Lauren Birgenheier

Associate Professor

Phone: (801) 585-3158
Fax: (801) 585-3540

Sequence Stratigraphy

Sedimentary Geology


Conventional and Unconventional Reservoir Characterization

Regional & Basin Experience

  • Utah

  • Eastern Australia

Ph.D. in Geoscience (geology specialization), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.A. in Geology (with distinctions), Colorado College, Colorado Springs


  • American Association of petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

  • Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)

  • International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)

  • Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

  • Geological Society of America (GSA)

2008 Myerly-Martin Prize for excellence in Graduate Research: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Geosciences

2007 Geological Society of America Coal Division Best Paper at 2006 GSA Annual Conference

Corbett, M.J., Fielding, C.R., Birgenheier, L.P., 2011, Stratigraphy of a Cretaceous coastal plain fluvial succession: The Campanian Masuk Formation, Henry Mountains Syncline, Utah, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 81, p. 80-96.

Fielding, C.R., Antia, J., Birgenheier, L.P., Corbett, M.J., 2010. A field guide to the Cretaceous succession of the western Henry Mountains Syncline, south-central Utah, in Carney, S.M., Tabet, D.E., and Johnson, C.L., eds., Geology of South-Central Utah, Utah Geological Association Publication 39.

Birgenheier, L.P., Frank, T.D., Fielding, C.R., Rygel, M.C., 2010, Coupled carbon isotopic and sedimentologic records from the Permian system of eastern Australia reveal the response of atmospheric carbon dioxide to glacial growth and decay during the late Palaeozoic ice age, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 286, p. 178-193.

Birgenheier, L.P., Fielding, C.R., Corbett, M.J., Kesler, C., 2009, Sequence stratigraphic assessment of the Muley Canyon Sandstone and Masuk Formation, Henry Mountains Syncline: Implications for understanding the Muley Canyon Coal Zone, Utah Geological Survey Open File Report 557.

Birgenheier, L.P., Fielding, C.R., Rygel, M.C., Frank, T.D., Roberts, J., 2009, Evidence for dynamic climate change on sub-106-yr scales from the late Paleozoic glacial record, Tamworth Belt, New South Wales, Australia, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 79, p. 56-82.

Frank, T.D., Birgenheier, L.P., Montanez, I.P., Fielding, C.R., Rygel, M.C., 2008, Late Paleozoic climate dynamics revealed by comparison of ice-proximal stratigraphic and ice-distal isotopic records, in Fielding, C.R., Frank, T.D., Isbell, J.L., eds., Resolving the Late Paleozoic Ice Age in Time and Space, Geological Society of America Special Paper 441, p. 331-342.

Rygel, M.C., Fielding, C.R., Bann, K., Frank, T.D., Birgenheier, L., & Tye, S.C., 2008, The early Permian Wasp Head Formation, Sydney Basin, High-latitude shallow marine sedimentation following the late Asselian-early Sakmarian glacial event in eastern Australia, Sedimentology, v. 55, 1517-1540.

Rygel, M.C., Fielding, C.R., Frank, T.D., Birgenheier, L.P., 2008, The magnitude of late Paleozoic glacioeustatic fluctuations: a synthesis, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 78, p. 500-511.

Fielding, C.R., Frank, T.D., Birgenheier, L.P., Rygel, M.C., Jones, A.T., Roberts, J., 2008, Alternating glacial and non-glacial intervals characterize the late Paleozoic Gondwanan Ice Age: stratigraphic evidence from eastern Australia, Journal of the Geologocial Society of London, v. 165, p.129-140.

Birgenheier, L.P., 2007, A sedimentologic, stratigraphic, and geochemical study of the late Paleozoic ice age, eastern Australia, Ph.D. thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 263p.

Montanez, I.P., Tabor, N.J., Niemeier, D., DiMichele, W.A., Frank, T.R., Fielding, C.R., Isbell, J.L., Birgenheier, L.P., Rygel, M.C., 2007, CO2-forced climate instability and linkages to tropical vegetation during late Paleozoic deglaciation, Science, v. 315, p. 87-91.

Myrow, P.M., Tice, L.*, Archuleta, B., Clark, B., Taylor, J.F., & Ripperdan, R.L, 2004, Flat-pebble conglomerate: its multiple origins and relationship to meter-scale depositional cycles. Sedimentology, v. 51, p. 973-996.