Geology students present paper at the annual meeting of the North Central Section of the Geological Society of America

Geoscience students Stephen Kunz, Adam Marks, Jon Sands, and their advisor Dr. Karl W. Leonard presented the paper “Sequence Stratigraphy of the Tyler Formation (Lower Pennsylvanian/Morrowan) in the Williston Basin, North Dakota” at the annual North Central Section of GSA meeting in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 3. 

Leonard and his students have been examining core samples and fossils from the Tyler Formation from the subsurface of western North Dakota to determine variations in rock types and fossil assemblages in response to global climate change over 300 million years ago. This study may have economic implications since the Tyler is often referred to as the “Baby Bakken”.