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Donald Lowe

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Donald  Lowe
Education: 
  • 1967 | Ph.D. Geology University of Illinois
  • 1964 | B.S. Geology Stanford University
Professional Experience: 
  • 1993 - Present | Professor of Geological & Environmental Sciences Stanford University
  • 1988 - 1993 | Professor of Geology Stanford University
  • 1988 | Consulting Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1982 - 1983 | Acting Chairman Department of Geology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1981 | Visiting Lecturer Department of Geology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1980 - 1981 | Visiting Professor Department of Geology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1978 - 1988 | Professor Department of Geology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1973 - 1978 | Associate Professor Department of Geology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1970 - 1973 | Assistant Professor Department of Geology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1968 - 1970 | Post-doctoral Research Associate U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California
  • 1967 - 1868 | Instructor in Geology University of Illinois
  • 1966 - 1967 | Visiting Graduate Fellow at the Sedimentary Research Laboratory University of Reading, Reading, England
Honors & Awards: 
  • 2012 |  Max Steineke Professor
  • 1994 | 1994 Research Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • 1968 - 1970 | U.S. Geological Survey Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1964 | Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa1964 - 1967 | National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
University Service: 
  • 2011 | Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee for G. Hilley
  • 2011 | Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee for J. Payne
  • 2009 - 2011 | Member, University Committee on Health and Safety
  • 2008 - 2009 | Member, GES Space Committee
  • 2008 - Present | Chair, GES Graduate Admissions Committee
  • 2007 - 2008 | Member, GES Graduate Admissions Committee
  • 2007 - Present | Associate Chair, GES
  • 2007 - 2009 | Chair, GES Long Range Planning Committee 2
  • 2006 - 2007 | Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in Geological Sciences
  • 2005 | co-Chair, GES Faculty Search Committee (Paleobiology)
  • 2004 - 2005 | Organizer, GES website for planetary and early biological evolution
  • 2003 | Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee for Chris Chyba
  • 2003 - 2004 | Member, School of Earth Sciences Subcommittee on Core disciplines
  • 2003 - 2004 | Member, GES Faculty Search Committee (Surface Processes)
  • 2002 - 2004 | Organized 4 courses in planetary science taught in GES by scientists from NASA/Ames Research Center and USGS
  • 2001 - 2002 | Chair, GES Undergraduate Program Committee
  • 2000 - 2001 | Member, GES Admissions Committee
  • 2000 - 2004 | Chair, GES Long Range Planning Committee
  • 1999 - 2000 | Member, Stanford Office of Technology and Licensing Grants Committee 1999 | Earth Sciences representative on Walk Through Time committee
  • 1997 - 1998 | Member, Soil Scientist Search Committee
  • 1993 - 1998 | Member, Interschool Faculty Committee for the Goldman Environmental Honors Program
Professional Activities: 
  • 2012 | Keynote Speaker, International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Symposium on Large Asteroid Impacts and Crustal Evolution
  • 2012 | Leader, Stanford-KFUPM Field Trip to Death Valley
  • 2009 | Invited Speaker, Hess Forum on Thin-Bedded Sediments
  • 2008 | Invited Speaker, CSU-Channel Islands, Symposium, "Early Life on the Ancient Earth and Mars"
  • 2008 | Invited Speaker, Geological Society of Vienna,
  • 2008 | Invited Speaker, Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life (COEL) of the National Academies of Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • 2008 | Co-Leader, Pacific Section of AAPG Field Trip, Deepwater Sediments in Central California
  • 2008 | Invited Speaker, Deepwater Sediments, RAG (petroleum company, Vienna, Austria) and Reliance Industries (India)
  • 2007 | Invited Speaker/Participant: Core Workshop: Deep-Water Reservoirs of California: AAPG
  • 2007 | Invited Keynote Speaker, Biosignatures in Ancient Rocks Workshop, Sudbury, Ontario
  • 2006 | Invited Speaker, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006 - Present | co-Leader (w/Graham) AAPG Field Seminar: Deep-Water Siliciclastic Reservoirs
  • 2005 - 2008 | Member, Subcommission on Subdivision and Calibration of the Precambrian Time Scale , International Commission on Stratigraphy
  • 2005 | Invited Speaker, Shirley A. Kliegal Lecture in Geology, California Institute of Technology
  • 2005 | Invited Speaker, UCLA Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
  • 2005 | co-Chair, Symposium on Deep-Water Sedimentation, Annual Meeting of GSA Cordilleran Section, San Jose, CA
  • 2005 | Invited Speaker, Barberton Geological Society, South Africa
  • 2005 - Present | Member, Editorial Board, Astrobiology
  • 2004 - 2005 | Member NASA 2009 MSL mission team
  • 2004 | Invited Speaker, Goldschmidt Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2004 | Invited Lecturer, G. Derwood Baker Distinguished Lecture Series, Avenidas, Palo Alto, CA
  • 2004 | Invited Speaker, Barberton Geological Society
  • 2004 - 2005 | Sabbatical leave
  • 2003 | Organized and led 10-day field conference, Archean Surface Processes, in the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa that was attended by 29 international participants.
  • 2002 | Invited Speaker, UCLA Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • 2002 | Invited Speaker, Osterreichische Geologische Gesellschaft (Austrian Geological Society), Vienna
  • 2002 | Invited Speaker, Rohol Aussuchungs Gesellschaft, Vienna, Austria
  • 2002 | Invited Speaker, Barberton Geological Society, South Africa
  • 2002 | Invited Speaker, UCLA Rubey Symposium, Impacts and the origin, Evolution, and Extinction of Life
  • 2002 - 2006 | Member, Impacts Focus Group of NASA Astrobiology Institute
  • 2001 | Invited Speaker, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • 2001 | Invited Speaker, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 2001 | Invited Speaker, Peninsula Geological Society
  • 2001 | Invited Speaker, SEPM Diamond Jubilee Symposium, Denver, CO
  • 2000 | Organizer and Leader, AAPG Hedberg Field Research Conference, Deep-water Sandstones, Submarine Canyon to Basin Plain, Western California, April 9-14, 2000
  • 2000 - 2002 | Member, SETI Advisory Committee on long-range planning for new program on Life in the Universe
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker , Petrobras Conference on Deep-water Sedimentation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, UCLA
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, Louisiana State University
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, Triton Energy, Dallas, Texas
  • 2000 | Invited Speaker, Barberton Geological Society, South Africa
  • 2000 - 2009 | Member, UCLA Center for Astrobiology
  • 2000 - 2005 | Member, Editorial Board, Astrobiology
  • 1999 | Member, NRC/NSF/GSA panel to consider future research directions and initiatives in sedimentary geology
  • 1999 | Invited Lecturer, Conference on North Sea Petroleum province
  • 1999 | Member, advisory group, NASA/Ames Astrobiology Program, objectives and goals of new Astrobiology laboratory at NASA/Ames Research Center
  • 1999 | Member, advisory panel, Calif. Acad. Sci., major new directions for CAS programs over the next 10-15 years
  • 1999 | Member, NASA Ames Space Science Review Panel
  • 1999 - 2000 | Leader, Science Definition Team for NASA Astrobiology Research Laboratory
  • 1998 | Invited Lecturer, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1998 | Invited Participant and Speaker, Statoil Research Summit, Processes, Stratigraphy, and Lithology Distribution in Deep-water Clastic Systems-An Update, Trondheim and Stavanger, Norway
  • 1998 | Invited Lecturer, San Joaquin Geological Society, Bakersfield, CA
  • 1998 | Field Trip Leader, Unocal, Deep-water Systems in Western California
  • 1998 - 2000 | Member, GSA Committee on Honorary Fellows
  • 1998 - 2009 | Member, Penn State Astrobiology Research Consortium
  • 1997 | Qualline Lecturer (a series of 3 lectures), Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1997 | Invited Participant, SEPM Debate at Annual AAPG-SEPM Meeting: Processes of Deep-water Clastic Sedimentation and Their Reservoir Implications: What Can We PredictNULL
  • 1997 | Invited Lecturer, BP Petroleum (Houston) and Texaco (UK)
  • 1997 | Invited Scientist, Kyushu University, Collaborative Studies of Japanese Siliceous Sinter
  • 1995 - 1998 | Member, Grant Proposal Review Panel, NASA Exobiology Program
  • 1995 - 1997 | Member, GSA Committee on the Penrose Medal Award
  • 1993 - Present | Co-Director of Stanford Project on Deep-Water Depositional Systems (SPODDS)
  • 1990 - Present | Member, Editorial Board, Precambrian Research
Courses Taught: 
  • 2012 (Spring) | GES 292 Directed Reading with Faculty [Enrolled 2]
  • 2012 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 7]
  • 2012 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2011 (Fall) | GES 258 Intro to Depositional Systems [Enrolled 13]
  • 2011 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2011 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 5]
  • 2011 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2011 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2011 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2011 (Fall) | GES 258 Introduction to Depositional Systems [Enrolled 13] 
  • 2011 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2011 (Spring) | GES 292 Directed Reading [Enrolled 2]
  • 2011 (Winter) | GES 151 Sedimentary Geology (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 5]
  • 2011 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2011 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2010 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2010 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2010 (Fall) | GES 252 Sedimentary Petrography [Enrolled 8]
  • 2010 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2010 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2010 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 3]
  • 2010 (Winter) | GES 151 Sedimentary Geology (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 14]
  • 2010 (Spring) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 3]
  • 2010 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2010 (Summer) | GES 385 Practical Experience [Enrolled 1]
  • 2010 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2009 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2009 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2009 (Spring) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2009 (Spring) | GES 213 Topics in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 5]
  • 2009 (Summer) | GES 385 Practical Experience [Enrolled 1]
  • 2009 (Summer) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2009 (Fall) | GES 250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 11]
  • 2009 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2009 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2009 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2009 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2009 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 252 Sedimentary Petrography [Enrolled 5]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 192 Ugrad Research in G&ES [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 213 Topics in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 11]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Disseration [Enrolled 2]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GES 151 Sedimentary Geology (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 4]
  • 2008 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2008 (Spring) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Spring) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2008 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2007 (Spring) | GES 198 Special Problems in GES [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2007 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 299 Field Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 7]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2007 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2007 (Spring) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Spring) | GES 208 Seminar In Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 9]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2007 (Fall) | GES 250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 8]
  • 2007 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Winter) | GES 151 Sedimentary Geology (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 6]
  • 2007 (Summer) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 1]
  • 2007 (Spring) | GES 213 Topics in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 8]
  • 2006 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2006 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2006 (Fall) | GES 252 Sedimentary Petrography [Enrolled 7]
  • 2006 (Winter) | GES 151 Sedimentary Geology (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 6]
  • 2006 (Fall) | GES 197 Senior Thesis [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2006 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Spring) | GES 258 Introduction to Depositional Systems [Enrolled 7]
  • 2006 (Spring) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2006 (Winter) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Winter) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2006 (Spring) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2006 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2005 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2005 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Spring) | GES 220 Biosignatures [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Winter) | GES 120 Biosignatures [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Winter) | GES151 Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems (w/ Graham)† [Enrolled 6]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 9]
  • 2005 (Fall) | GES197 Senior Thesis [Enrolled 1]
  • 2004 | GES192 Undergraduate Research in GES [Enrolled 1]
  • 2004 | GES151 Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 8]
  • 2004 | BIOSCI29N The Origin and Limits of Life (w/ Bohannan) [Enrolled 11]
  • 2004 | GES 252 Sedimentary Petrography [Enrolled 9]
  • 2004 (Winter) | GES192 Undergraduate Research in GES [Enrolled 1]
  • 2004 (Winter) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 4]
  • 2004 (Winter) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2004 | GES 120 Physical Constraints Evolution [Enrolled 16]
  • 2004 (Summer) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2004 (Summer) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 3]
  • 2004 (Spring) | GES 400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 2]
  • 2004 (Spring) | GES 802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 3]
  • 2004 (Spring) | GES 801 TGR Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2004 | GES198 Special Problems in GES [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 | GES 151Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 11]
  • 2003 | GES 250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 7]
  • 2003 | GES 42N Early Life on Earth [Enrolled 9]
  • 2003 | GES148 / GES248 Carbonates, Sedimentation & Diagenesis (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 12]
  • 2003 | GES252 Sedimentary Petrography [Enrolled 9]
  • 2003 (Winter) | GES190 WIM Project [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 (Fall) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 5]
  • 2003 (Fall) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 2]
  • 2003 (Summer) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 3]
  • 2003 (Summer) | GES399 Advanced Projects [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 (Summer) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 (Summer) | GES385 Practical Experience [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 (Spring) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 4]
  • 2003 (Spring) | GES802 TGR Dissertation [Enrolled 1]
  • 2003 (Winter) | GES400 Graduate Research [Enrolled 6]
  • 2002 | GES151 Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems [Enrolled 6]
  • 2002 | GES250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 7]
  • 2002 | GES258 Introduction to Depositional Systems [Enrolled 8]
  • 2002 | GES350 Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 13]
  • 2002 | GES357 Problems in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 1]
  • 2002 | GES457 Research in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 20]
  • 2002 | GES198 Special Problems in Geological and Environmental Sciences [Enrolled 1]
  • 2002 | GES042N Early Life on Earth [Enrolled 15]
  • 2001 | GES134 Planetary Geology and Early Life on Earth [Enrolled 11]
  • 2001 | GES234 Planetary Geology and Early Life on Earth [Enrolled 16]
  • 2001 | GES457 Research in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 19]
  • 2001 | GES151 Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 3]
  • 2001 | GES252 Sedimentary Petrography [Enrolled 8]
  • 2001 | GES192 Special Projects in Geological & Environmental Sciences [Enrolled 6]
  • 2001 | GES42N Stanford Introductory Seminar: Early Life on Earth [Enrolled 13]
  • 2001 | GES801 TGR Project [Enrolled 5]
  • 2000 | GES457 Research in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 10]
  • 2000 | GES42N Early Life on Earth [Enrolled 13]
  • 2000 | GES151 Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 6]
  • 2000 | GES250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 9]
  • 2000 | GES252 Sedimentation Petrography [Enrolled 8]
  • 2000 | GES357 Problems in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 1]
  • 1999 | GES002 Earth History [Enrolled 50]
  • 1999 | GES003 Earth History Lab [Enrolled 4
  • 1999 | GES151 Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 4]
  • 1999 | GES357 Problems in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 1]
  • 1999 | GES457 Research in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 6]
  • 1999 | GES258 Depositional Systems [Enrolled 14]
  • 1998 | GES002 Earth History [Enrolled 52]
  • 1998 | GES457 Research in Sedimentary Geology [Enrolled 16]
  • 1998 | GES250 Sedimentation Mechanics [Enrolled 5]
  • 1998 | GES151 Sedimentary Geology and Petrography: Depositional Systems (w/ Graham) [Enrolled 7]
  • 1998 | GES003 Earth History Lab [Enrolled 9]
Publications: 
  • 2012* | Lowe, D.R., Byerly, G.R., and Heubeck, H., Geologic map of the west-central Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Map Series. 
  • 2012* | Krull-Davatzes, A., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., Mineralogy and diagenesis of 3.24 Ga meteorite impact spherules: Precambrian Research, v. 196-197, p. 128-148. 
  • 2011* | Bernhardt, A., Jobe, Z.R., Grove, M., and Lowe, D.R., Palaeography and dischronous infill of an ancient deep-marine foreland basin, Upper Cretaceous Cerro Toro Formation, Magallanes Basin: Basin Research, v. 23, p. 1-26.
  • 2011* | Jobe, Z.R., Lowe, D.R., and Morris, W.R., Climbing-ripple successions in turbidite systems: depositional environments, sedimentation rates and accumulation times: Sedimentology,  v. 59, p. 867-898.
  • 2011* | Stiegler-Thompson, M.E., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., Fragmentation and dispersal of komatiitic pyroclasts in the 3.5-3.2 Ga Onverwacht Group, Barberton Greenstone belt, South Africa, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 123, p. 1112-1126.
  • 2011* | Bernhardt, A., Jobe, Z.R., and Lowe, D.R., Stratigraphic evolution of a submarine channel-lobe complex system in a narrow fairway within the Magallanes foreland basin, Cerro Toro Formation, southern Chile: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 785-806.
  • 2011* | Jobe, Z.R., Lowe, D.R., and Uchytil, S.J., Two fundamentally different types of submarine canyons along the continental margin of Equatorial Guinea: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 843-860.
  • 2010* | Krull-Davatzes, A., Byerly, G.R., and Lowe, D.R., Evidence for a low O2 Archean atmosphere from nickel-rich chrome spinels in 3.24 Ga impact spherules, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 296, p. 319-328.
  • 2010 | Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., Did LHB end not with a bang but a whimper? The geologic evidence: 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. 2563.
  • 2010* | Jobe, Z.R., Bernhardt, A., and Lowe, D.R., Facies and architectural asymmetry in a conglomerate-rich submarine channel fill, Cerro Toro Formation, Sierra del Toro, Magallanes Basin, Chile: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 80, p. 1085-1108.
  • 2008 | Graham, S.A., and Lowe, D.R., 2008, Preface, in Nilsen, T., Shew, R., Steffens, G, and Studlick, J., eds., Deep-Water Outcrops of the World Atlas: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Special Publication, p. 2.
  • 2008 * | Crane, W.H., and Lowe, D.R., 2008, Architecture and evolution of the Paine channel complex, Cerro Toro Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Silla Syncline, Magallanes Basin, Chile: Sedimentology, v. 55, p. 979-1009.
  • 2008 * | Duerichen, E.T., and Lowe, D.R., 2008, Sedimentology and architecture of coarse-grained submarine channel fills, Lobitos Village, Peru: in Nilsen, T., Shew, R., Steffens, G, and Studlick, J., eds., Deep-Water Outcrops of the World Atlas: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Special Publication 56, 3 p.
  • 2008 * | Stiegler, M.T., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., 2008, Abundant pyroclastic komatiitic volcanism in the 3.5-3.2 Ga Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Geology, v. 36, p. 779-782.
  • 2008 | Bernhardt, A., Jobe, Z.R., Lowe, D.R., 2008, The evolution of an elongate foreland basin: the deep- to shallow-marine filling of the Cretaceous Magallanes Basin, Chile, 28th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, p. 268-310.
  • 2007 * | Bao, H., Rumble, D., III, and Lowe, D.R., 2007, The five stable isotope compositions of Fig Tree barites: Implications on sulfur cycle in ca. 3.2 Ga oceans: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 71, p. 4868-4879.
  • 2007 * | Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., 2007, An overview of the geology of the Barberton greenstone belt and vicinity: Implications for early crustal development: in Van Kranendonk, M.J., H. Smithies, and V. Bennett (eds.), Earth's Oldest Rocks, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 481-526.
  • 2007 * | Lowe, D.R., and Tice, M.M., 2007, Tectonic controls on atmospheric, climatic, and biological evolution 3.5-2.4 Ga: Precambrian Research, v. 158, p. 177-197.
  • 2007 * | Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., 2007, Ironstone bodies of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Products of a Cenozoic hydrological system, not Archean hydrothermal vents! Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 119, p. 65-87.
  • 2007 * | Hessler, A.M., and Lowe, D.R., 2007, Weathering and sediment generation in the Archean: An integrated study of the evolution of siliciclastic sedimentary rocks of the 3.2 Ga Moodies Group, Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Precambrian Research, v. 151, p. 185-210.
  • 2006 * | Tice, M.M., and Lowe, D.R., 2006, The origin of carbonaceous matter in pre-3.0 Ga greenstone terrains: A review and new evidence from the 3.42 Ga Buck Reef Chert: Earth Science Reviews, v. 76, p. 259-300.
  • 2006 * | Krull-Davatzes, A.E., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., 2006, Compositional grading in an 3.24 Ma impact-produced spherule bed, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: A key to impact plume evolution: South African Journal of Geology, v. 109, p. 233-244.
  • 2006 * | Hren, M.T., Lowe, D.R., Tice, M.M., Byerly, G.R., and Chamberlain, C.P., 2006, Stable isotope and rare earth element evidence for recent ironstone pods within the Archean Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 70, p. 1457-1470.
  • 2006 * | Tice, M.M., and Lowe, D.R., Hydrogen-based carbon fixation in the earliest known photosynthetic organisms: Geology, v. 34, p. 37-40.
  • 2006 * | Tice, M.M., and Lowe, D.R., 2006, Hydrogen-based carbon fixation in the earliest known photosynthetic organisms: Geology, v. 34, p. 37-40.
  • 2006 * | Tice, M.M., and Lowe, D.R., 2006, The origin of carbonaceous matter in pre-3.0 Ga greenstone terrains: A review and new evidence from the 3.42 Ga Buck Reef Chert: Earth Science Reviews, v. 76, p. 259-300.
  • 2005 * | Roy, A., Byerly, G.E., Lowe, D.R., Walsh, M.W., and Bianchetti, C., Iron and manganese minerals from South African ironstone deposits: Physica Scripta, v. T115, 918-920.
  • 2004 * | Simonson, B.M., Byerly, G.R., and Lowe, D.R., 2004, Early Precambrian stratigraphic record of large extraterrestrial impacts: in Eriksson, P.A., and Nelson, D., Tempos and Events in Precambrian Time: Amsterdam, Elsevier, p. 27-45.
  • 2004 | Lowe, D.R., and Ghosh, B., 2004, A stratigraphic and architectural-element methodology for the subdivision and interpretation of deep-water clastic sequences: an example from the Cretaceous Venado Sandstone, Sacramento Valley, California: In: Appi, C.J., D'Avila, R., and Viana, A., eds., Deep-Water Sedimentation: Technological Challenges for the Next Millennium: ABGP (Brazilian Association of Petroleum Geologists), Special Paper No. 1.
  • 2004 * | Lowe, D.R., and Tice, M.M., Geologic evidence for Archean atmospheric and climatic evolution: Fluctuating levels of CO2, CH4, and O2 with an overriding tectonic control: Geology, v. 32, p. 493-496.
  • 2004 | Lowe, D.R., Deep-water sandstones: Submarine canyon to basin plain, western California: Pacific Section AAPG and AAPG, Pacific Section AAPG Publication GB 79, 79 p.
  • 2004 | Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., Ironstone pods in the Archean Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Earth's oldest seafloor hydrothermal vents reinterpreted as Quaternary subaerial (Spring) |s: Reply: Geology, Online Forum, pp. e69
  • 2004 * | Kim, Bok Chul, and Lowe, D.R., Depositional preocesses of the gravelly debris flow deposits, South Dolomite alluvial fan, Owens Valley, California: Geosciences Journal, v. 8, p. 153-170.
  • 2004 * | Tice, M.M., and Lowe, D.R., Photosynthetic microbial mats in the 3,416-Myr-old ocean: Nature, v. 431, p. 549-552.
  • 2004 * | Sylvester, Z., and Lowe, D.R., Textural trends in turbidites and slurry beds from the Oligocene flysch of the East Carpathians, Romania: Sedimentology, v. 51, p. 945-972.
  • 2004 * | Tice, M.M., Bostick, B.C., and Lowe, D.R., Thermal history of the 3.5-3.2 Ga Onverwacht and Fig Tree Groups, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, inferred by Raman microspectroscopy of carbonaceous material: Geology, v. 32, p. 37-40.
  • 2004 * | Hessler, A.M., Lowe, D.R., Jones, R.L., and Bird, D.K., A lower limit for atmospheric carbon dioxide levels 3.2 billion years ago: Nature, v. 428, p. 736-738.
  • 2003 * | Lowe, D.R., Guy, M., and Palfrey, A., Facies of slurry-flow deposits, Britannia Formation (Lower Cretaceous), North Sea: implications for flow evolution and deposit geometry: Sedimentology, v. 50, p. 45-80.
  • 2003 * | Knauth, L.P., and Lowe, D.R., High Archean climatic termperature inferred from oxygen isotope geochemistry of cherts in the 3.5 Ga Swaziland Supergroup, South Africa: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 115, p. 566-580.
  • 2003 * | Kyte, F.T., Shukolyukov, A., Lugmair, G.W., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., Early Archean spherule beds: Chromium isotopes confirm origin through multiple impacts of projectiles of carbonaceous chondrite type. Geology, v. 31, p. 283-286
  • 2003 * | Lowe, D.R., Byerly, G.R., Kyte, F.T., Shukolyukov, A., Asaro, F., and Krull, A., Spherule Beds 3.473.24 Billion Years Old in the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: A Record of Large Meteorite Impacts and Their Influence on Early Crustal and Biological Evolution: Astrobiology, v. 3, p. 7-48.
  • 2003 * | Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., Ironstone pods in the Archean Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Earth's oldest seafloor hydrothermal vents reinterpreted as Quaternary subaerial (Spring) |s: Geology, v. 31, p. 909-912.
  • 2003 * | Lowe, D.R., and Braunstein, D., Microstructure of high-temperature (>73oC) siliceous sinter deposited around hot (Spring) |s and geysers, Yellowstone National Park: The role of biological and abiological processes in sedimentation: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 40, p. 1611-1642
  • 2003 | Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., 2003, Field guide to the geology of the 3.5-3.2 Ga Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Guidebook prepared for Field Conference, Archean Surface Processes, June 23-July 2, 2003, 184 p.
  • 2002 * | Hickson, T.A., and Lowe, D.R., Facies architecture of a submarine fan channel-levee complex: Juniper Ridge Conglomerate, Coalinga, California: Sedimentology, v. 49, p. 335-362. 2002 * Byerly, G.R., Lowe, D.R., Wooden, J.L., and Xie, X., An Archean impact layer from the Pilbara and Kaapvaal Cratons. Science 297, 1325-1327.
  • 2001 * | Lowe, D.R., Anderson, K.S., and Braunstein, D., The zonation and structuring of siliceous sinter around hot (Spring) |s, Yellowstone National Park, and the role of thermophilic bacteria in its deposition: in Reysenbach et al., eds., Thermophiles: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, p. 143-166..
  • 2001 * | Braunstein, D., and Lowe, D.R., Relationship between (Spring) | and geyser activity and the deposition and morphology of high temperature (>73?C) siliceous sinter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, U.S.A.: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 71, p. 747-763.
  • 2001 * | Inagaki, F., Motomura, Y., Doi, K., Taguchi, S., Izawa, E., Lowe, D.R., and Ogata, S., 2001, Silicified microbial community at Steep Cone Hot (Spring) |, Yellowstone National Park: Microbes and Environments, v. 16, p. 125-130.
  • 2000 * | Shukolyukov, A., Kyte, F.T., Lugmair, G.W., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., The oldest impact deposits on Earth - First confirmation of an extraterrestrial component: in Gilmour, I., and Koeberl, C., eds., Impacts and the early Earth: (Spring) |er-Verlab, Berlin, p. 99-116.
  • 2000 * | Lowe, D.R. and Guy, M., Slurry-flow deposits in the Britannia Formation (Lower Cretaceous), North Sea: A new perspective on the turbidity current and debris flow problem: Sedimentology, v. 47, p. 31-70. 2000 Lowe, D.R., Deep-water sandstones, submarine canyon to basin plain, western California: Field guide for AAPG Hedberg Field Research Conference, 72 pp.
  • 1999 * | Walsh, M.M. and Lowe, D.R., Modes of accumulation of carbonaceous matter in the Early Archean: A petrographic and geochemical study of the carbonaceous cherts of the Swaziland Supergroup. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 115-132.
  • 1999 * | Ransom, B., Byerly, G.R., and Lowe, D.R., Subaqueous to subaerial Archean ultramafic phreatomagmatic volcanism, Kromberg Formation, Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 151-166.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R. and Fisher-Worrell, G., Sedimentology, mineralogy, and implications of silicified evaporites in the Kromberg Formation, Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 167-188.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R., Shallow-water sedimentation of accretionary lapilli-bearing strata of the Msauli Chert: Evidence of explosive hydromagmatic komatiitic volcanism. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 213-232.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R., Byerly, G. R., and Heubeck, C., Structural divisions and development of the west-central part of the Barberton Greenstone Belt. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 37-82.
  • 1999 * | Heubeck, C. and Lowe, D.R., Sedimentary petrography and provenance of the Archean Moodies Group, Barberton Greenstone Belt. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 259-286.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R., Petrology and sedimentology of cherts and related silicified sedimentary rocks in the Swaziland Supergroup. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 83-114.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R. and Nocita, B.W., Foreland basin sedimentation in the Mapepe Formation, southern-facies Fig Tree Group. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 233-258.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R., Stratigraphy of the west-central part of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 1-36.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R., Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt and vicinity. In Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, p. 287-312.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., Geologic Evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, 325 p.
  • 1999 * | Lowe, D.R. and Byerly, G.R. (eds.), Geologic evolution of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 329, 312 p.†
  • (In Press) * | Stiegler, M.T., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., in press, The petrogenesis of volcaniclastic komatiites in the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: A textural and geochemical study: Journal of Petrology
  • (In Press) * | Steigler, M.T., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R., in press, Fragmentation and dispersal of komatiitic pyroclasts in the 3.5-3.2 Ga Onverwacht Group, Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa: Geological Society of America Bulletin
  • (In Press) * | Bernhardt, A., Jobe, Z., and Lowe, D.R., in press, Stratigraphic evolution of a deep-water slope channel-lobe complex in a narrow trough within the Magallanes foreland basin, southern Chile: Marine and Petroleum Geology
Advisees Receiving Degrees: 
  • 2009 | Melanie Thompson Stiegler:   Bridging the Gap Between Deep-Mantle and Surface Processes: The Sedimentology and Petrology of Komatiitic Tuffs of the 3.5-3.2 Ga Onverwacht Group, Barberton Greenstone belt, South Africa, Ph.D. (Unknown)
  • 2006 | Alexandra Krull:   The condensation of impact plumes and formation of 3.2 billion-year-old impact deposits in the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, Ph.D. (Temple University)
  • 2005 | Michael M. Tice:   Life and Ocean Chemistry in the Early Archean, Ph.D. (Asst. Professor, Texas A&M University)
  • 2005 | Erin Duerichen:   Deep-water sedimentary rocks of the Eocene Talara Basin, northwestern Peru, Ph.D. (Devon Petroleum)
  • 2004 | William Crane:   Depositional History of the Upper Cretaceous Cerro Toro Formation, Silla Syncline, Magallanes Basin, Chile Ph.D. Chevron, Houston, TX
  • 2001 | Maarten Felix:   Two-dimensional turbidity current model, Ph.D. (Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds)
  • 2001 | Angela Marie Hessler:   Evidence for climate and weathering in siliciclastic sedimentary rocks of the 3.2 Ga Moodies Group, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, Ph.D. (Chevron)
  • 2001 | Zoltan Sylvester:   Facies, architecture, and bed-thickness structure of turbidite systems: Examples from the Carpathian flysch, Romania, and the Great Valley Group, California, Ph.D. (Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., Houston, TX)
  • 1999 | Deena Braunstein:   The role of hydrodynamics in the growth and structuring of high- temperature (>73C) siliceous sinters in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming., Ph.D. (Operations Mgr., Etool.com, New Orleans, LA)
  • 1999 | Tom Hickson:   A study of deep-water deposition: constraints on the sedimentation mechanics of slurry flows and high concentration turbidity currents, the facies architecture of a conglomeratic channel-overbank system., Ph.D. (Asst. Professor and Chair, Dept. of Geology, University of St. T)
Research Activities: 

I enjoy the historical aspects of geology, looking back in time to explore past events and ancient life. My research and that of my students is focused in two main areas. We use the techniques of sedimentary geology and geochemistry to explore the Earth's earliest surface environments, life, and crustal development, generally before 2.5 billion years ago. Much of this research is focused in South Africa and Western Australia. The other half of my research deals with deep-water sedimentation, especially using outcrops and cores to study the processes by which coarse sediment is transported and deposited in the deep sea.

Teaching Activities: 

My teaching is focused on topics in sedimentary geology and techniques for interpreting the sedimentary record. This includes an undergraduate/graduate course (co-taught with Professor Steve Graham) in sedimentary geology and depositional systems, and graduate courses in sedimentation mechanics, sedimentary petrography, and sedimentary environments.

Professional Activities: 

Research fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1994); co-director, Stanford project on Deep-water Depositional Systems (1992-present); leader, Science Definition Team for NASA Astrobiology Research Laboratory (1999-2000); member, UCLA Astrobiology Center (2003-present); service on numerous school and departmental committees, especially those aimed at setting goals and directions for long-range planning and graduate and undergraduate curricula in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and on the editorial boards of several professional journals and on numerous program, grant, and fellowship review panels

First Name: 
Donald
Last Name: 
Lowe
Short Description: 

Clastic sedimentology, deep-water sedimentation mechanics and facies; Archean depositional systems and crustal development

Office Location: 
Braun Hall (GeoCorner)  216
Lab Location: 
Braun Hall (GeoCorner)  219
Mail Code: 
2115
Phone: 
650-725-3040
Fax: 
650-725-0979
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Stanford E-mail: 
drlowe@stanford.edu