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Neil Wells


My research interests are in sedimentology and geomorphology, especially modern & ancient fluvial and lacustrine continental deposits, and taphonomy of vertebrate fossils within them. I have particular interests in 

  • Eocene lake deposits in Utah
  • Development of the landscape and biota of Madagascar and human influence on the same
  • Interpretation of mid-late Paleozoic strata in NE Ohio
  • Computer programming to improve visualization and analysis of complex data sets (e.g., data regarding orientations, Munsell soil colors, and grain-size distributions).

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

N. Ranasinghe, J.D. Ortiz, A.L. Moore, B. McAdoo, N. Wells, C.H.E.R. Siriwardana, and D.T.D.S. Wijesundara,  2013.  Mid–Late Holocene coastal environmental changes in southeastern Sri Lanka: New evidence for sea level variations in southern Bay of Bengal.  Quaternary International, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.02.030.

A. Hajdarwish, A. Shakoor, and N.A. Wells, 2013.  Investigating statistical relationships among clay mineralogy ,index engineering properties, and shear strength parameters of mudrocks.  Engineering Geology, 159: 45-58.

A. A. Klompmaker, J.D. Ortiz, and N.A. Wells, 2013.  How to explain a decapod crustacean diversity hotspot in a mid-Cretaceous coral reef.  Paleogeography, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, .  

 Y. Admassu, A. Shakoor, and N.A. Wells, 2011.  Evaluating selected factors affecting the depth of undercutting in rocks subject to differential weathering.  Environmental and Engineering Geoscience.  Engineering Geology (September 2011), v. 124, pp. 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2011.09.007.

K. Saha, N.A. Wells, and M. Munro-Stasiuk, 2011.  An object-oriented approach to automated landfrom mapping,: a case study of drumlins.  Computers and Geosciences, 37:1324-1336. 


Research Areas
  • Sedimentology
  • Geomorphology
  • Vertebrate Taphonomy

Geological Society of America
Society of Exploration Paleontologists and Mineralogists
International Association of Sedimentologists
Sigma Xi
Northern Ohio Geological Society
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Neil Wells
Department of Geology
131-A Mcgilvrey Hall

Spring 2015 office hours:
McGilvrey Hall 131A, or 116

Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
or by appointment

Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 330-672-2951
Fax: 330-672-7949