The Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems (SPODDS) is a research program in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth Sciences. We focus on the ancient and modern deep-water deposits around the world, providing opportunities for students, faculty, and participating companies to collaborate via guided research and exploration. Our scientific community includes a wide-range of internationally-based affiliate companies and research institutions. In this era of ever dwindling natural resources, we seek greater understanding of deep-water deposits as reservoirs for energy products on the ancient sea floor and modern continental margins. A huge highlight of the program is the annual field trip to one of the world's classic deep-water basins.
Zach's research was focused on understanding the tectonic and sedimentological controls on provenance signatures within modern and ancient sediments. The title of his dissertation is "Understanding provenance signatures in active margin settings: Modern central California and the Magallanes-Austral Foreland Basin, southern Patagonia." Congratulations and good luck, Zach!
SPODDS welcomes Prof. Erik Sperling and Prof. Matthew Malkowski to the program as part of our continued mission to scientifically explore the full spectrum of modern and ancient deep-water depositional systems across all scales and grain sizes.