sedimentary geology | stratigraphy
Simon Brassell, Doug Edmonds, Lisa Pratt, Juergen Schieber, Bob Wintsch
JUERGEN SCHIEBER Professor of Geological Sciences | Sedimentary Geology
The past year has seen the completion of our latest
we do even supports innovative inter-
flume (see below), a facility that can mimic orbital flow
pretations of mudstones found on Mars
(wave action), tidal current regimes, and high shear
(as part of the Mars Science Lab mis-
stress situations. With its completion the flume lab has
sion). Current graduate students and
now four flumes that can experimentally explore every
academic visitors work on a range of
flow condition, chemistry, and flow regime that one
projects, including field studies, flume
might encounter on the continental shelf and in deep
research, and petrographic investiga-
sea environments. Because we additionally have the
tions. The research conducted at the
technical know-how to preserve and then petrograph-
lab is sought after by industry and val-
ically study flume produced sediments and compare
ued in academia as demonstrated by
them to the rock record, this is a unique research facility
requests for short courses (see below)
for shale studies that has no equivalent elsewhere in the
and symposia at the national (AAPG in Houston) and
world. The lab continues to conduct research on shale
international level (University of Vienna; China Univer-
sedimentology that is well received and published in a
sity of Petroleum).

variety of geoscience journals (ca. 7000 citations for
Juergen’s research site: http://www.shale-mud-
the lab and its various activities). Some of the research
The wave and tide flume in the 5th floor flume lab. It is a unique facility with
sophisticated electronic controls that allow us to program entire experiments
so that they can be repeated identically as specific variables are modified to
explore parameter space. As part of an appointment as a Visiting Professor at the University
of Vienna (Summer 2016), I taught our Shale Short Course to geo-
science students and geologists from OMV, the national oil company
of Austria.

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