Ashley, Gail M.
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1977
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Geological Science, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Sedimentology, Glacial Geology, Geomorphology, Paleoenvironment History of the Lake Borgoria-Lake Braingo Region of Kenya.
Sedimentology, Geomorphology, The Quaternary Period, Sedimentary Geology, and Depositional Environments.
Memberships and Professional Service
President, American Geological Institute, 2006-2007; President, GSA (Geological Society of America, 1999; Editor-in Chief , Journal of Sedimentary Research 1996-2000; President of SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), 1991-1992; Environmental and Engineering Co-ordination Council, Rutgers University, l995; Member: Geological Society of America; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); International Glaciological Society; The Society of the Sigma Xi; International Association of Sedimentologists; International Quaternary Association; American Quaternary Association; Association of Woman Geoscientists; American Geophysical Union; Co-Chair, GeoVision Working Group – NSF Geosciences Division.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Honorary Membership SEPM, 2005; Co-Principal Investigator, NSF-EAR Workshop support, “Paleoclimates and human evolution: Integrating continental drilling research and paleoanthropology and other geological records,” 2005; Association of Women Geoscientists, Outstanding Educator Award, 2002; SEPM Society of Sedimentary Geology Distinguished Service Award, 2001, New Jersey Women of Achievement, 1999.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research is focused on the Quaternary epoch, a time of rapid climate change. I study modern physical processes and deposits of glacial, fluvial, lacustrine, arid landscapes, coastal and marine environments and use this information to interpret paleoenvironments.
I have three ongoing projects: (1) reconstruction of paleoenvironments and paleoclimate history in the East African rift valley (Tanzania and Kenya); (2) interpretation of modern, Holocene and Pleistocene rift valley freshwater wetlands; (3) sea-level history of the New Jersey continental margin during the late Quaternary using high-resolution seismics and sedimentology.