Antun Husinec

James H. Chapin Professor of Geology and Mineralogy
Specialty Carbonate Sedimentology, Sequence- and Chemostratigraphy; Paleoclimate

Post-doc in Geology
Virginia Tech

Ph.D. in Geology
University of Zagreb, Croatia

M.Sc. in Geology
University of Zagreb, Croatia


A central emphasis in my research plan is directed at the use of sedimentary record coupled with the integration of stratigraphic analysis, modeling, isotopic approaches, and spectral analysis to track the evolution of climates and oceans. The present “icehouse” world cannot tell us how the Earth would function under “greenhouse” conditions. Also, a significant part of earth history previously considered ice-free was neither true greenhouse nor icehouse, but in-between (transitional), with some polar ice but not large ice sheets. The stacking patterns of sediments on Phanerozoic carbonate platforms record a 540 m.y. history of climate-induced sea-level changes, capable of resolving the distinctive signatures of greenhouse, transitional, and icehouse conditions. They also provide a window into how modern tropical platforms might respond to global warming and cooling.

My particular expertise is in sedimentology/stratigraphy. Skills include core description, outcrop logging, thin-section petrographic and cathodoluminescence (CL) analysis, high-resolution sequence and seismic stratigraphy of carbonate and mixed carbonate-evaporite systems, diagenesis, pore type analysis, log evaluation and correlation. Current research projects include Mesozoic Periadriatic platform carbonates (Croatia), Lower Paleozoic mixed carbonate-evaporite succession of the Williston Basin (USA); Permian-Triassic deposits (Persian Gulf); and modern carbonate environments of the Caribbean Region (Bahamas, Jamaica, Honduras).



Recent Publications

Jafarian, A., Husinec, A., Wang, C., Chen, X., Wang, M., Gröcke, D.R., Saboor, A., Li, Y., 2024, Intrashelf basin record of redox and productivity changes along the Arabian
margin of Neo-Tethys during Oceanic Anoxic Event 1a. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 636, #111975, DOI:10.1016/j.palaeo.2023.111975

Husinec, A., Read, J.F., 2023, Milankovitch record from Middle Jurassic platform supports moderate coolhouse glaciation. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, v. 38, e2023PA004680, DOI:10.1029/2023PA004680

Jafarian, A., Husinec, A., Wang, C., Chen, X., Saboor, A., Li, Y., 2023, Aptian oceanic anoxic event 1a in the shallow, carbonate-dominated intrashelf Kazhdumi Basin, Zagros Mountains. Sedimentology, v. 70, p. 1981-2014, DOI: 10.1111/sed.13102

Husinec, A., Read, J.F., Kemp, D.B., 2023, Orbital forcing of Upper Jurassic (Tithonian) shallow-water carbonates, Tethyan Adriatic Platform, Croatia evaluated using synthetic vs. real data sets. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 622, #111617, DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2023.111617

Kakemem, U., Ghasemi, M., Adabi, M.H., Husinec, A., Mahmoudi, A., Anderskouv, K., 2023, Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of automated hydraulic flow units – the Permian Upper Dalan Formation, Persian Gulf. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 147, #105965 (24 pp), DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2022.105965

Husinec, A., Read, J.F., Prtoljan, B., 2022, Middle and Late Jurassic record of sea-level, sequence development, and carbon-isotope fluctuations, Tethyan Adriatic Carbonate Platform, Croatia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 599, #111030 (25 pp.), DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2022.111030

Radwan, A., Husinec, A., Benjumea, B., Kassem, A., El Aal, A.A., Hakimi, M.H., Thanh, H.V., Abdel-Fattah, M.I., Shehata, A.A., 2022, Diagenetic overprint on porosity and permeability of a combined conventional-unconventional reservoir: Insights from the Eocene pelagic limestones, Gulf of Suez, Egypt. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 146, #105967 (20 pp.), DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2022.105967

Husinec, A., Leslie, A.S., 2022, Continuous record of Upper Ordovician (Katian) to lower Silurian (Telychian) global δ13C excursions in the Williston Basin. Terra Nova, v. 34, p. 314-322, DOI: 10.1111/ter.12593

Ghasemi, M., Kakemem, U., Husinec, A., 2022, Automated approach to reservoir zonation: a case study from the Upper Permian Dalan (Khuff) carbonate ramp, Persian Gulf. Journal of  Natural Gas Research and Engineering, v. 97, #104332 (13 pp.), DOI:10.1016/j.jngse.2021.104332

Husinec, A., Read, J.F., 2022, Assessing Milankovitch forcing in disconformity-prone cyclic shallow-water carbonates, Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian), Adriatic Platform, Croatia. Sedimentology, v. 69, 1789-1815, DOI: 10.1111/sed.12973

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