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Robert W. Dalrymple,  P.Geo

Office: Miller 406 
Phone:  613-533-6186 
Fax:  613-533-6592 
Email: dalrymple@geol.queensu.ca           

Profile

Robert (Bob) Dalrymple is a clastic sedimentologist whose research is focused primarily on modern depositional systems and ancient rock successions in which tidal currents are an important agent of sediment transport and deposition.  This research ranges from detailed process-oriented studies to larger-scale work that explores how coastal and shelf systems respond to changes in relative sea level and climate.  Both outcrop and subsurface studies are in progress, most with significant industry support.

Supervising Information

The following students are conducting, or have recently completed, their theses under my supervision:

Aitor Ichaso (PhD; completed): Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of a mixed-energy deltaic succession in the Tilje Formation (Jurassic), offshore Norway.

Bryce Jablonski (MSc; completed): Seasonal sedimentation in river-dominated giant point bars in the McMurray Formation (Cretaceous), northern Alberta.

Colleen Kurcinka (MSc; in progress): Sedimentology and depositional architecture of tidal mouth-bar deposits in the Lajas Formation (Jurassic), Argentina.

Duncan Mackay (PhD; in progress): Environmental interpretation of a tide-dominated deltaic and estuarine succession, Bluesky Formation (Cretaceous), central Alberta.

Kain Michaud (MSc; completed): Sedimentology of headland-attached tidal-current ridges in the Roda Formation (Eocene), northern Spain

Geoff Reith (MSc; completed): Structures and fabrics within fluid-mud deposits in the Tilje Formation (Jurassic), offshore Norway.

Ted Matheson (MSc; in progress): Carbonate sandbodies in the Mississippian succession, Alberta

Research Interests/Current Research

The majority of my research is directed toward understanding depositional processes in environments (both regressive deltas and transgressive estuaries) where tidal processes are an important agent of sediment deposition.  Such environments are complex, both morphologically and with regard to the way in which tidal, river and wave processes interact on time scale ranging from days to decades. A significant component of my recent work has been focused on the development of criteria for identifying the characteristic morphological elements within tidal systems (i.e., large dunes, tidal bars and channels) in ancient successions, and for determining where a given deposit formed in the transition zone between the mouth a river system and the landward limit of tidal action.  In this regard, the nature of the muddy laminae and interbeds has turned out to be an important environmental parameter.  In this regard, my students and I have spent considerable effort studying the origin and detailed characteristics of thick “mud drapes” formed by tidally and wave-generated fluid muds.  Additional research has also focused on sandy, open-coast tidal flats where wave processes dominate tidal currents.  Future research will continue to explore these themes, concentrating on an exploration of the tidal-fluvial and tidal-wave transitions.  I also plan to investigate the nature of sedimentation in mouth-bar and delta-front region of tide-influenced and tide-dominated deltas because this zone is poorly understood at present.

Professional Associations

  • Association of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (APGO)
  • Canadian Sedimentology Research Group (CSRG)
  • Geological Association of Canada (GAC)
  • International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
  • SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Research)
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Publications

Recent Books Edited

  • Davis, R.A., Jr. and Dalrymple, R.W., eds., 2012, Principles of Tidal Sedimentology. New York, Springer, 607 p.
  • James, N.P. and Dalrymple, R.W., eds., 2010, Facies Models 4. Geological Association of Canada, 574 p.
  • Hampson, G., Steel, R., Burgess, P., and Dalrymple, R.W., eds., 2008, Recent Advances in Models of Siliciclastic Shallow-marine Stratigraphy. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Spec. Publ. 90, 497 p.
  • Dalrymple, R.W., Leckie, D.A., and Tillman, R.W., eds., 2006, Incised-Valley Systems in Space and Time: Soc. Sediment. Geol. (SEPM) Spec. Publ. 85, 348 p.

Journal papers (last 6 years)

  • James, N.P., Seibel, M.J., Dalrymple, R.W., Besson, D., and Parize, O., in press, Warm-temperate, Marine, Carbonate Sedimentation in an Early Miocene, Tide-influenced, Incised Valley; Provence, SE France. Sedimentology.
  • Narbonne, G.M., Laflamme, M., Trusler, P.W., Dalrymple, R.W., and Greentree, C., in press, Deep-water Ediacaran fossils from northwestern Canada: Taphonomy, ecology, and evolution. Journal of Paleontology.
  • Mason, S.J., Narbonne, G.M. and Dalrymple, R.W., 2013, Paleoenvironmental analysis of Ediacaran strata in the Catalina Dome, Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v.50, p.197-212.
  • Olariu, C., Steel, R.J., Dalrymple, R.W., and Gingras, M.K., 2012, Tidal dunes versus tidal bars: The sedimentological and architectural characteristics of compound dunes in a tidal seaway, the lower Baronia Sandstone (Lower Eocene), Ager Basin, Spain. Sedimentology, v. 59, p.
  • Beyer, S.R., Kyser, K., Hiatt, E.E., Dalrymple, R.W., and Pettman, C., 2011, Hydrogeology, sequence stratigraphy and diagenesis in the Paleoproterozoic western Thelon Basin: Influences on unconformity-related uranium mineralization.  Precambrian Research, v. 187, p. 293-312.
  • Mackay, D.A., and Dalrymple, R.W., 2011, Dynamic mud deposition in a tidal environment: the record of fluid-mud deposition in the Cretaceous Bluesky Formation, Alberta, Canada. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 81, p. 901-920.
  • Olariu, M.I., Olariu, C., Steel, R.J., Dalrymple, R.W., and Martinius, A., 2011, Anatomy of a laterally migrating tidal bar in front of a delta system: Essolomada Member, Roda Formation, Graus-Tremp Basin, Spain. Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2011.01253.x.
  • Catuneanu, O., Bhattacharya, J.P., Blum, M.D, Dalrymple, R.W., Eriksson, P.G., Fielding, C.R., Fisher, W.L., Galloway, W.E., Gianolla, P., Gibling, M.R., Giles, K.A., Holbrook, J.M., Jordan, R., Kendall, C.G.St.C., Macurda, B., Martinsen, O.J., Miall, A.D., Nummedal, D., Posamentier, H.W., Pratt, B.R., Shanley, K.W., Steel, R.J., Strasser, A., and Tucker, M.E., 2010, Sequence stratigraphy: common ground after three decades of development. Leading Edge, v. 28, p. 21-34.
  • Catuneanu, O., Abreu, V., Bhattacharya, J.P., Blum, M.D., Dalrymple, R.W.. Eriksson, P.G., Fielding, C.R., Fisher, W.L., Galloway, W.E., Gibling, M.R., Giles, K.A., Holbrook, J.M., Jordan, R., Kendall, C.G.St.C., Macurda, B., Martinsen, O.J., Miall, A.D., Neal, J.E., Nummedal, D., Pomar, L., Posamentier, H.W., Pratt, B.R., Sarg, J.F., Shanley, K.W., Steel, R.J., Strasser, A., Tucker, M.E. and Winker C., 2009, Toward the standardization of sequence stratigraphy. Earth-Science Reviews, p. 1-33.
  • Cummings, D.I., Dumas, S., and Dalrymple, R.W., 2009, Fine-grained versus coarse-grained wave ripples generated experimentally under large-scale oscillatory flow. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 79, p. 83-93.
  • Ichaso, A.A. and Dalrymple, R.W., 2009, Tidal and wave-generated fluid-mud deposits in the Tilje Formation (Jurassic), offshore Norway. Geology, v. 37, p. 539-542.
  • Yang, B.C., Dalrymple, R.W., Gingras, M.K. and Pemberton, S.G., 2009, Autogenic occurrence of Glossifungites Ichnofacies: Examples from wave-dominated, macrotidal flats, southwestern coast of Korea. Marine Geology, v. 260, p. 1-5.
  • Yang, B.C., Gingras, M.K., Dalrymple, R.W., and Pemberton, S.G., 2008, Wave-generated tidal bundles as an indicator of wave-dominated tidal flats: Reply. Geology, v. 35, p. e183.
  • Yang, B.C., Gingras, M.K., Pemberton, S.G., and Dalrymple, R.W., 2008, Wave-generated tidal bundles as an indicator of wave-dominated tidal flats. Geology, v. 35, p. 39-42.
  • Yang, B.C., Dalrymple, R.W., Gingras, M.K., Chun, S.S., and Lee, H.J., 2007, Up-estuary variation of sedimentary facies and ichnocoenoses in an open-mouthed, macrotidal, mixed-energy estuary, Gomso Bay, Korea. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 77, p. 757-771.
  • Dalrymple, R.W., and Choi, K.S., 2007, Morphologic and facies trends through the fluvial-marine transition in tide-dominated depositional systems: A systematic framework for environmental and sequence-stratigraphic interpretation. Earth Science Reviews, v. 81, p. 135-174.
  • Ichaso, A., Dalrymple, R.W., and Narbonne, G.M., 2007, Paleoenvironmental and basin analysis of the Late Neoproterozoic (Ediacaran) upper Conception and St. John’s Groups, West Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 44, p. 25-41.
  • Yoshida, S., Steel, R., and Dalrymple, R.W., 2007, Depositional process changes – An ingredient in a new generation of sequence-stratigraphic models. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 77, p. 447-460. 

Papers and chapters in books (last 5 years)

  • Dalrymple, R.W., in press, Sedimentology. McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
  • Ichaso, A.A. and Dalrymple, R.W., in press, Eustatic, tectonic and climatic controls on an early syn-rift mixed-energy delta, Tilje Formation, (Early Jurassic, Smørbukk Field, offshore mid-Norway). International Association of Sedimentologists Special Publication "From Depositional Systems to Sedimentary Successions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf ".
  • Dalrymple, R.W., Mackay, D.A., Ichaso, A.A., and Choi, K.S., 2012, Processes, morphodynamics and facies of tide-dominated estuaries, in Principles of Tidal Sedimentology, R.A. Davis, Jr. and R.W. Dalrymple (eds.). Dordrecht, Springer, p. 79-107.
  • Reynaud, J.-Y., and Dalrymple, R.W., 2012, Shallow-marine tidal deposits, in Principles of Tidal Sedimentology, R.A. Davis, Jr. and R.W. Dalrymple (eds.). Dordrecht, Springer, p. 335-369.
  • Dalrymple, R.W., 2010, Interpreting sedimentary successions: Facies, facies analysis and facies models, in Facies Models 4. N.P. James and R.W. Dalrymple (eds.). St. John’s, Newfoundland, Geological Association of Canada, p. 3-18.
  • Dalrymple, R.W., 2010, Introduction to siliciclastic facies models, in Facies Models 4. N.P. James and R.W. Dalrymple eds.). St. John’s, Newfoundland, Geological Association of Canada, p. 59-72.
  • Dalrymple, R.W., 2010, Tidal depositional systems, in Facies Models 4. N.P. James and R.W. Dalrymple (eds.). St. John’s, Newfoundland, Geological Association of Canada, p.201-231.
  • James, N.P. and Dalrymple, R.W., 2010, Introduction to the volume, in Facies Models 4. N.P. James and R.W. Dalrymple (eds.). St. John’s, Newfoundland, Geological Association of Canada, p. 1-2.
  • Dalrymple, R.W., and Choi, K.S., 2009, Coastal environments, in Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments. V. Gornitz (ed.). New York, Kluwer, p. 183-187.
  • Hampson, G.J., Steel, R.J., Burgess, P.M., and Dalrymple, R.W., 2008, Recent advances in models  of siliciclastic shallow-marine stratigraphy: Introduction and perspectives, in Recent Advances in Models of Siliciclastic Shallow-marine Sedimentation, G.J. Hampson, R.J. Steel, P.R. Burgess, and R.W. Dalrymple (eds.). SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Spec. Publ. 90, p. 3-12.
  • Yang, B.C., Dalrymple, R.W., Chun, S.S., Johnson, M.K., and Lee, H.J., 2008, Tidally modulated storm sedimentation on open-coast tidal flats, southwestern Korea: Distinguishing tidal-flat from shoreface storm deposits, in Recent Advances in Models of Siliciclastic Shallow-marine Sedimentation, G.J. Hampson, R.J. Steel, P.R. Burgess, and R.W. Dalrymple (eds.). SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Spec. Publ. 90, p. 161-176. 

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