Honors & Awards


  • Chevron Fellowship, Stanford University (2015–2019)
  • McGee-Leverson Research Grant, Stanford University (2015, 2016)
  • ConocoPhillips Fellowship, University of Utah (2008–2009)
  • Miami University Departmental Honors, Miami University (2008)
  • Miami University Geology Department Undergraduate Award, Miami University (2008)
  • Miami University Dean’s Scholar, Miami University (2007)
  • Well’s Scholarship, Miami University (2007)
  • Wallace and Lynn Volwiler Scholarship, Miami University (2006)
  • Miami University Dean’s List, Miami University (2005–2008)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Member, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) (2015 - Present)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) (2014 - Present)
  • Student Participant, Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems (SPODDS) (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Student Chapter President, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Geological Society of America (GSA) (2005 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • M.S., University of Utah, Geology (2010)
  • B.S., Miami University, Geology (2008)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


I am a fifth year Ph.D. student working with Steve Graham and a member of the Sedimentary Research Group. I am interested studying source-to-sink sediment transport patterns and basin development during the transition from convergent to transform margins. My current research focuses on the Cenozoic evolution of two systems: 1) the San Joaquin Basin and adjacent Salinian Block of Central California, USA; and 2) the Marlborough and Northern Canterbury Regions on the South Island of New Zealand.

My work in California uses detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to characterize provenance changes in sedimentation due to the development of the San Andreas transform margin and consequential shutdown of the Cretaceous forearc system. These provenance signals can be used to re-evaluate key offsets points to better constrain the slip history of major strike-slip faults, and then applied to better understand the resulting interplay of local and regional sediment dispersal.

In New Zealand, my research employs a variety of methods, including characterizing outcrop stratigraphic architecture, sandstone petrology, conglomerate clast composition, and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to address questions of deep-water sediment transport patterns in response to the onset of uplift, local basement exhumation, and subsequent development of the oblique-slip Marlborough Fault System.

In addition, I have numerous ongoing collaborations with other research groups within and outside our department that include paleoclimate, paleoecology, thermochronology, and reservoir modeling studies.

2017-18 Courses


Work Experience


  • Exploration Geologist, Chevron - Deep-Water Exploration and Projects (2012 - 2014)

    Location

    Houston, TX

  • Development Geologist, Chevron - Mid-Continent Business Unit (2010 - 2012)

    Location

    Houston, TX

  • Earth Science Intern, Chevron - Mid-Continent/Alaska Business Unit (2009 - 2009)

    Location

    Houston, TX

All Publications


  • Are submarine and subaerial drainages morphologically distinct? GEOLOGY Dobbs, S. C., McHargue, T., Malkowski, M. A., Gooley, J. T., Jaikla, C., White, C. J., Hilley, G. E. 2019; 47 (11): 1093–97

    View details for DOI 10.1130/G46329.1

    View details for Web of Science ID 000491287900018

  • Massive middle Miocene gypsic paleosols in the Atacama Desert and the formation of the Central Andean rain-shadow EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS Rech, J. A., Currie, B. S., Jordan, T. E., Riquelme, R., Lehmann, S. B., Kirk-Lawlor, N. E., Li, S., Gooley, J. T. 2019; 506: 184–94
  • SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL VARIATION OF FLUVIAL ARCHITECTURE IN A PROGRADING CLASTIC WEDGE OF THE LATE CRETACEOUS WESTERN INTERIOR BASIN (KAIPAROWITS PLATEAU), USA JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH Gooley, J. T., Johnson, C. L., Pettinga, L. 2016; 86 (3): 125-147
  • New Technology and Methodology for Assessing Sandstone Composition: A Case Study using a Quantitative Electron Microscope Scanner (QEMSCAN) Geochemical Approaches to Provenance Allen, J. L., Johnson, C. L., Gallin, W., Gooley, J. T., Heumann, M., et al edited by Rasbury, T., Hemming, S., Riggs, N., et al Geological Society of America Special Publication. 2012: 177–194