RICHARD T. BUFFLER POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Zach is a siliciclastic sedimentologist and basin analyst. He works in both modern and ancient sediment dispersal systems to understand how tectonic, climate and in modern time, anthropogenic processes are recorded in the detrital record. In his current research at UTIG in the Gulf of Mexico Basin Depositional Synthesis Project team, he is focused on understanding the tectonic controls on the generation of accommodation and the sediment dispersal patterns in onshore eastern Mexico and offshore in the southern Gulf of Mexico. In particular, he is working to understand the drivers behind the gravitational collapse of the western margin of the Gulf of Mexico in the Neogene in response to complex onshore tectonics. In addition to Gulf of Mexico basin analysis, Zach maintains an interest in expanding the use of conventional sedimentology techniques like provenance analysis to address questions of human landscape alteration and dynamic future Anthropocene environments among other projects in ancient sedimentary basins in the southern Andes and Canadian Rockies.
basin analysis, sedimentology, tectonics, provenance analysis, sedimentology in the Anthropocene
P.h.D., Geological Sciences, Stanford University
B.Sc. Geosciences, Trinity University