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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 at Hutton’s Section in the Salisbury Crags in Edinburgh, Scotland, where a dolerite sill is intruded along bedding planes in a Mississippian sandstone. This was one of the important sections as James Hutton developed the early field of geology in the 18th century.

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

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

Recent Funded Research

National Science Foundation, “Collaborative: ACACIA: Ancient Climate and the Authigenic Clay Index of Aridity,” $394,000 ($303,875 to GSU).  6/1/14 – 5/31/17.  Status: Lead P.I. (With Co-PIs/Collaborators G.M. Ashley, J. Cuadros, J.S. Delaney, W.C. Elliott, M. Krekeler, F. Longstaffe)

Montana Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, “Lake Kookanoosa Suspended Sediment Separation for Selenium Monitoring,” $2,220. 4/1/16-8/31/16. Status: P.I.

Maryland Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, “Sediment Processing in Support of Radionuclide Monitoring,” $1,768. 6/1/16-8/31/16. Status: P.I.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality, “Clark Canyon Reservoir Turbidity Monitoring,” $1,000. 9/1/16-12/31/16. Status: P.I.

National Institutes of Health, “Disparities in Exposure to Environmental Threats,” $295,883.  10/1/14-9/31/15.  Status: Co-I (PI: Rothenberg)

National Institutes of Health, “Georgia State University Center of Excellence: Syndemics of Disparities Environmental Core,” 9/22/11 – 7/31/15.  Status: Co-I. (With PI M. Erikson and 6 others), $724,509.

Petroleum Research Fund – American Chemical Society, “Experimental synthesis of authigenic lacustrine clay minerals: Hypothesis testing for modern and ancient depositional systems,” $65,000.  1/1/11 – 8/31/2014.  Status: P.I. (With Co-PIs J. Cuadros, NHM-London, and W.C. Elliott, GSU).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Pb and Mn Content in Soils Associated with Child Lead Poisoning, Nigeria,”  $19,968 (Contract).  7/22/2013 – 12/31/2013.  Status: P.I. (With Co-PI A. Horowitz)

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

19.  2012 *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, vol. 39, p. 3534-3541, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.04.010.22. 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.

20.  2012 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 Research and Public Health, vol. 9, p. 2020-2030.

21.  2012 El Bastawesy, M., Ramadan Ali, R., Deocampo, D.M., and Baroudi, M.S.A.  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, vol. 5, p. 1564-1571.  DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2012.2200456.

22.  2013 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.  In:  Driese, S.G. and Nordt, L.C. (Eds.), SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Special Publication 44, New Frontiers in Paleopedology and Terrestrial Paleoclimatology: Paleosols and Soil Surface Analog Systems, p. 47-61.

23.  2013.  Greipsson, S., Tay, C., Whatley, A., and Deocampo, D.M.  Sharp decline in lead contamination in topsoil away from a smelter and lead migration in an ultisol.  World Environment, vol. 3, no. 3, p. 102-107.

24.  2014. Deocampo, D.M. and Jones, B.F.  Geochemistry of Saline Lakes.  Treatise on Geochemistry 2nd Edition, Volume 7: Surface and Groundwater, Weathering, and Soils (Drever, J.I., Ed.), p. 437-469.

25.  2014.  Marra, F., Sottili, G., Gaeta, M., Giaccio, B., Jicha, B., Masotta, M., Palladino, D.M., and Deocampo, D.M.  Major explosive activity in the Monti Sabatini Volcanic District (central Italy) over the 800-390 ka interval: geochronological – geochemical overview and tephrostratigraphic implications.  Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 94, p. 74-101.

26.  2015.  *Meyer, B.K.*, Vance, R.K., Bishop, G.A., and Deocampo, D.M.  Origin and Dynamics of Nearshore Wetlands: Central Georgia Bight, USA. Wetlands. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-014-0615-1.

27.  2015. *Solt, M.*, Deocampo, D.M., and Norris, M. Spatial Distribution of Lead and Other Trace Metals in Sacramento, California, USA.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 12, p. 3174-3187.

28.  2015 *Johnson, D.*, Deocampo, D.M., El-Mayas, H., and Greipsson, S.  Induced phytoextraction of lead through chemical manipulation of swtchgrass and corn; role of iron supplement.  International Journal of Phytoremediation.  DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2015.1045134

29.  2015.  Deocampo, D.M. Authigenic Clays in Lacustrine Mudstones.  In: Paying Attention to Mudstones: Priceless!  (Egenhoff, S., Larsen, D., and Fishman, N., Eds.), Geological Society of America Special Paper 515, p. 49-64, doi:10.1130/2015/2515(03).

30.  2016. Deocampo, D.M. and Renaut, R.W.  Geochemistry of African soda lakes.  In: Soda Lakes of the East African Rift Valley (Schagerl, M., Ed.), Springer, p. 77-93.

31.  2016. Grothe, P.R., Cobb, K.M., Bush, S.L., Cheng, H., Santos, G.M., Southon, J.R., Edwards, R.L., Deocampo, D.M., and Sayani, H.R.  A comparison of rapid-screen 14C and U/Th dates from Line Island fossil corals: implications for paleoclimate reconstruction. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17, doi:10.1002/2015GC005893.

32.  2016.  Cohen, A., and 60 coauthors.  The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Inferring the Environmental Context of Human Evolution from Eastern African Rift Lake Deposits.  Scientific Drilling, vol. 21, p. 1-16. doi: 10.5194/sd-21-1-2016.

33.  2016.  Liutkus-Pierce, C.M., Zimmer, B.W., Carmichael, S.K., McIntosh, W., Deino, A., Hewitt, S., McGinnis, K.J., Hartney, T., Brett, J., Mana, S., Deocampo, D.M., Richmond, B.G., Hatala, K., Harcourt-Smith, W., Pobiner, B., Metallo, A., and Rossi, V..  Radioisotopic age, formation, and preservation of Late Pleistocene human footprints at Engare Sero, Tanzania.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 463, p. 68-82.

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.