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Daniel M. Deocampo

Geosciences Chair and Professor

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, 2001. Rutgers University.
M.S. Geological Sciences, 1997. Rutgers University.
B.S., Geological Sciences, 1994. Tufts University.



State of California:  Professional Geologist (PG#8161)
State of Georgia:  Professional Geologist (PG#2059)
OSHA 24 Hour HAZWOPER (Cert. # 110924251813)


Post Doctoral Fellowships
2003.  Natural History Museum, London, UK.
2002.  U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
2001. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

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Dan taking sediment samples in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, East Africa.

Dan taking sediment samples in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, East Africa.

Current Funded Research

U.S. National Science Foundation, 2012-2013, $234,362. Acquisition of X-ray diffraction instrumentation for mineralogical, crystallographic, and geochemical research and education. Status: P.I.

U.S. National Science Foundation, 2010-2011, $61,537. (Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry) RAPID: Enhancing Biodegradation of Deepwater Horizon Contaminant Hydrocarbons in Louisiana Salt Marsh Using High Layer Charge Montmorillonites. Status: P.I.

American Chemical Society / ACS/PRF, 2010-2013, $65,000. Experimental Synthesis of Authigenic Clay Minerals: Implications for Lacustrine Deposition and Diagenesis. Status: P.I.


22. 2012 In Press (accepted). El Bastawesy, M., Ramadan Ali, R., and Deocampo, D.M. Detection and assessment of the waterlogging in the dryland drainage basins using remote sensing and GIS techniques. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

21. 2012 In Press (accepted). Deocampo, D.M., Reed, P.J., and Kalenuik, A.P. Road dust lead (Pb) in two neighborhoods of urban Atlanta, Georgia, Southeast U.S.A.: Preliminary geochemical and geospatial analyses. International Journal of Environmental Science and Health.

20. 2012 In Press (accepted). Forouzan, F., Glover, J.B., Williams, F., and Deocampo, D.M. Portable XRF Analysis of Zoomorphic Figurines, “Tokens,” and Sling Bullets from Chogha Gaveneh, Iran. Journal of Archaeological Sciences. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.04.010

19. 2012 In Press (accepted). Ashley, G.M., Deocampo, D.M., Kahmann-Robinson, J., and Driese, S.G. Groundwater-fed Wetland Sediments and Paleosols: It’s All About The Water Table. SEPM Special Publication, New Frontiers in Paleopedology and Terrestrial Paleoclimatology.

18. 2011 Marra, F., Deocampo, D., Jackson, M.D., and Ventura, G. The Alban Hills and Monti Sabatini volcanic products used in ancient Roman masonry (Italy): An integrated stratigraphic, archaeological, environmental and geochemical approach. Earth-Science Reviews, vol. 108, p. 115-136.

17. 2011 Kiage, L.M., Deocampo, D.M., Biancatte, T., McCloskey, T., Liu, K.-b., and Hursey, M.,. A 1900 yr Paleohurricane Record from Wassaw Island, Georgia. Journal of Quaternary Science, vol. 26, p. 714-722, DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1494.

16. 2010 Deocampo, D.M., and Tactikos, J.,. Geochemical gradients and artifact densities on the Lowermost Bed II Eastern Lake Margin (~1.8 myr), Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Quaternary Research, vol. 74, p. 411-423.

15. 2010 Deocampo, D.M., Behrensmeyer, A.K., and Potts, R.. Ultrafine clay minerals of the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, Southern Kenya Rift: Diagenesis and Paleoenvironments of Early Hominins. Clays and Clay Minerals, vol. 58, p. 293-309.

14. 2010 Deocampo, D.M.. The Geochemistry of Continental Carbonates. Developments in Sedimentology, vol. 62, p. 1-59, DOI 10.1016/S0070-4571(09)06201-3.

13. 2010 Jackson, M.D., Deocampo, D.M., Marra, F., and Scheetz, B.. Mid-Pleistocene Pozzolanic Volcanic Ash in Ancient Roman Concretes. Geoarchaeology. vol. 25, p. 36-74..

12. 2009 Deocampo, D.M., Cuadros, J., Wing-Dudek, T., Olives, J., and Amouric, M. Saline lake diagenesis as revealed by coupled mineralogy and geochemistry of multiple ultrafine clay phases: Pliocene Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. American Journal of Science. vol 309, doi: 10.2475/09.2009.03.

Current Research Group (Summer-Fall, 2012)

Gregg Armstrong — Experimental Clay Synthesis Group, undergraduate, Fall, 2012.

Jill Ghelerter — Biogeochemistry of clay mineral – microbe interactions in petroleum-contaminated salt marshes — Ph.D. in progress, begun Spring, 2010

Brian Meyer — Quaternary Geology and Geoarchaeology, St. Catherine’s Island, Coastal Georgia — Ph.D. in progress, begun Spring 2010

Patti Berry — Geochemistry of Paleolake Olduvai Lake Sediments, Tanzania — M.S. in progress, begun Fall 2009.

Jessica Raines — CO2-induced clay dissolution in Paleozoic carbon sequestration caprocks, Northern Alabama — M.S. in progress, begun Fall, 2010

Rebecca Pickering — Experimental Clay Synthesis Group — M.S. in progress, begun Spring, 2012

Rhoda Popoola — Sedimentology of the Weizner Quartzite, northern Georgia, a potential carbon sequestration reservoir — M.S. in progress, begun Fall, 2011

Peter Razumov —  Experimental Clay Synthesis Group, undergraduate, Fall, 2012.

Lucy Taylor — Experimental Clay Synthesis Group, undergraduate, Fall, 2012.

Completed Theses

Scott Yurman, M.S., 2012.Carbon Sequestration Potential in Simulated Saline Lake Waters.

Jennifer Dickie, M.S., 2010. Mineralogical and geochemical indicators of subaerial weathering in the Pozzolane Rosse Ignimbrite (Alban Hills Volcanic District, Italy).

Michael Solt, M.S., 2010. Multivariate Analysis of Lead and Other Metals in Soil of Sacramento, California.

Jennifer Garcia, M.S., 2011. A Geochemical Analysis: Application of a Chelating Agent on Potential ASR Reactive Aggregates.