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Jamie Austin, UTIG Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director International Relations
Jamie Austin, UTIG senior research scientist and Associate Director International Relations.

Jamie Austin

Senior Research Scientist, Associate Director International Relations

Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979)
B.A., Amherst College (1973)

Telephone 512-471-0450
Email: jamie at

Jamie uses a variety of geophysical tools to examine the stratigraphic evolution of a wide range of marine and lacustrine environments around the world.  These tools include 2D multichannel seismic reflection profiling, and imaging using both deep-towed boomer and chirp sonar. He has worked on many passive continental margins, but his present and long-term focus is the latest Pleistocene-Holocene geology of the New Jersey continental shelf off the east coast of the U.S. Another recent international collaborative effort (in association with colleagues from Stanford University, the University of Geneva and ETH/Zurich) involved high-resolution seismic profiling and coring of Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina), in an attempt to decipher the geologic record of lake basins and contained sediments. The research goal was to use this neotectonic and stratigraphic record to understand both the recent structural evolution of the Patagonian orocline and the history of oscillations of Southern Hemisphere westerly winds. In November 2005, Jamie led a seismic expedition on the French vessel Alis to Sabine Bank west of the New Hebrides in the western Pacific, in a search for MIS 2-5 reefs, using boomer and chirp sonar profiling.

Jamie is also presently chair of AGU's Development Board, charged with guiding fund-raising activities of the Union in association with Union staff. Jamie serves as a graduate research advisor or co-advisor to candidates for both masters and doctoral degrees. He has advised students from the Department of Geological Sciences (DGS), The University of Texas at Austin; the Department of Oceanography (DOO), Texas A&M University; and RSMAS, University of Miami.