Professor Emeritus (Ph.D. Kansas, 1969)--geomorphology and Quaternary stratigraphy of mountain and lacustrine desert environments in the western U.S.


Research Interests:

  • Geomorphology of lakes, paleolakes, lake basins, and coasts
  • Neotectonics (limneotectonics) and geochronology of Quaternary lakes
  • Basin architecture and geodynamics of Quaternary lakes
  • Geoarchaeology and paleoenvironments
  • Desert, mountain, and Arctic environmental change

    Courses Taught:

    • GEOGR 1200 - Earth's Environments and Global Change
    • GEOGR 4999 - Honor's Thesis/Project
    • GEOGR 5280/6280 - Quaternary Stratigraphy
    • GEOGR 5290/6290 - Quaternary Geomorphology
    • GEOGR 5810/6810 - Field Seminar
    • GEOGR 686 [quarter system] - Death Valley/Lahontan Field Seminar



    • Bills, B.G., Currey, D.R., and Marshall, G.A., 1994. Viscosity estimates for the crust and upper mantle from patterns of lacustrine shoreline deformation in the eastern Great Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research 99: 22,059-22,086.
    • Bills, B.G., de Silva, S.L., Currey, D.R., Emenger, R.S., Lillquist, K.D., Donnellan, A., and Worden, B., 1994, Hydro-isostatic deflection and tectonic tilting in the central Andes: Initial results of a GPS survey of Lake Minchin shorelines. Geophysical Research Letters 21: 293-296.
    • Currey, D.R., 1994. Hemiarid lake basins: hydrographic patterns [and] Hemiarid lake basins: geomorphic patterns. Chapters 15 and 16 in A.D. Abrams and A.J. Parsons, editors, Geomorphology of Desert Environments. London: Chapman & Hall, p. 403-444.
    • Oviatt, C.G., Sack, D., and Currey, D.R., 1994. The Bonneville basin (Quaternary), western United States. In E. Gierlowski-Kordesch and K. Kelts, editors, Global Geological Record of Lake Basins, Volume 1. New York: Cambridge University Press, p. 371-375.
    • Oviatt, C.G., Currey, D.R., and Sack, D., 1992. Radiocarbon chronology of Lake Bonneville, eastern Great Basin, U.S.A. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology 99: 225-241.
    • Benson, L.V., Currey, D.R., Lao, Y., and Hostetler, S., 1992. Lake-size variations in the Lahontan and Bonneville basins between 13,000 and 9,000 C-14 yr B.P. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology 95: 19-32.
    • Benson, L.V., Currey, D.R., Dorn, R.I., Lajoie, K.R., Oviatt, C.G., Robinson, S.W., Smith, G.L., and Stine, S., 1990. Chronology of expansion and contraction of four Great Basin lake systems during the past 35,000 years. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology 78: 241-286.
    • Currey, D.R., 1990. Quaternary paleolakes in the evolution of semidesert basins, with special emphasis on Lake Bonneville and the Great Basin, U.S.A. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology 76: 189-214.
    • Oviatt, C.G., Currey, D.R., and Miller, D.M., 1990. Age and paleoclimatic significance of the Stansbury shoreline of Lake Bonneville, Utah. Quaternary Research 33: 291-305.
    • Merola, J.A., Currey, D.R., and Ridd, M.K., 1989. Thematic mapper laser profile resolution of Holocene lake limit, Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah. Remote Sensing of Environment 27: 229-240.