Geological Sciences

Primary Investigators: David Elliot, Lawrence Krissek, Garry McKenzie, Matthew Saltzman, Ralph von Frese, Peter Webb, and Terry Wilson

Geological Science has been, and continues to be, a major strength at BPCRC. Members, including BPCRC researchers and faculty at the School of Earth Sciences, conduct interdisciplinary research in both Polar areas as well as in many related regions.

In Antarctica, BPCRC geoscientists pioneered geological investigations of the Transantarctic Mountains beginning with the International Geophysical Year in 1957, and have been leaders since that time at the majority of helicopter supported field camps, such as the geoscience programs in the Shackleton and Beardmore Glacier regions; in national and international cooperative research initiatives, such as the Cape Roberts Drilling Project; and in the scientific working groups of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and on national advisory groups concerned with polar science, including the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

BPCRC geoscientists are conducting investigations on several other continents to understand the role of Antarctica in global tectonics and continental evolution and the role of historical ice sheets in the global climate-oceanographic system. Geoscientists at BPCRC have developed new theories on ice-sheet and climate history, glaciogenic sedimentary processes, and continental configurations during global tectonic reorganizations.

Current BPCRC geological research projects can be grouped into several major areas: