Courses Taught

Douglas Edmonds

Douglas Edmonds

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
Malcom and Sylvia Boyce Chair in Geological Sciences

Office:  GY425
Phone:   812-855-4512

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 2009, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Sc., 2006 The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.Sc, 2003, St. Louis University

Research Interests

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Geomorphology of Depositional Sedimentary Systems

My research focuses on the sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology of depositional sedimentary systems. Example projects and scales of interest range from: secondary circulation and turbulence to formation of reach-scale features such as levees, to whole system behavior of deltas and river belts. I use a combination of mathematical modeling, field observation, and occasionally experimentation to understand these systems. My research is generally directed toward understanding the coupled surficial and sedimentological evolution of these systems. Below is a list of research interests and a brief description of each.

Current Research Projects

NSF, Frontiers in Earth Systems Dynamics A dynamic delta collaboratory. 2011-2016

American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund. A theoretical and field-based study on the formation and shape of fluvial levees. 2014-2016

National Science Foundation, Science for Engineering, Education, and Sustainability for the Coast. Sustainability of Deltaic Coasts – The Trillion Dollar Problem. 2015-2019

Graduate Student Projects

  • Rebecca Caldwell PhD candidate
    Thesis Project: Understanding the controls on delta morphology
  • Scott David Ph.D. candidate
    Thesis Project: Understanding the origin and processes within floodplain channel networks
  • Elizabeth Olliver M.S. candidate
    Thesis Project: Ecogeomorphic feebacks in Wax Lake Delta, LA
  • John Talley(co-advised with Ed Hermann), M.S. candidate
    Thesis Project: Fluvial response to Wisconsinan deglaciation in Indiana

Former Undergraduate Projects

Katy McGuire, BSc degree from Penn State 2007-2008
Thesis title: Testing a model of river mouth bar sedimentology


Organized and ran a workshop on modeling in Delft3D at the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) annual meeting 2011

Member of the clastic stratigraphy planning committee for AAPG 2012

Organized sessions at AGU, GSA, AAPG meetings on topics ranging from deltas, to avulsions, to quantitative stratigraphy

Reviewer for National Science Foundation, Geology, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Sedimentology, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Geomorphology, and Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Member of American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, SEPM, AAPG