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.
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
Science and Products
Science and Products
Non-USGS Publications**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., 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.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.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., 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.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., 1990, 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.Berry, M.E., 1990, 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.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., 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.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.
**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.