Craig Fulthorpe, UTIG Senior Research Scientist
Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., M.S., Northwestern University (1988, 1979);
B.S., University of Leeds (1975)
email: craig at ig.utexas.edu
Craig seeks to better understand the origins of the sequence stratigraphic record by evaluating the relative roles of local geological processes and global sea level (eustasy) in creating depositional geometries. Though sequence stratigraphy has gained general acceptance as an interpretive tool, the theory that sequences are globally synchronous and caused by eustatic cycles has proved difficult to confirm, partly because both sequence architecture and timing are influenced by local controls (e.g., rates of subsidence and sediment supply, isostasy, compaction, and current activity) in addition to eustasy. Craig's projects have focused on passive margins in different parts of the world: offshore New Jersey, the northeast Gulf of Mexico, the North West Shelf of Australia, and the Canterbury Basin offshore New Zealand. He has also extended his work to active margins, analyzing the sequence stratigraphy of forearc basins off northern California and on the Pacific margin of Nicaragua. His New Jersey and California projects were components of STRATAFORM, a broad sea-level and stratigraphic initiative funded by the Office of Naval Research. His work offshore New Jersey also involved the integration of data from ODP Legs 150 and 174A. He is lead proponent of IODP drilling proposals to calibrate the seismic interpretations from both the New Zealand and Australian projects. IODP drilling of the Canterbury Basin, New Zealand (ISAS Preliminary Proposal (in PDF Format): "Global and local controls on continental margin depositional cyclicity: Canterbury Basin, eastern South Island, New Zealand."), has been tentatively scheduled for ~2008.