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Texas A&M University
Halbouty 051
Department of Geology and Geophysics,
MS 3115,
College Station, Texas 77843


GEOP628 Basin Architecture, Fall 2009 

Dr. Michael Pope

Associate Professor, Interim Director of Berg-Hughes Center

Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.S. University of Montana


Research Interests

  • Integrating litho-, chemo- and chronostratigraphy in a regional sequence stratigraphic framework to understand high-frequency and long-term climatic and oceanic processes affecting development of sedimentary successions; towards this end I am currently most interested in the transitions that occur between global icehouse and greenhouse conditions.
  • Using detrital zircon geochronology to understand sediment dispersal and large-scale tectonic processes.
  • Determining the structural deformation (twinning, cataclasis, brecciation, etc.) produced in carbonates by meteorite impacts as a means to establish objective criteria for cratering – similar to shocked quartz.


  • Associate Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. September 2005 to 2009
  • Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. August 1999 to August 2005
  • Research Scientist, Mobil Technology Corporation, Dallas, Texas. August 1998-July 1999
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. October 1995 to July 1998

Awards, Honors, & Distinctions

  • National Association of Geology Teachers-U.S.G.S. Summer Field Assistantship, 1985
  • Geological Society of America Outstanding Student Research Award 1992
  • Geological Society of America, Sedimentary Division, Outstanding Student Research Proposal 1993
  • Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Student Excellence and Development Award 1993
  • Faculty of the Year Award Nominee, Disability Awareness Association, Washington State University 2000
  • 2nd Vice-Chair, Sedimentary Geology Division, Geological Society of America 2005
  • 1st Vice-Chair, Sedimentary Geology Division, Geological Society of America 2006
  • Chair, Sedimentary Geology Division, Geological Society of America 2007
  • Past Chair, Sedimentary Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 2008-2009
  • Voted Geological Society of America Fellow, 2008

Recent Publications

  • Dilliard, K., Pope, M.C., Coniglio, M., Hasiotis, S. M., and Lieberman, B., 2007, Stable Isotope Geochemistry of the Lower Cambrian Sekwi Formation, Northwest Territories, Canada: Implications for ocean chemistry and secular curve generation: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology, v. 256, p. 174-194.
  • Pope, M.C., Algeo, T., Saltzman, M.R., and Bartley, J.K., 2007, Preface to Special Issue on Proterozoic to Paleozoic Ocean Chemistry: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology, v. 256, p. iii-iv.
  • Isaacson, P.E., Grader, G.C., Pope, M.C., Montanez, I.P., Butts, S.H., Batt, L.S., and Abplanalp, J., 2007, Devonian-Mississippian Antler foreland basin carbonates in Idaho: Significant subsidence and eustasy events: Mountain Geologist, v. 44, p. 119-140.
  • Grader, G.W., Isaacson, P.E., Diaz-Martinez, E., and Pope, M.C., 2008, Pennsylvanian and Permian Sequences in Bolivia: Direct Responses to Gondwana Glaciation: in Fielding, C., Frank, T., and Isbell, J., eds., Resolving the Late Paleozoic Ice Age in Time and Space, GSA Special Paper 441, Boulder, CO, p.
  • Batt, L.S., Pope, M.C., Isaacson, P.E., Montañez, I.P., Abplanalp, J., 2008, Late Mississippian Antler Foreland Basin Carbonates and Siliciclastics, East-Central Idaho and Southwestern Montana: Distinguishing Tectonic and Eustatic Controls on Deposition: in Controls on Carbonate Platform and Reef Development, SEPM Special Publication 89, Lukasik, J. and Simo, T. (eds.), p.
  • J. Abplanalp, M.C. Pope, C. Pink, J.A. Watkinson, 2008, Geologic Map of the Southern Beaverhead Range (Parts of Copper Mountain, Shamrock Gulch, Scott Butte, and Snaky Canyon Quadrangles), Clark, Jefferson, and Lemhi Counties, East-Central Idaho: Idaho Geological Survey, Digital Web Map T-08-1, scale 1:24,000.
  • Pope, M.C., Holland, S.M., and Patzkowsky, M., 2009, The Cincinnati Arch - a Stationary Peripheral Bulge During the Late Ordovician: Swart, P.K., Eberli, G.P., and McKenzie, J.A., eds., Perspectives in Carbonate Geology, IAS Special Publication 41 Honoring Bob Ginsburg, Sussex, UK, p. 255-276.
  • Pope, M.C., Hollingsworth, S., and Dilliard, K.A., Overview of Lower Cambrian Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Deposition Along the Western Laurentian Passive Margin (in review), AAPG special volume to honor James Lee Wilson
  • Bush, J., Thomas, R.C., and Pope, M.C., Sauk Sequence Deposition, Paleogeography, Grand Cycle Development and Mass Extinction Events: Northeastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana, in review, AAPG special volume to honor James Lee Wilson
  • Abplanalp, J., Isaacson, P.E., Batt, L.S., and Pope, M.C., 2009, Conodont biostratigraphy of Chesterian strata (Late Mississippian-Early Pennsylvanian), east-central Idaho and southwest Montana: Mountain Geologist, v. 46, p. 89-103.


  • Geological Society of America, 1985-present
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1992-present
  • Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 1992-present
  • International Association of Sedimentologists, 1999-present
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