sedimentary systems lab
The College of Arts + Sciences
sedimentary systems lab

job announcement

NEW! Post-Doctoral Research Position

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University invites applicants for a post‐doctoral research position in the lab of Professor Douglas Edmonds. The successful candidate will be involved in a large, multidisciplinary National Science Foundation Coastal Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability project on the sustainability of deltaic coastlines, with particular reference to the Mississippi River Delta.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a basin‐scale morphodynamic model using Delft3D based on the Mississippi Delta. The goal is to understand how deltaic land building evolves under different conditions of sediment supply by rivers, subsidence, vegetation growth, and ocean conditions.

For best consideration, apply by January 1, 2019.

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what we study

We study how sediment movement, fluid flow, and bed topography interact to create depositional environments, such as rivers, deltas, and coastlines. We are fundamentally interested in the physical interaction of these processes and how they create the depositional environment. We focus on depositional environments because they are hotspots of human habitation and recorders of earth history. Predicting their evolution into the future is essential as climate is changing, and understanding how their deposits accumulate is necessary for reading the stratigraphic record.

our approach



We use and develop numerical models to understand how processes work in a simplified context. From this we can extract hypotheses that are tested with field data.


application to modern systems

We test hypotheses generated from theory on modern systems using remote sensing, GIS, and field data collection methods to better understand how depositional environments work.


reading the stratigraphic record

The stratigraphic record gives us a fuzzy but characteristic view of depositional environments. We use our understanding of depositional environments derived from theory and modern systems to extract useful quantitative data from ancient systems.

current research


National Science Foundation Directorates for Geoscience & Engineering, Earth Sciences Division, Coastal Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (NSF 1426997). Collaborative Research.

Changes in actual and perceived coastal flood risks due to river management strategies.



National Science Foundation Frontiers in Earth Systems Dynamics Program
(NSF 1135427)

A dynamic delta collaboratory.



American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund

A theoretical and field-based study on the formation and shape of fluvial levees.


Edmonds is actively looking for graduate students to join his lab.
Please see the "research projects" and "grants" links for possible thesis projects.


Dr. Doug Edmonds
Indiana University
Department of Earth and
Atmospheric Sciences
Room G425
1001 E. 10th St.
Bloomington IN 47405