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Thomas Gerber

Tommy Gerber

Assistant Professor


  • B.S., University of Montana
  • Ph.D., Duke University

Courses Taught:

GEOS 101/102 Dynamic Earth
GEOS 202 Quantitative Methods in Geoscience
GEOS 324 Geology of Oil and Gas
GEOS 470 Research Methods

Professional Interests:

Sedimentary basin analysis and energy geoscience; landscape and seascape evolution; Earth-surface processes and strata formation

Current Projects:

  • Modeling seascape evolution on clastic continental shelves and slopes
  • An experimental study of incised-valley evolution during sea level cycles
  • Reconstructing paleo-geomorphic surfaces using 3D seismic images of the subsurface

Selected Publications:

Amblas, D., Gerber, T.P., De Mol, B., Urgeles, R., Garcia-Castellanos, D., Canals, M., Pratson, L.F., Robb, N., and Canning, J. 2012. Survival of a submarine canyon during long-term outbuilding of a continental margin. Geology, v. 40 (6), doi: 10.1130/G32963.1.

Amblas, D., Gerber, T.P., Canals, M., Pratson, L.F., Urgeles, R., Lastras, G., and Calafat, A.M. 2011. Transient erosion in the Valencia trough turbidite system, NW Mediterranean Basin. Geomorphology 130, 173-184, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.03.013

Gerber, T.P., Pratson, L.F., Kuehl, S.A., Walsh, J.P., Alexander, C., and Palmer, A.S. 2010. The influence of sea level rise and tectonics on Late Pleistocene through Holocene sediment storage along the high sediment-supply Waipaoa continental shelf. Marine Geology 270, 139-159, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2009.10.002.

Gerber, T.P., Amblas, D., Wolinsky M.A., Pratson, L., and Canals, M. 2009. A model for the long-profile shape of submarine canyons. Journal of Geophysical Research 114, F03002, doi:10.1029/2008JF001190.

Lomask, J., Francis, J.M., Rickett, J., Buursink, M.L., Gerber, T.P., Perlmutter, M., and Paola, C. 2009. New tools for seismic stratigraphic interpretation: Stratal convergence and instantaneous isochron attribute cubes derived from volumetric flattening of experimental strata. AAPG Bulletin 93 (4), 453-459.

Gerber, T.P., Pratson, L.F., Wolinsky, M.A., Steel, R.J., Mohr, J.A., Swenson, J.B., and Paola, C. 2008. Clinoform progradation by turbidity currents: Modeling and experiments. Journal of Sedimentary Research 78, 220-238.

Pratson, L.F., Hughes-Clarke, J., Anderson, M., Gerber, T.P., Twichell, D., Ferrari, R., Nittrouer, C.A., Beaudoin, J., Granet, J., and Crockett, J. 2008. Effects of subaqueous gravity flows on timing and patterns of basin infilling as documented in Lake Powell during a drought. Geology 36 (11), 843–846, doi: 10.1130/G24733A.1.

  • Geoscience Department
  • Walsh Hall, Room 111
    302 East Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2379
  • Fax: 724-357-6208
  • Office Hours
  • Mon. and Wed.: 8:00 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
  • Tue., Thu., Fri: 8;00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Closed 12:00–1:00 p.m. daily