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Michael Pope
(979) 845-4376
(979) 845-6162
Halbouty 108AA

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


Post-doctoral research scientist MIT, 1995-1998

Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1995

M.S. University of Montana, 1989

B.S. UCLA, 1985


Fellow – Geological Society of America


GEOL 300 Field Camp

GEOL 306 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

GEOL 330 Geologic field Trips

GEOL 623 Carbonate Rocks

GEOL 624 Carbonate Reservoirs

GEOP 628 Basin Analysis

Michael Pope

Department Head
Carbonate Sedimentology

Research Interests

My research focuses on three main topics:

  1. 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 and how these affect reservoir characterization.
  2. Using detrital zircon geochronology to understand sediment dispersal and large-scale tectonic processes.
  3. 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.

Selected Publications

Most Recent 5 Publications; * Indicates Student Author

*Tesch, P., Reece, R. S., Pope, M.C., and Markello, J.R., 2018, Quantification of architectural variability and controls in an Upper Oligocene to Lower Miocene carbonate ramp, Browse Basin, Australia; Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 91, p. 432-454.

Grader, G. W., Isaacson, P. E., Doughty, P. T., Pope, M. C., and DeSantis, M. K., 2017, Idaho Lost River Shelf to Montana Craton: North American Late Devonian stratigraphy, surfaces, and intrashelf basin, in Playton. E., Kerans, C., and Weissenberger, J. A. W., New Advances in Devonian Carbonates: Outcrop analogs, reservoirs, and chronostratigraphy, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Special Publication No. 107, p. 347-379.

Tice, M. M., *Quezerque, K. , Pope, M.C., 2017, Microbialite Biosignature Detection by Mesoscale X-ray Fluorescence (mXRF) Mapping, Microbiology, v. 17, p. 1161-1172.

*Wahl, P.J., Yancey, T.E., Pope, M.C., Miller, B.V., and Ayers, W.B., 2016, U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of the Upper Paleocene to Lower Eocene Wilcox Group, east-central Texas: Geosphere, v. 12, no. 5. Doi:10.1130/GES01313.1

*Moustafa, M., Grossman, E., Pope, M.C., and Mriheel, Y., 2016, Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Variations of the Middle–Late Triassic Al Aziziyah Formation, Northwest LibyaAccepted for African Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 118, p. 149-162.

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