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Dr. Stephen R. Meyers
Vilas Distinguished Professor

Department of Geoscience

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2003

Research Areas:
Paleoclimatology & Paleoceanography, Quantitative Stratigraphy, Sedimentary Geochemistry, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis

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GEOSCI 100: General Geology (3 credit hours)
An introduction to how the Earth works, from the inner core to the climate system. Topics to be covered include: the Earth's heat engine, volcanoes, mountain formation, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and climate change. Next offered Spring 2018.

GEOSCI 430: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3 credit hours)
Comprehensive survey of the processes and products of sedimentation, including depositional environments, sedimentary tectonics, sequence stratigraphic principles, and analytical methods. Last offered Fall 2013.

GEOSCI 431: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Lab (1 credit hour)
Field- and specimen-based laboratory course in Sedimentology & Stratigraphy; emphasizes qualitative and quantitative description and interpretation of sediments and sedimentary deposits. Last offered Fall 2013.

GEOSCI 732: Geochemistry of Sediments (3 credit hours)
An introduction to the chemistry of sediments (chemical sedimentology). The objective of this course is to develop a thorough understanding the processes that control the chemistry of marine and lacustrine sediments, with a special emphasis on the theoretical basis for commonly used paleoenvironmental proxies. Topics to be covered include: controls on the composition of seawater; sedimentary diagenesis near the sediment-water interface; the description and classification of marine and lacustrine sediments; lithogenous, biogenous, hydrogenous, volcanogenic and cosmogenic sedimentary components; patterns of sediment distribution in the world’s oceans; the measurement of time in the paleoclimate archive; a survey of common isotopic, organic, and elemental (trace, minor, major) proxies for paleoenvironmental change. Last offered Fall 2015.

GEOSCI 875: Advanced Topics in Geology, Chronostratigraphy (2 credit hours)
Co-taught with Dr. Bradley Singer. Last offered Fall 2010.

GEOSCI 875: Advanced Topics in Geology: Rhythms in Global Climate (3 credit hours)
An overview of the mechanisms of cyclic climate change, and a review of the geologic evidence for these climate rhythms. We will investigate the theoretical basis for cyclic climate changes on a wide range of timescales (millions of years to decades), with a particular emphasis on the Milankovitch orbital cycles. Some specific topics to be covered include: • Regional and global climate responses to orbital-insolation change. • Millennial-scale paleoclimate variability and abrupt climate change during the Pleistocene and Holocene. • Stochastic versus deterministic forcing of climate and sedimentation. • Astrochronology and the geologic time scale. • An introduction to quantitative methods for assessment of cyclic climate change. Last offered Fall 2014.

GEOSCI 875: Advanced Topics in Geology, Sed Points of Light (1 credit hour)
Next offered Fall 2017.

COURSES TAUGHT AT UNC-Chapel Hill (January 2006-May 2009):

GEOL 101: Introductory Physical Geology

GEOL 202: Earth Systems History

GEOL 507: Rhythms in Global Climate and the Stratigraphic Record

GEOL 513 (a.k.a. GEOL 512): Sedimentary Geochemistry (and the Paleoclimate Archive)

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