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Dr. Richard Hiscott


Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

Office: ER 6015
Phone: 709-864-8394 (no voice mail)
Fax: 709-864-2589
E-mail: (best form of contact)

Research Interests (NOTE: not accepting new graduate students before 2016)

  • Depositional mechanisms of subaqueous sediment gravity flows (turbidity currents, debris flows) as deduced from sedimentary structures, grain fabric, texture, deposit geometry (

  • Submarine fan and slope deposition.

  • Sedimentary evolution of modern and ancient basin margins (facies, stratigraphy, sandstone petrography).

  • Recent projects include:
  1. Shelf, deltaic and slope sedimentation in the Marmara Sea and southwestern Black Sea, Turkey, and implications for the early Holocene reconnection of the Black Sea to the world ocean (doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2006.11.007);
  2. Sediment fluxes from the Anatolian Plateau as a Canadian component of the TopoEurope investigation of orogenic plateaux genesis (;
  3. Flow dynamics of the saline density current entering the Black Sea through the Bosphorus Strait, and similarities to deep-marine turbidity-current dynamics (doi: 10.1111/sed.12071).