Kyle Straub receives outstanding paper award

Kyle M. Straub with 2009 Outstanding Paper Award presented by the Society for Sedimentary Geology on April 12, 2011.

Kyle Straub Receives Outstanding Paper Award

Assistant Professor, Kyle Straub, along with colleagues C. Paola, D.Mohrig, M. Wolinsky and T. George, has received the 2009 Outstanding Paper Award for his article, "Compensational Stacking of Channelized Sedimentary Deposits."

The award was presented to Kyle by the Society for Sedimentary Geology at their 2011 President's Reception and Awards Ceremony held in Houston, Texas on April 12, 2011.

The paper was the featured cover of the Journal of Sedimentary Research September 2009 issue. In the manuscript Straub and his colleagues present new statistical tools that allow sedimentologists to quantify stratigraphic patterns produced by autogenic dynamics, thus improving our ability to read signals of climate and tectonics preserved in stratigraphy (view abstract). The work used a combination of numerical experiments and analysis of reduced scale experiments and 3D seismic data to build and test their theories.

Straub and his research group are continuing to study autogenic dynamics of sediment transport systems and how they can be quantified in stratigraphy. Recently, work on quantifying the strength of compensation over different time scales completed by graduate student Yinan Wang and Kyle Straub was accepted for publication by the journal Geology. This manuscript should come out in publication later this year. This project is currently supported by the National Science Foundation.

Featured cover

September, 2009 issue, Journal of Sedimentary ResearchCover Photo: Output from stacking model used to study parameters controlling stratigraphic architecture of channelized sedimentary deposits. Controls on stratigraphic architecture are explored using 2D basins which are filled by discrete triangular depositional elements which are meant to represent channel or lobe deposits. In this model, on short time-scales depositional elements cluster to form anti-compensationally stacked deposits. However, due to avulsions prescribed at a given time interval deposits stack compensationally at long time scales. See Straub et al., abstract.


Modeling deposits stacking

Kyle M. Straub, C. Paola, D. Mohrig, M. Wolinsky, and T.George Compensational Stacking of Channelized Sedimentary Deposits JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH 2009 79: 673-688

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