School of Earth and Environment

Michelle Shiers Michelle Shiers

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 8.07 13 SCR

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience


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2008-2012: 1st Class degree in Geological Sciences BSc. (Hons) MGeol (Int.) from the University of Leeds including a year at the Australian National University, Canberra (2010-11)

Project details

Project title

Sedimentology of fluvial and tidally-influenced channel-to-overbank transitions in low- and high-accommodation settings: an outcrop case study from the Upper Mesa Verde Group, Utah, USA


Dr Nigel Mountney and Dr Dave Hodgson


Woodside, Australia

Start date

1st August 2012

Project outline

The aim of this project is to categorise the processes by which sediments are transferred from in-channel areas to levees, splays, splay channels and floodplain lakes in the interchannel overbank areas e.g. at times of flood. As well as this, the project aims to develop a series of quantitative depositional models that describe the range of sedimentary architectures present in mixed accommodation fluvial and tidally influenced fluvial successions.

The Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Neslen Formation, Mesa Verde Group, is well exposed over a 120 km-long strike transect along the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah and is composed of sandstone, siltstone, carbonaceous mudrock, coal and rare mud-chip conglomerate. These deposits accumulated in a meandering fluvial system that traversed a low-relief, low-gradient coastal plain passing seaward into a paralic coastline and shallow marine setting at the margins of the Western Interior Seaway.