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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.

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

Education and Certifications

  • 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, CA

  • 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 Mtns.) ID

  • 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, CA

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