaling relationships for depositional systems (modern and subsurface-focused, with outcrop data serving as the link between the geomorphology and the stratigraphic record)
- Source-to-sink sediment dispersal (e.g., using detrital zircon geochronology, automated mineralogy, petrography, and GIS data to constrain sediment flux and sedimentary basin evolution)