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Mary Kraus


Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Energy & Minerals Applied Research Center (EMARC) Fellow
Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1983
M.S., University of Wyoming, 1979
B.S., Yale University, 1973
Email: Mary.Kraus@Colorado.EDU
Phone: 303.492.7251

Research Interests

Alluvial paleosols and their geologic utility, fluvial sedimentology, paleoclimatology, paleolandscape reconstruction, continental ichnology

Current Projects

1.Collaborative study with Steve Hasiotis (University of Kansas) of the distribution of ichnofossils across alluvial paleoenvironments. The research focuses on ichnofossils in the superbly exposed Paleogene Willwood Formation of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. The goals of this study are to elucidate the diversity and distribution of above- and below-ground soil macrobiota in alluvial paleosols and to unravel what factors controlled their distribution during latest Paleocene-early Eocene time.
2.Using paleosols to interpret paleoclimate change, particularly precipitation patterns, across the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. Relating changes in the sedimentologic record to paleoclimate change at the PETM.


Recent Publications



Career Experience

2003 - Chair, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
1998 - Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
1995-97 - Associate Chair, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
1994-95 - Faculty Associate, Graduate School, University of Colorado
1991-93 - Associate Chair, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
1990-97 - Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
1983-89 - Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado

Honors and Awards

Elected Fellow of Geological Society of America, 1998
Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 1987

Service to the Profession (1997-2006)

President-Elect, SEPM, Society for Sedimentary Geology 2006-07
Journal of Sedimentary Research, Co-Editor (2000-2003)
Member of Council, SEPM, Society for Sedimentary Geology (2000-2003)
Sedimentary Geology, Editorial Board (1997-2000)
Journal of Sedimentary Research, Editorial Board (1996-1999)
General Co-chair, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 1999
Member, Penrose Medal Committee, Geological Society of America (1998-2000)




Geological Sciences
University of Colorado Boulder
UCB 399
Boulder, CO 80309-0399