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.


Recent Accomplishments


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

Professional Studies/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, NY
  • 9/68 to 6/74:Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • 9/67 to 9/68:Postdoctoral Research Associate, Botany Department, University of Minnesota
  • 9/65 to 9/67:NASA Predoctoral Fellow, Department of Geology, University of New Mexico
  • 9/63 to 9/65:NSF Research Assistant, Department of Geology, University of New Mexico
  • 9/61 to 9/63:Computer Specialist, Limbaugh Aerial Surveys, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

  • 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

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

  • 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

    Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts