Walt Dean

Throughout much of my paleolimnological and paleoceanographic research a recurring theme has been cyclic sedimentation ranging from annual varves to multi-millennial Milankovitch cycles. Paleoceanographic studies in continental margins of northwest Africa, southwest Africa,North America,Peru and in anoxic basins such as the Black Sea and Cariaco Basin.



Ph.D, Geology and Geochemistry, University of New Mexico, 1967 
MS, Geology, University of New Mexico, 1964 
AB, Geology, Syracuse University, 1961

Membership in Professional Societies:

  • Geological Society of America, Fellow
  • Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Geophysical Union


  • 2003 USGS Shoemaker Award for Communication Product Excellence
  • 2006 Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award
  • 2009 International Paleolimnological Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2010 SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Twenhofel Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Sedimentary Geology

Professional Experience: 

12/75 to present:Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Regional Geochemistry (1975-1982);
Branch of Oil and Gas Resources (1982-1986);
Branch of Sedimentary Processes (1986-1995; Branch Chief, 1988-1992);
Earth Surface Processes Team (1995-2010);
Geologic and Environmental Change Science Center (2010)6/74 to 12/75:Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY9/68 to 6/74:Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY9/67 to 9/68:Postdoctoral Research Associate, Botany Department, University of Minnesota9/65 to 9/67:NASA Predoctoral Fellow, Department of Geology, University of New Mexico9/63 to 9/65:NSF Research Assistant, Department of Geology, University of New Mexico9/61 to 9/63:Computer Specialist, Limbaugh Aerial Surveys, Albuquerque, New Mexico