Christopher S Swezey

Biography

Research Geologist (2018-Present), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Reston, Virginia.  I conduct basic geologic mapping and research on stratigraphy, sedimentology, and geomorphology.  This work is focused primarily on Paleozoic basins of the eastern United States, and potential applications for water, energy, and mineral resources. 

Research Geologist (2009-2018), USGS Eastern Geology & Paleoclimate Science Center, Reston, Virginia.  I conducted basic geologic mapping and research on stratigraphy, sedimentology, and geomorphology.  This work was focused on the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain, for the purpose of understanding the geologic framework and for characterizing Cretaceous and Cenozoic strata that are major aquifers.  

Research Geologist (2000-2009), USGS Eastern Energy Resources Team, Reston, Virginia.  I conducted assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources, and research on stratigraphy and petroleum systems.  This work was focused primarily on Paleozoic strata of the Appalachian, Michigan, and Illinois basins (USA), for the purpose of understanding National energy supplies, providing input for economic analysis of petroleum resources, and improving knowledge of the stratigraphy and petroleum systems of the basins.

 

Education

Ph.D. (1997) - Geology, The University of Texas at Austin.  Dissertation: Climatic and Tectonic Controls on Quaternary Eolian Sedimentary Sequences of the Chott Rharsa Basin, Southern Tunisia  https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/61424

Chateaubriand Scholar (1995), Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

J. William Fulbright Scholar (1992-1993), Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

M.A. (1991) - Geology, The University of Texas at Austin.  Thesis: Description and Interpretation of the Jurassic J-2 Unconformity of the Western Interior (U.S.A.)  https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/19402

B.S. (1987) - Geology, French (double major), Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Université de Paris VII (1985-1986), Paris, France.

St. Christopher’s High School (1983), Richmond, Virginia.

 

Employment

2018-Present: Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Reston, Virginia.

            - Project Chief, Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Project (2019-Present).

            - Project Chief, Synthesis of Appalachian and Illinois Basin Stratigraphy (2018-2019).

2009-2018: Research Geologist, USGS Eastern Geology & Paleoclimate Science Center, Reston, Virginia.

            - Project Chief, Eastern Coastal Plain Geologic Mapping Project (2017-2018).

            - Associate Project Chief, Eastern Coastal Plain Studies Project (2015-2017).

            - Geologist, Geology of Atlantic Watersheds Project - field mapping in Georgia and South Carolina (2009-2015).

2000-2009: Research Geologist, USGS Eastern Energy Resources Team, Reston, Virginia.

            - Task Chief, Eastern Oil Shale Assessment (2007-2009).

            - Task Chief, Illinois Basin Oil and Gas Assessment (2005-2009).

            - Task Chief, Michigan Basin Oil and Gas Assessment (2002-2005).

            - Geologist, Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assessment (2000-2002).

1997-2000: Geologist, BP Exploration (Gulf of Mexico), Houston, Texas.

1996-1997: Research Assistant, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Deltas Industrial Associates Research Group, Austin, Texas.

1988-1992: Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (Depositional Systems; Geology Field Methods; Geology of the National Parks; Introduction to Geology).

1987-1988: Physical Science Technician, USGS Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy, Menlo Park, California.

 

Other Activities

2015-Present: International Programs Faculty, James Madison University (JMU), Harrisonburg, Virginia.  I teach part of the JMU Geology Summer Field Course in Ireland (sequence stratigraphy, basin analysis, petroleum geology).

 

Honors and Awards

2018  Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

2008  American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) George V. Cohee Public Service Award.

2005  Geological Society of Washington (GSW) Sleeping Bear Award.

1995  Chateaubriand Scholarship, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

1992-1993  J. William Fulbright Scholarship, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

1992  Smithsonian Institution Fellowship, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.

1989  R.K. DeFord Field Geology Scholarship, Department of Geology, The University of Texas at Austin.

1987  T.V. Laska Award, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Most outstanding undergraduate senior in geology).

 

Student Supervision

Noelia Báez Rodríguez (M.S. Thesis, 2005), The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, Department of Geology, Mayagüez, PR; Thesis: Stratigraphy of the Silurian-Devonian Upper Helderberg Group in Northeastern West Virginia (U.S.A.)

Bradley A. Fitzwater (M.S. Thesis, 2016), Old Dominion University, Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, Norfolk, VA; Thesis: Reevaluating the Geologic Formations of the Upper Coastal Plain in Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Emily L. Brent (B.S. Research Project; 2018), James Madison University, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Harrisonburg, VA; Thesis: Geology and Geomorphology of Owl Cave (Siphon No. 1 Cave) in the Silurian-Devonian Keyser Limestone, Highland County, Virginia

 

Memberships in Professional Societies

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); Butler Cave Conservation Society (BCCS); Geological Society of America (GSA); Geological Society of Washington (GSW); International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS); National Speleological Society (NSS); Société Géologique de France (SGF); Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

2012 – President, Geological Society of Washington.