Earthwork Degradation

Using mathematical models of land-surface evolution coupled with high resolution terrestrial laser scanner data and aerial imagery, we study how human-made landforms change over time. Our interest is not only in the nature of understanding the complexity of what can been seen on the land-surface today, but is uniquely tied to developing a better understanding of original forms and the energetics and the formation processes of the archaeological record as these forms degrade via natural and human induced process. Currently, we study earthworks in the mid-continent and earthen forts constructed to protect our national in the war of 1812.

Contract Archaeology in Delaware

Collaborative research with Dr. Darrin Lowery enables me to work on contract archaeology projects in the state of Delaware. These opportunities allow us to train and employ students in a wide variety of roles ranging from field work, laboratory, and GIS. Our goal in this program is not only in the service to the students and broader support of preservation, but also serves as an opportunity foR continued exploration of thE surface geology in the Delmarva region.

Featured Faculty

Michael O'Neal

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Professor Geological Sciences


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail:

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