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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Dept. of Earth and
Ocean Sciences
Lane Hall, Room 004
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3494
Fax: 617-627-3584

Anne Gardulski
Department Chair
Associate Professor

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

B.S. 1977 Michigan State University
M.S. 1980 University of Arizona
Ph.D. 1987 Syracuse University

Courses Taught
EOS 1: The Dynamic Earth
EOS 5: Introduction to Oceanography
EOS 22: Structural Geology
EOS 42: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Research Interests
My interests in geology have run most of the gamut of subdisciplines in the field over the years. Early in my career, I worked for mineral exploration companies in some of the most beautiful parts of Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and Colorado, primarily in Precambrian rocks. These experiences cemented my love for field work and also for the spectacular terrain and geology of the western United States.

Subsequently, my PhD. work dealt with marine geology in the Gulf of Mexico, as I had grown interested in learning about the modern analogs for ancient sedimentary sequences. I studied the Pleistocene climate cycles expressed in slope sediments along west Florida, and worked on the Late Cenozoic paleoceanographic history of that area.

Chinle Formation strata, Arizona

I am now studying the interactions among tectonics, climate, biology, and sedimentation in the Late Triassic Chinle Formation of the Four Corners area. The Chinle Formation represents an unusually well-preserved body of sedimentary rock that represents some 30 million years of geologic time. The set of strata that I am working on is the Owl Rock Member of the Chinle, which has not been well-studied, particularly in parts of my field area largely because they are quite remote and difficult to access. The Owl Rock strata range in thickness to over 100 meters locally, and are a heterogeneous section of fluvial, floodplain, and lacustrine sediments. The fluvial sediments are providing tantalizing clues about the source areas of the river systems, with clasts of both metamorphic and igneous origin. A wide variety of fossils, trace fossils, and soil horizons occur in the strata and provide information about the mosaic of environments that the Owl Rock represents.

I also enjoy running extended field trips (8 to 16 days) for our undergraduate students to the southwestern U.S. My colleague Jake Benner and I co-lead biannual trips to Arizona and New Mexico over part of the winter semester breaks, and to southern Utah during spring breaks. These excursions are great opportunities for our students to apply their classroom learning to real geologic settings and problems.