Ph.D. (Geology), 2002, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Nonmarine sequence stratigraphy & Sr isotope geochemistry of the Laney Member, Green River Formation, WY

M.S. (Geology), 1998, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Tectonic Controls on Lake Type Evolution, Ridge Basin, southern California

B.A. (Geology), 1996, SUNY College at Geneseo, Honors Thesis, Biostratigraphy across the Frasnian/Famennian boundary (Upper Devonian), Upper Olentangy Shale, Delaware, Ohio

Meredith Rhodes Carson

2008 - present: Geofuels, LLC, Madison, WI - Geologic Consultant

  • Regional subsurface correlation & depositional environment interpretation
  • Characterize oil shale facies and variability (vertical & lateral)

2002 - 2008: BP America, Houston, TX - Geologist

  • Deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration, Paleogene & Miocene stratigraphy & well ops
  • Nonmarine Cretaceous strata, interpretation, characterization,  & well operations
  • Geophysical characterization of slope to basin reservoirs, offshore Angola
  • Taught nonmarine stratigraphy module of a company-wide geoscience training course
  • Field course development, field safety, and field course leadership for sedimentologists, stratigraphers, reservoir engineers, and management
  • Helped to establish and lead a campus-wide Sustainability Team

Selected Publications (full CV)

Rhodes, Meredith K., Malone, D.H., Carroll, A.R., and Smith, M.E., 2007, Sudden Desiccation of Lake Gosiute at ~ 49 Ma: A Downstream Record of Heart Mountain Faulting?, The Mountain Geologist, vol. 44., p. 1‐10.

Rhodes, Meredith K., Carroll, Alan R., Pietras, Jeffrey T., Beard, Brian L., and Johnson, Clark M., 2002, Strontium isotope record of continental weathering within a complex orogenic zone: Eocene Green River Formation, Wyoming, Geology, vol. 30, p. 167‐170.




Ph.D. (Geology), 1991, Stanford University, Stanford CA, Late Paleozoic Tectonics, Sedimentation, and Petroleum Potential of the Junggar and Tarim Basins, Northwest China

M.Sc. (Geology), 1983, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, Lawrence Lake, Michigan: Holocene Carbonate Deposition in a Temperate Region Lacustrine System

B.A. (Geology), 1980, Carleton College, Northfield MN

Alan R Caroll

2008 - present: Geofuels, LLC, Madison, WI - Geologic Consultant

1996 - present:  Professor, Dept. of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • Research on sedimentary basins, lacustrine stratigraphy, mixed carbonate/clastic systems, records of continental weathering, tectonics, petroleum source-rock geochemistry, sedimentary provenance
  • Courses taught:  sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, field geology, basin tectonics, energy resources
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory geology, field geology, sedimentary geology, and sedimentary basins
  • Advised 14 graduate students currently employed in the petroleum industry

1991 - 1995:  Exxon Production Research Co., Houston, TX, Research Specialist, Petroleum Geochemistry Section

  • Research on nonmarine petroleum source rocks
  • Co-wrote the “Petroleum Geochemistry Toolkit” and the “Lakes Toolkit”, in-house reference guides for exploration and production geologists
  • Regional evaluation of the sedimentary basins in western China

1983 - 1986:  Sohio, Dallas, TX., Exploration and Production Geologist

  • Prospect generation for low-permeability gas reservoirs in the deep Anadarko basin, OK, drilled 6 deep gas wells in Pennsylvanian 'chert wash' reservoirs. Responsible for pre-drill, wellsite, and completion evaluations of these wells

Selected Publications (see full list)

Carroll, A.R., Graham, S.A., and Smith, M.E., 2010, Walled Sedimentary Basins of China:  Basin Research (in press).

Carroll, A. R., and Bohacs, K. M., 2001, Lake Type Control on Hydrocarbon Source Potential in Nonmarine Basins: American Association of Petroleum Geologist Bulletin: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 85, p. 1033-1053.

Carroll, A. R., and Bohacs, K. M., 1999, Stratigraphic classification of ancient lakes: Balancing tectonic and climatic controls: Geology, v. 27, p. 99-102.

Carroll, A. R., Stephens, N. P., Hendrix, M. S., and Glenn, C. R., 1998, Eolian-derived siltstone in the Upper Permian Phosphoria Formation: Implications for marine upwelling:  Geology, v. 26, p. 1023-1026.

Carroll, A. R., Brassell, S.C., and Graham, S.A., 1992, Upper Permian lacustrine oil shales of the southern Junggar basin, northwest China: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 76, p. 1874-1902.

Smith, M. E., Carroll, A. R., and Singer, B. S., 2008, Synoptic reconstruction of a major ancient lake system: Eocene Green River Formation, Western United States: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120, p.54-84.