Dr. Bill Elliott

 

Chair & Associate Professor of Geology

Dept. of Geology and Physics

University of Southern Indiana
wselliott@usi.edu

 

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Education

Ph.D., 2002, Geological Sciences, Indiana University
M.S., 1998, Geological Sciences, Indiana University
B.S., 1995, Geology, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

 

Background and Research Interests

Dr. Elliott started his teaching career at Southern Oregon University in 2002 and joined the Geology and Physics Department at the University of Southern Indiana in August 2009. He specializes in the study of earth surface processes, low temperature geochemistry, and sedimentary geology. Dr. Elliott is actively involved in several research projects with undergraduate students investigating sedimentary rocks in southern Oregon, studying continental carbonates in the Cloverly Formation of Wyoming, and analyzing the distribution and variability of reservoir sediments deposited above Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. His long term research goals are to evaluate the impact of tectonically induced climate on the distribution of depositional systems in ancient sedimentary basins and resolve Mesozoic tectonics and sedimentation in the western United States. Dr. Elliott has been awarded over $350,000 in external funding from the Murdock Charitable Trust, National Science Foundation, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society.

 

 

Dr. Elliott with interbedded sandstones & conglomerates of the Cretaceous Hornbrook Formation, northern California.

 

University Service and Professional Activities

               Chair of the Geology and Physics Department at the University of Southern Indiana.

               President (2005-07) of the Southern Oregon Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. The mission of the Chapter focuses on inducting undergraduate students into membership in recognition of their research accomplishments.

               Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America (GSA), International Association of Sedimentologists, National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

 

Recent Abstracts & Publications (* - denotes undergraduate student authors)

Elliott, W. S., Jr., 2009, Sequence stratigraphy and depositional history of the Upper Cretaceous Hornbrook Formation in southwestern Oregon and northern California: Tectonic implications for Western North America: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Abstracts with Programs.

*Martin, L. C. and Elliott, W. S., Jr., 2009, Determining the provenance of clasts within conglomerates of the Payne Cliffs Formation, Jackson County, Oregon: Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Sciences, v. 45, p. 28-29.

*Shapiro, R. and Elliott, W. S., Jr., 2009, Growth experiments of Acidithiobacillus ferroxidans to resolve the oxidation rate of sulfide minerals at the abandoned Blue Ledge Mine, Siskiyou County, California: Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Sciences, v. 45, p. 30.

*McKay, L. K., *Brettner, N. P., and Elliott, W. S., Jr., 2008, Examining the geochemistry of natural waters underlain by massive sulfide deposits near the Blue Ledge Mine, Siskiyou County, California: Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Sciences, v. 44, p. 36-37.

Elliott, W. S. Jr., Suttner, L. J., and Pratt, L. M., 2007, Tectonically induced climate and its control on the distribution of depositional systems in the continental Cloverly Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Wyoming: Sedimentary Geology, v. 202, p. 730-753.

Elliott, W. S., Jr., 2007, Field Trip Guide to the Upper Cretaceous Hornbrook Formation and Cenozoic Rocks of southern Oregon and northern California: Geological Society of the Oregon Country, September 8, 24 p.

*Bywater, S. V., and Elliott, W. S., Jr., 2007, Petrographic Analysis of Sandstone Concretions in the Upper Cretaceous Hornbrook Formation, Siskiyou County, California: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 6, p. 628-629.

*Carrington, E. M., and Elliott, W. S., Jr., 2007, Geochemistry and Grain Size Analysis of Sediments Recovered from Gold Ray Reservoir and Implications for Dam Removal on the Rogue River, Jackson County, Oregon: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 6, p. 61.

Elliott, W. S., Jr., *Johnson, J. A., *Wikstrom, M. A., and Jones, P., 2007, Acid Mine Drainage and assessment of recent remediation efforts at the Blue Ledge Mine, Siskiyou County, California: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 6, p. 404.

Elliott, W. S. Jr., Douglas, B. J., and Suttner, L. J., 2003, Structural control on Quaternary and Tertiary sedimentation in the Harrison Basin, Madison County, Montana: Mountain Geologist, v. 40, p. 1-18. (Best Paper Award, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 2003)

 

Grants and Fellowships

 

l    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2008, $22,218

l    Partners in Science, Murdock Charitable Trust, 2006, $14,000

l    Research Petrographic Microscopes, Donation, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, 2006, $78,000

l    Professional Development Grant, Southern Oregon University, 2005, $3,232

l    Carpenter Grant, Southern Oregon University, 2005, $500

l    Major Research Instrumentation Grant, National Science Foundation, 2004, $219,484

l    Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, seismograph at SOU, 2004, $3,000

l    Carpenter Grant, Southern Oregon University, 2003, $350

l    Petroleum Research Fund, American Chemical Society, 2003, $7,000

 

 

 

 

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