Antun Husinec

James H. Chapin Professor of Geology and Mineralogy
Antun Husinec

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).

 

 

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