David Osleger
Dept. of Geology
UC Davis
Room 3224 EPS
daosleger (at) ucdavis.edu

Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2012

Classes taught at UC Davis:

  GEL 1: The Earth

  GEL 16: The Oceans

  GEL 17: Earthquakes and Earth Hazards

  GEL 20: California Geology

  GEL 25: Geology of National Parks

  GEL 32: Volcanoes

  GEL 36: Solar System

  GEL 50: Physical Geology

  GEL 109: Sediments and Strata

  GEL 110: Summer Field Geology

  GEL 120: Origins: From the Big Bang to Today

  GEL 134: Environmental Geology

  NAC 1: Intersections of Nature & Culture

  Numerous freshman seminars


Bishop, J.W., Osleger, D.A., Montanez, I.P., and Sumner, D.Y., in review, Meteroric diagenesis and fluid-rock interaction in the Middle Permian Capitan backreef: Yates Formation, Slaughter Canyon, New Mexico: AAPG Bulletin.

Eros, J.M., Montanez, I.P., Osleger, D.A., Davydov, V.I., Nemyrovska, T.J., Poletaev, V.I., and Zhykalyak, M.V., 2012, Sequence stratigraphy and onlap history of the Donets Basin, Ukraine: Insight into Carboniferous icehouse dynamics: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v.313, p.1-25, DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.08.019

Bishop, J.W., Montanez, I.P., and Osleger, D.A., 2010, Dynamic Carboniferous Climate Change, Arrow Canyon, Nevada: Geosphere, v.6, p.1-34. DOI: 10.1130/GES00192.1

Osleger, D.A., Heyvaert, A.C., Stoner, J.S., and  Verosub, K.L., 2009, Lacustrine turbidites as indicators of Holocene storminess and climate: Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada.  Journal of Paleolimnology, v.42, p.103-122.  DOI: 10.1007/s10933-008-9265-8

Osleger, D.A., Zierenberg, R., Suchanek, T.H., Stoner, J.S., Morgan, S., and Adam, D.P., 2008, Clear Lake Sediments: Anthropogenic changes in physical sedimentology and magnetic response. Ecological Applications, v.18, p.A239-A256.

Richerson, P.J., Suchanek, T.H., Zierenberg, R.A., Osleger, D.A., Heyvaert, A.C., Slotton, D.G., Eagles-Smith, C.A., and Vaughn, C.E., 2008, Anthropogenic stressors and changes in the Clear Lake ecosystem as recorded in sediment cores. Ecological Applications, v.18, p.A257-A283.

Li, Y.X., Bralower, T.J., Montañez, I.P., Osleger, D.A., Arthur, M.A., Bice, D.M., Harbert, T.D., Erba, E., and Premoli Silva, I., 2008, Toward an orbital chronology for the early Aptian Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE1a, ~120 Ma), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v 271, p.88-100. 

Osleger, D.A., Barnaby, R., and Kerans, C., 2004, A laterally accreting grainstone margin from the Albian of northern Mexico: Outcrop model for Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs: in Grammer, G.M., Harris, P.M., and Eberli, G. (eds.) Integration of Outcrop and Modern Analogs in Reservoir Modeling, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 80, p.93-108.

Montañez, I.P., Osleger, D.A., Banner, J.L., Mack, L., and Musgrove, M.L., 2000, Evolution of the Sr and C isotope composition of Cambrian oceans, GSA Today, v.10, no.5, p.1-7

Lehmann, C.P., Osleger, D.A., and Montañez, I.P., 2000, Sequence stratigraphy of Lower Cretaceous (Barremian - Albian) carbonate platforms of northeastern Mexico: Regional and global correlations: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.70, p.373-391.

Martin-Chivelet, J., Osleger, D.A., and Montañez, I.P., 2000, Modified Fischer plots as graphical tools for evaluating thickness patterns in stratigraphic successions: Journal of Geoscience Education, v.48, p.179-183.

Osleger, D.A., and Tinker, S.W., 1999, Three-dimensional architecture of Upper Permian high-frequency sequences, Yates-Capitan shelf margin, Permian Basin, USA: in Advances in Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy: Application to Reservoirs, Outcrops, and Models, SEPM Special Publication 63, p.169-185.

Lehmann, C. P., Osleger, D.A., Montañez, I.P., Sliter, W., Arnaud-Vanneau, A. and Banner, J., 1999,  Evolution of Cupido and Coahuila carbonate platforms, Lower Cretaceous, northeastern Mexico: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v.111, p.1010-1029.

Osleger, D. A.  1998, Sequence architecture and sea-level dynamics of Late Permian shelfal facies, Guadalupe Mountains, southern New Mexico.  Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.68, p.327-346.

Lehmann, C. P., Osleger, D.A., and Montañez, I.P., 1998, Controls on cyclostratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous Cupido and Coahuila carbonate platforms, northeastern Mexico.  Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.68, p.1109-1130.

Montañez, I. P. and Osleger, D.A., 1996,  Contrasting sequence boundary zones developed within cyclic carbonates of the Bonanza King Formation, Middle to Late Cambrian, southern Great Basin.  in  Witzke, B. J., Ludvigson, G. A., and Day, J., eds., Paleozoic Sequence Stratigraphy: Views from the North American Craton.  Boulder, Colorado.  Geological Society of America Special Paper 306, p.7-21.

Osleger, D. A., and Montañez, I.P., 1996,  Cross-platform architecture of a sequence boundary in mixed siliciclastic-carbonate lithofacies, Middle Cambrian, southern Great Basin, USA.  Sedimentology, v.43, p.197-217.

Montañez, I. P., Banner, J.L., Osleger, D.A., Borg, L.E., and Bosserman, P.J., 1996,  Integrated Sr isotope variations and sea-level history derived from Middle to Upper Cambrian platform carbonates: Implications for the evolution of Cambrian seawater 87Sr/86Sr values.  Geology, v.24, p.917-920.

Osleger, D. A., Montañez, I.P., Martín-Chivelet, J., and Lehmann, C.T., 1996,  Cycle and sequence stratigraphy of Middle to Upper Cambrian carbonates, Bonanza King Formation, southern Great Basin. in  Abbott, P. L. and Cooper, J. D., eds.  Field Trip Guidebook for the 1996 National Meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, San Diego, CA, p.55-90.

Osleger, D. A., 1995,  Depositional sequences on Upper Cambrian carbonate platforms: Variable sedimentologic responses to allogenic forcing.  in  B. U. Haq, eds., Sequence Stratigraphy and Depositional Response to Eustatic, Tectonic and Climatic Forcing.  Kluwer, Boston, p.247-269.

Sadler, P. M., Osleger, D.A., and Montañez, I.P., 1993,  On the labeling, length, and objective basis of Fischer plots.  Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v.63, p.360-368.

Montañez, I. P. and Osleger, D.A., 1993,  Parasequence stacking patterns, third-order accommodation events, and sequence stratigraphy of Middle to Upper Cambrian platform carbonates, Bonanza King Formation, southern Great Basin.  in  Loucks, R. G., and Sarg, J. F., eds., Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy: Recent Developments and Applications, AAPG Memoir 57, p.305-326.

Osleger, D. A. and J. F. Read, 1993,  Comparative analysis of methods used to define eustatic variations in outcrop:  Late Cambrian interbasinal sequence development.  American Journal of Science, v.293, p.157-216.

Read, J. F., Osleger, D.A., and Elrick, M., 1991,  Two-dimensional modeling of carbonate ramp sequences and component cycles.  in Franseen, E. K. and others, eds., Sedimentary modeling:  Computer simulations and methods for improved parameter definition.  Kansas Geological Survey Bulletin 233, p.473-488.

Osleger, D. A. and Read, J.F., 1991,  Relation of eustasy to stacking patterns of meter-scale carbonate cycles, Late Cambrian, U.S.A.  Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v.61, p.1225-1252.

Osleger, D. A., 1991,  Cyclostratigraphy of Late Cambrian carbonate sequences:  An interbasinal comparison of the Cordilleran and Appalachian passive margins.  in  Cooper, J. D., and Stevens, C. H., eds., Paleozoic Paleogeography of the Western United States 2, p.811-828.

Osleger, D. A., 1991, Subtidal carbonate cycles:  Implications for allocyclic versus autocyclic controls.  Geology, v.19, p.917-920.


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