Brian Currie


Associate Professor

Ph.D. 1998 University of Arizona

205 Shideler Hall

My research focuses on a variety of problems involving sedimentary, geology and tectonics.  I integrate the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, and geochemistry to decipher the factors controlling sedimentary basin development, and the structural evolution of mountain belts.  I also work on the characterization of petroleum systems at both the regional and reservoir scale.  I currently have active research projects in Tibet, Chile, Argentina, and the western United States.

Possible thesis/dissertation topics:

  • Cenozoic paleoaltimetry of the Tibetan Plateau
  • Tectonic controls on Triassic rift-basin evolution, western Argentina.
  • Mesozoic tectonic history of the North American Cordillera.
  • Characterization of Mesozoic-Tertiary hydrocarbon reservoirs, Uinta Basin, Utah

Current/recent graduate student research:

  • Depositional origin of the Jurassic-Cretaceous Buckhorn Conglomerate, Utah and Colorado, David Nicklaus, M.S., in progress.
  • Sequence stratigraphy of Upper Jurassic marginal-marine strata, Uinta Basin, Utah-Colorado, Pramod Nepal, M.S. in progress.
  • Stratigraphy and palynology of the Albian-Cenomanian Dakota Formation and Mowry Shale, Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado, Justin Pierson, M.S. 2009.
  • Reservoir characterization of the mid-Cretaceous Dakota Formation, southern Uinta basin, Utah, Joshua Dark, M.S. 2008.
  • Sequence stratigraphy of the Curtis, Summerville, and Stump formations, Utah and northwest Colorado, William Wilcox, M.S. 2007
  • Kinematic reconstruction of a Triassic syndepositional detachment fault, Ischigualasto Provincial Park, northwestern Argentina, Tony Albrecht, M.S. 2005.

Selected Publications:

Currie, B.S., Colombi, C.E., Tabor, N.J., Shipman, T.C. and Montanez, I.P., 2009, Stratigraphy and architecture of the Upper Triassic Ischigualasto Formation, Ischigualasto Provincial Park, San Juan, Argentina.  Journal of South Aerican Earth Sciences, v.27, p. 74-87.

Wolde-Gabriel, G., Ambrose, S.H., Barbone, D., Bonnefille, R., Bremond, L., Currie, B., DeGusta, D., Hart, W.K., Murray, A.M., Renne, P.R., Jolly-Saad, Stewart K.M., and White, T.D., 2009, Geological, isotopic, botanical, invertebrate and lower vertebrate surroundings of Ardipithecus ramidus.  Science, v. 326, p. 65, 65e1-65e5.

Currie, B.S., Dark, J.P., McPherson, M.L. and Pierson, J.A., 2008, Fluvial Channel Architecture of the Alian-Cenomanian Dakota Formation, southern Uinta Basin.  In:  Longman, M.A., and Morgan, C.D. eds., Hydrocarbon systems and production in the Uinta Basin, Utah. Rocky Mountain Association of Geologist and Utah Geologic Association Publication 37,  p. 65-79.

Currie, B.S., McPherson, M.L., Dark, J.P., and Pierson, J.A., 2008, Reservoir characterization of the Cretaceous Cedar Mountain and Dakota Formations, southern Uinta Basin:  Two Year Report.  Utah Geological Survey Open-File-Report 516, 117 p.

Rowley, D.B. and Currie, B.S., 2006, Paleo-Altimetry of Late Eocene to Miocene Lunpola Basin, Central Tibet:  Implications for  Growth of the Tibetan Plateau.  Nature, v.439, p. 677-681.

Currie, B.S., Rowley, D.B. and Tabor, N.J., 2005, Mid-Micoene paleoaltimetry of southern Tibet:  Implications for the role of mantle thickening and delamination in the Himalayan orogen.  Geology, v. 33, p. 181-184.

Selected Grants:

National Science Foundation:  Testing Models of Tibetan Plateau Uplift Using Stable Isotope-Based Paleoaltimetry; (wi9th David Rowley, University of Chicago).

National Science Foundation:  Miocene Climate Change West of the Central Andes:  Cause or Consequence of Uplift; (with Jason Rech and Terry Jordan, Cornell University)

Utah Geological Survey:  Reservoir characterization of the Cretaceous Cedar Mountain and Dakota Formations, southern Uinta Basin; (with Mary McPherson, McPherson Geologic Consulting)

Courses Taught:

GLG 111 - The Dynamic Earth

GLG 301 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

GLG 411/511 - Field Geology

GLG 450/550 - Basin Analysis

GLG 633 - Extensional Tectonics

For complete descriptions of course please see the 2018/2019 Miami Bulletin.