Director and Eberly Professor
David L. Boren Professor
Ph.D., 1992, University of Arizona
B.S., 1986, University of California, Los Angeles
Office: SEC 868
Sedimentary Geology, Deep-Time Paleoclimate, Weathering
Earth's "deep-time" sedimentary record houses climate states dramatically different from our modern or recent worlds. My research is primarily field-based, but I collaborate with colleagues at OU and elsewhere in using geochemistry, geochronology, magnetism, and climate modeling as applied to the sedimentary record to refine our understanding of climate and linked processes. The late Paleozoic world (~300 My ago) captures my interest because it archives Earth's last great "icehouse" and collapse of that icehouse, glacial-interglacial climate swings like those of the recent, global mountain building that culminated in the Pangaean supercontinent, and perhaps the dustiest atmosphere in the planet's history. Working with students and colleagues, my current research includes (1) investigating hypotheses of equatorial alpine glaciation and orogenic (mountain) collapse in parts of the Central Pangaean Mountains, (2) gauging dustiness of the late Paleozoic atmosphere and possible effects on the biosphere and carbon cycling, (3) high-frequency, glacial-interglacial climate change, and (4) assessing physical and chemical weathering trends in various climate systems. For more details, please visit my personal webpage.
Depositional Systems and Stratigraphy
Earth's Past Climate
Sedimentology / Stratigraphy Seminar
Paleozoic Carbonates and Sequence Stratigraphy
Soreghan, G.S., Soreghan, M.J., and Heavens, N.G., 2019, Explosive volcanism as a key driver of the late Paleozoic ice age: Geology, https://doi.10.1130/G46349.1
Joo, Y.J., Elwood Madden, M.E., & Soreghan, G.S., 2018, Anomalously low chemical weathering in fluvial sediment of a tropical watershed (Puerto Rico). Geology, 1–4. http://doi.org/10.1130/G40315.1
Smith, C., Soreghan, G.S., & Ohta, T., 2018, Scanning electron microscope (SEM) microtextural analysis as a paleoclimate tool for fluvial deposits: A modern test. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 1–17. http://doi.org/10.1130/B31692.1
Trachtenberg, Z., et al., 2017, The Anthropocene biosphere: Supporting ‘Open Interdisciplinarity’ through blogging: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, v. 32, p. 1-3. Doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.10.018
Pfeifer, L.S., Soreghan, G.S., Pochat, S., Van Den Driessche, J., & Thomson, S.N., 2016, Permian exhumation of the Montagne Noire core complex recorded in the Graissessac-Lodeve Basin, France. Basin Research, 1–14. http://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12197
Sur, S., Owens, J. D., Soreghan, G. S., Lyons, T. W., Raiswell, R., Heavens, N. G., & Mahowald, N. M., 2015, Extreme eolian delivery of reactive iron to late Paleozoic icehouse seas. Geology, G37226.1–5. http://doi.org/10.1130/G37226.1
Soreghan, G.S., Sweet, D.E., & Heavens, N.G., 2014, Upland Glaciation in Tropical Pangaea: Geologic Evidence and Implications for Late Paleozoic Climate Modeling. The Journal of Geology, 122(2), 137–163. http://doi.org/10.1086/675255
Soreghan, G.S., Soreghan, M.J., Poulsen, C., Young, R.A.., Eble, C., Sweet, D.E., & Davogustto, O., 2008, Anomalous Cold in the Pangaean Tropics. Geology, 36, 659–662.
Soreghan, M.J., Soreghan, G.S., & Hamilton, M.A., 2002, Paleowinds inferred from detrital-zircon geochronology of upper Paleozoic loessite, western equatorial Pangea. Geology, 30(8), 695–698.
Soreghan, G.S., Soreghan, M.J., & Hamilton, M., 2008, Origin and significance of loess in late Paleozoic western Pangaea: A record of tropical cold? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 26. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.03.050