Margaret E Berry

My research interests revolve around using soils as a tool in geologic research. I mostly work on surficial geologic mapping studies in the western United States, mapping deposits left by rivers, streams, glaciers, wind and mass wasting processes, to determine Quaternary stratigraphy, geologic history, geomorphic system response to changes in climate and land use, and Quaternary fault activity.

Biography

 

Education:

1990: Ph.D., Geology, University of Colorado Boulder.  Dissertation:  Soil-geomorphic analysis of late Quaternary glaciation and faulting, eastern escarpment of the central Sierra Nevada, California.

1984: M.S., Geology, University of Colorado Boulder.  Thesis:  Morphological and chemical characteristics of soil catenas on Pinedale and Bull Lake moraine slopes, Bear Valley (Salmon River Mountains) Idaho.

1981: B.S., Geology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.  Senior Thesis: Geomorphology and relative dating analysis of Quaternary fluvial terraces on the Mad River, near Blue Lake, California.

 

Professional Experience:

2004‒present:   Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

1996-2004:        Consulting Geologist working as an Independent Contractor

1990-1996:        Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

Journal Articles and Technical Reports:

Berry, M.E., 1984, Morphological and chemical characteristics of soil catenas on Pinedale and Bull Lake moraine slopes, Bear Valley (Salmon River Mountains) Idaho: M.S. Thesis, University of Colorado Boulder, 149 p.

Berry, M.E., 1987, Morphological and chemical characteristics of soil catenas on Pinedale and Bull Lake moraine slopes in the Salmon River Mountains, Idaho: Quaternary Research, v. 28, p. 210‒225.

Birkeland, P.W., and Berry, M.E., 1988, Frequency and magnitude of late Quaternary faulting, Sierra Nevada, California: U.S. Geological Survey Technical Report, 15 p.

Berry, M.E., 1990a, Soil-geomorphic analysis of late Quaternary glaciation and faulting, eastern escarpment of the central Sierra Nevada, California: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Colorado Boulder, 365 p.

Berry, M.E., 1990b, Soil-catena development on fault scarps of different ages, eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada, California, in Knuepfer, P.L.K., and McFadden, L.D., eds., Proceedings of the 21st Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium on Soils and Landscape Evolution: Geomorphology, v. 3, issues 3‒4, p. 333‒350.

Birkeland, P.W., Berry, M.E., and Swanson, D.K., 1991, Use of soil catena field data for estimating relative ages of moraines: Geology, v. 19, p. 281‒283.

Berry, M.E., 1994, Soil-geomorphic analysis of late-Pleistocene glacial sequences in the McGee, Pine, and Bishop Creek drainages, east-central Sierra Nevada, California: Quaternary Research, v. 41, p. 160‒175.

McCalpin, J.P., and Berry, M.E., 1996, Soil catenas to estimate ages of movements on normal fault scarps, with an example from the Wasatch Fault Zone, Utah, U.S.A: Catena, v. 27, p. 265‒286.

Berry, M.E., 1997, Geomorphic analysis of late Quaternary faulting on Hilton Creek, Round Valley, and Coyote Warp faults, east central Sierra Nevada, California: Geomorphology, v. 20, p. 177‒195.

Berry, M.E., and Staub, J.R., 1998, Root traces and the definition of paleosols, in Follmer, L.R., Johnson, D.L., and Catt, J.A., eds., Revisitation of concepts in paleopedology, transactions of the Second International Symposium on Paleopedology: Quaternary International, v. 51-52, p. 9‒10.

Slate, J.L., and Berry, M.E., 1999, Preliminary surficial geologic map of the Beatty 30 x 60-minute quadrangle, Nevada-California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-0153, p. 78‒80.

Bursik, M.I., Renshaw, C.E., McCalpin, J.P., and Berry, M.E., 2003, A volcanotectonic cascade—Activation of range front faulting and eruptions by dike intrusion, Mono Basin-Long Valley Caldera, California: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108, no. B8, 14 p.

Berry, M.E., 2008, Mapping Surficial Geology in the Border Region of Big Bend National Park, Texas, in Norman, L.M., Hirsch, D.D., Ward, A.W., eds., Proceedings of a USGS Workshop on facing tomorrow's challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border; monitoring, modeling, and forecasting change within the Arizona-Sonora transboundary watersheds: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1322, p. 11.