Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, PhD
1998-2010Associate Professor
1995-1998Adjunct Associate Professor
1989-1995Adjunct Assistant Professor
1986-1988Post-Doctoral Fellow, Freie Universitaet Berlin
PhD, 1985Case Western Reserve University
MS, 1983Case Western Reserve University
BS (Honors), 1978University of Chicago
Office:211 Clippinger Labs
Office Phone:740-593-1989

Research Interests

A) Global impact of lake systems through geologic time.

B) Limnogeologic investigations (study of lake deposits in the geologic record) that include sedimentologic and petrographic analysis of nonmarine carbonate lacustrine to palustrine rocks and mudstone-rich lacustrine/fluvial sequences in tectonic basins.

C) Sediments and associated features of modern reservoir lakes impacted by acid mine drainage in Ohio, including limnologic monitoring of lake characteristics.

D) Provenance studies of lake deposits using Sr isotopic analysis of carbonates.

Selected Publications

  • Wilson, J.H., McLennan, S.M., Glotch, T.D., Rasbury, E.T., Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., and Tappero, R., 2012. Pedogenic hematitic concretions from the Mesozoic New Haven Arkose, Connecticut: implications for understanding Martian diagenetic processes. Chemical Geology, v. 312-313, p. 195-208.
  • Renaut, R.W. and Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., 2010. Lakes. IN: Dalrymple, R. and James, N. (Editors), Facies Models, 4th Edition, Geological Association of Canada, Toronto, p. 541-575.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., 2010. Lacustrine carbonates, in Alonso-Zarza, A.M. and Tanner, L.H., Eds., Carbonates in Continental Settings: Processes, Facies, and Application, Developments in Sedimentology 61, Elsevier, Amsterdam, p. 1-101.
  • Pla-Pueyo, S., Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., Viseras, C., and Soria, J.M., 2009. Major controls on sedimentation during the evolution of a continental basin: Pliocene-Pleistocene of the Guadix Basin (Betic Cordillera, southern Spain). Sedimentary Geology, v. 219, p. 97-114.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., Jacobson, A.D., Blum, J.D., and Valero Garces, B.L., 2008. Watershed reconstruction of a Paleocene-Eocene lake basin using Sr isotopes in carbonate rocks. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120, p. 85-95.
  • Park, L.E. and Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., 2007. Paleozoic lake faunas: establishing aquatic life on land. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 249, p. 160-179.
  • Wolela, A.M. and Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., 2007. Diagenetic history of fluvial and lacustrine sandstones of the Hartford Basin (Triassic-Jurassic), Newark Supergroup, USA. Sedimentary Geology, v. 197, p. 99-126 (doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2006.09.006).
  • Rasbury, E.T., Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., Cole, J.M., Sookdeo, C., Spataro, G., and Nienstedt, J., 2006. Calcite cement stratigraphy of a nonpedogenic calcrete in the Triassic New Haven Arkose (Newark Supergroup), in Alonso, Zarza, A.M., and Tanner, L.H., Eds., Paleoenvironmental Record and Applications of Calcretes and Palustrine Carbonates, Geological Society of America Special Paper 416, p. 203-221.
  • Kidder, D.L. and Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., 2005. Impact of grassland radiation on the nonmarine silica cycle and Miocene diatomite. Palaios, v. 20, in press.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H. and Park, L.E., 2004. Comparing lake species diversity in the modern and fossil record. Journal of Geology, v. 112(6), p. 703-717.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., and Gibling, M.R., 2002. Pedogenic mud aggregates in rift sedimentation, in Renaut, R. and Ashley, G. M., Eds., Sedimentation in Continental Rifts, Society for Sedimentary Geology Special Pub. No. 73, p. 195-206.
  • de Wet, C. B., Mora, C. I., Gore, P., and Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., and Cucolo, S. J., 2002. Deposition and geochemistry of lacustrine and spring carbonates in Mesozoic rift basins, eastern North America, in Renaut, R. and Ashley, G. M., Eds., Sedimentation in Continental Rifts, Society for Sedimentary Geology Special Pub. No. 73, p. 309-325.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H. and Kelts, K.R. (Editors), 2000. Lake Basins Through Space and Time, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Studies in Geology 46, 638p.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., 1998. Carbonate deposition in an ephemeral siliciclastic alluvial plain: Jurassic Shutte Meadow Formation, Hartford Basin, Newark Supergroup, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 140, p. 161-184.
  • Valero Garces, B.L., Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., and Bragonier, W.A., 1997. Pennsylvanian continental cyclothem development: no evidence of direct climate control in the Upper Freeport Formation (Alleghenian) of Pennsylvania. Sedimentary Geology, v. 109, p. 305-320.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H., and Rust, B.R., 1994. The Jurassic East Berlin Formation, Hartford Basin, Newark Supergroup (Connecticut and Massachusetts): a saline lake/playa/alluvial plain system, in Renaut, R.W. and Last, W.M., Eds., Sedimentology and Geochemistry of Modern and Ancient Saline Lakes, Society for Sedimentary Geology Special Pub. No. 50, p. 249-265.
  • Gierlowski-Kordesch, E.H. and Kelts, K. (Editors), 1994. Global Geological Record of Lake Basins, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 427p.

Recent Titles of Advisee's Completed Theses

  • Weismiller, H.C., 2012. Sediment accumulation on basalt flows (Jurassic Kalkrand Formation, Namibia).
  • Truchan, J.J. 2009. Genesis of carbonate lakes on perennial siliciclastic floodplains.
  • Zerezghi, S.G., 2007. Sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Lower Jurassic Portland Formation, Newark Supergroup, Hartford Basin.
  • Hollenkamp, C., 2004. An assessment of the mobility and bioavailability of metals in the sediments of Lakek Hope, Vinton County, Ohio.
  • Cassle, C., 2004. Petrographic analyses of Late Pennsylvanian age limestones within the northern to central Appalachian Basin.

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 1300: Geology of National Parks
  • GEOL 3092J: Geowriting
  • GEOL 4/5530: Limnology
  • GEOL 5550: Limnogeology