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Marieke Dechesne

I am a geologist in the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center at the USGS. I am trained in stratigraphy and sedimentology and my current research focuses on basin analysis, paleogeography and the interaction between tectonic signals, sedimentation and climate.

n the past several years I have worked on the Laramide synorogenic basin fill of the Denver Basin with both the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Colorado Geological Survey, before moving focus to the 'back-side' of the Front Range where I now study the axial Colorado Headwaters Basin (North Park-Middle Park), the Hanna Basin and South Park for the USGS Cenozoic Evolution of the Southern Rocky Mountains project.  From these basin fill sequences I am trying to reconstruct uplift history and the overall paleogeographic evolution in this region. I am incorporating as many parameters as possible, like outcrop observations, subsurface data (well-logs and seismic), fossil information, paleobotany, palynology, radiometric dating, etc. to develop a rigid 3D- (4D?) stratigraphic framework that reveals clues about timing of  uplift, sediment accumulation rates, paleo-environments and paleogeography.


Professional Experience

  • Geologist, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, USGS (2014 - present)

  • Contractor and consultant for the USGS, Colorado Geological Survey, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Heath Hydrology Inc. (2005 - 2014)

  • LecturerAdjunct Professor, Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado, Boulder (2005-2007, part-time)

  • GIS Support Analyst, ESRI Netherlands (1999 - 2000)

  • Research Associate for the Slope and Basin Consortium, Colorado School of Mines (1997-1998 and 2001-2005)

  • Research Associate for the Genetic Stratigraphy Research Group, Colorado School of Mines (1995-1997)

Education and Certifications

  • Doktoraal examen geologie (msc equivalent), Utrecht University, the Netherlands (1995)

Science and Products

**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.