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Nora Nieminski

My research interests are broadly focused around stratigraphic and tectonic characterization of sedimentary basins. I am interested in the evolution of sedimentary systems in the context of intrinsically-related regional tectonics in addition to grain-scale processes inferred from deposits.

My current research is focused on dispersal of sediment along the southern Cascadia margin, striving to understand the relationships between submarine mass failure events and sediment supply/source when tectonic or climatic changes impart imbalance on the stability of continental shelves. This work combines modern sediment cores, sediment provenance data, geochronology, and geophysical/remote sensing data to study regional tectonism, basin evolution, and stratigraphy, facilitating a better understanding of geohazards along the Cascadia margin.


Sedimentology/stratigraphy, detrital geochronology, seafloor processes, tectonics

Professional Experience

  • 2019–present: USGS Mendenhall Research Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Santa Cruz, CA

  • 2017–2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

  • 2014: Geoscience Intern, Chevron, Houston, Texas

  • 2012: Geoscience Intern, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas

Education and Certifications

  • 2017: Ph.D. – Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

  • 2011:  B.S. & B.A. – Geoscience & French, University of Utah

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