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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Nov. 23, 2009

Kansas Geological Survey Geologist Elected to Society's Council

LAWRENCE--A senior scientist at the Kansas Geological Survey has been elected to the governing council of the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

Evan Franseen, head of the Survey's Stratigraphic Research Section and KU professor of geology, will serve a two-year term as SEPM's Councilor for sedimentology. The council oversees the society, which disseminates scientific information in such research areas as sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, environmental sciences, and marine geology.

Franseen's research focuses on the ways rocks are deposited and the way those deposits change over time. The goal is an improved understanding of the geologic processes that led to the formation of oil- and gas-bearing rocks. He has investigated deposits ranging from those as old as 500 million years to as recent as 2 million years.

Franseen has been at the Survey since 1989. He is author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific publications, including several books on sedimentary modeling and sequence stratigraphy. He is currently associate editor of the journal "Palaios" and served on the editorial board for the journal "Geology" and as vice-chair for the Sedimentary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America.

SEPM is one of the oldest and most-established international societies in the field and has approximately 3,500 members worldwide.

Story by Cathy Evans, (785) 864-2195.
For more information, contact Evan Franseen, (785) 864-2072.

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach