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The Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems (SPODDS) is a research program in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth Sciences. We focus on the ancient and modern deep-water deposits around the world, providing opportunities for students, faculty, and participating companies to collaborate via guided research and exploration.  Our scientific community includes a wide-range of internationally-based affiliate companies and research institutions. In this era of ever dwindling natural resources, we seek greater understanding of deep-water deposits as reservoirs for energy products on the ancient sea floor and modern continental margins. A huge highlight of the program is the annual field trip to one of the world's classic deep-water basins.


Recent Publications

Sperling, E.A., Melchin, M.J., Fraser, T., Stockey, R.G., Farrell, U.C., Bhajan, L., Brunoir, T.N., Cole, D.B., Gill, B.C., Lenz, A., Loydell, D.K., Malinowski, J., Miller, A.J., Plaza-Torres, S., Bock, B., Rooney, A.D., Tecklenburg, S.A., Vogel, J.M., Planavsky, N.J., Strauss, J.V. (2021). A long-term record of early to mid-Paleozoic marine redox change. Science Advances

Trower, E.J., Strauss, J.V., Sperling, E.A., Fischer, W.W. (2021). Isotopic analyses of Ordovician–Silurian siliceous skeletons indicate silica-depleted Paleozoic oceans. Geobiology

Gooley, J.T., Sharman, G.R., Graham, S.A. (2021). Reconciling along-strike disparity in slip displacement of the San Andreas fault, central California, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin.