Kyle MKyle M. Straub
Associate  Professor

Phone: 504-862-3273
Fax: 504-865-5199

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room 203 Blessey Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

Further Information & Interests
Sediment Dynamics Laboratory


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2002

Research Interests

Experimental Sedimentology
Quantitative Stratigraphy
Submarine Morphodynamics
Seismic Geomorphology

Selected Publications

Armstrong, C., Mohrig, D., Hess, T., George, T., Straub, K.M., 2014.  Influence of growth faults on coastal fluvial systems:  Examples from the late Miocene to Recent Mississippi River Delta.  Sedimentary Geology, v. 301, pp. 120-132, DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2013.06.010.

Straub, K.M., Paola, C., Kim, W., Sheets, B., 2013.  Experimental investigation of sediment-dominated vs. tectonics-dominated sediment transport systems in subsiding basins.  Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.83, pp. 1162-1180, DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2013.91

Straub, K.M., and Wang, Y., 2013.  Influence of water and sediment supply on the long-term evolution of alluvial fans and deltas:  Statistical characterization of basin-filling sedimentation patterns:  Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, v. 118, DOI: 10.1002?JGRF,20095.

Pyles, D.R., Straub, K.M., Stammer, J., 2013.   Spatial variation in the composition of turbidites due to hydrodynamic fractionation.  Geophysical Research Letters, v. 40, DOI: 10.1002/GRL.50767.

Straub, K. M. and Esposito, C.R., "Influence of water and sediment supply on the stratigraphic record of alluvial fans and deltas: Process controls on stratigraphic completeness." Journal of Geophysical Research  Earth Surface, v. 118, doi: 10.1002/JGRF.20061, 2013.

Straub, K.M. and Pyles, D.R., 2012, "Quantifying the hierarchical organization of compensation in submarine fans using surface statistics." Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 82, p. 889-898, DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2012.73

Straub, K. M., Mohrig, D., Pirmez, C., 2012, Architecture of an aggradational tributary submarine channel network on the continental slope offshore Brunei Darussalam, in Prather, B.E., Deptuck, M.E., Mohrig, D., Van Hoorn, B., and Wynn, R.B., eds., Application of the Principles of Seismic Geomorphology to Continental-Slope and Base-of-Slope Systems: Case Studies from Seafloor and Near-Seafloor Analogues, SEPM, Special Publication 99, pp. 13-30, DOI: 10.2110/pec.12.99.0061.

Straub, K. M., Ganti, V., Paola, C., and Foufoula-Georgiou, E., "Prevalence of exponential bed thickness distributions in the stratigraphic record: Experiments and theory." Journal of Geophysical Research  Earth Surface, v. 117, doi: 10.1029/2011JF002034, 2012.

Wang, Y., Straub, K.M., Hajek, E.A., 2011, Scale dependant compensational stacking: an estimate of autogenic timescales in channelized sedimentary deposits: Geology, v. 39 (9), p. 811-814, DOI: 10.1130/G32068.1

Ganti, V., Straub, K. M., Foufoula-Georgiou, E. and Paola, C., "Space-time dynamics of depositional systems: Experimental evidence and theoretical modeling of heavy-tailed statistics." Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, v. 116, doi: 10.1029/2010JF001893, 2011.

Straub, K.M., Mohrig, D., Buttles, J., McElroy, B., Pirmez, C., Quantifying the influence of channel sinuosity on the depositional mechanics of channelized turbidity currents: A laboratory study: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 744-760, DOI:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.05.014, 2011.

Paola, C., Straub, K. M., Mohrig, D., Reinhardt, L., "The 'unreasonable effectiveness' of stratigraphic and geomorphic experiments." Earth-Science Reviews, v. 97, p. 1-43, 2009

Straub, K. M. and Mohrig, D., "Growth of constructional canyons via sheet flow turbidity currents: observations from offshore Brunei Darussalam." Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.79, p. 24-39, 2009.

Straub, K. M., Paola, C., Mohrig, D., Wolinsky, M.A., George, T., "Compensational stacking of channelized sedimentary deposits." Journal of Sedimentary Research, 2009.

Abrams, D.M., Lobkovsky, A.E., Petroff, A.P., Straub, K. M., McElroy, B., Mohrig, D.C., Kudrolli, A., Rothman, D.H., "Growth laws for channel networks incised by groundwater flow. "Nature Geosciences, v. 2(3), p. 193-196, 2009.

Straub, K. M. and Mohrig, D., "Quantifying the morphology and growth of levees in aggrading submarine channels." Journal of Geophysical ResearchEarth Surface, v. 113, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000896, 2008.

Straub, K. M., Mohrig, D., Buttles, J., McElroy, B., Pirmez, C.,"Interactions between turbidity currents and topography in aggrading sinuous submarine channels, A laboratory study." Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120(3/4), p. 368-385, 2008.

Straub, K. M., Jerolmack, D.J., Mohrig, D., Rothman, D.H., "Channel network scaling laws in submarine basins." Geophysical Research Letters, v.34, doi: 10.1029/2007GL030089, 2007.

Courses Taught

EENS 3270 – Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
EENS 4160 – Construction and Interpretation of 3D Stratigraphy
EENS 6080 – Depositional Mechanics
EENS 6160 – Construction and Interpretation of 3D Stratigraphy

101 Blessey Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-865-5198