ACADEMICS

Laura Reynolds

Laura Reynolds

Assistant Professor of Earth Science

I am a sedimentary geologist interested in understanding how sedimentary environments have evolved over time. I study how salt marsh, wetland, and lake sediments record the interplay of water level changes, tectonic events, flooding, and human influences. I have worked in both modern and ancient systems, in field sites in California, Texas, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Here at Worcester State, undergraduate students in my lab group are studying: the fire history recorded in estuarine sediments; sediment transport in the Tatnuck watershed; and microplastics in Patch Reservoir, among other projects.

Education

2020
Rutgers University
Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
Postdoctoral Fellow
2018
University of California Santa Barbara
Geological Science
Ph.D.
2011
Dartmouth College
Environmental Earth Science
BA

Publications

  • Papers
Papers
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Papers
Late Quaternary relative sea level in Southern California and Monterey Bay. Read More
Papers
Tectonic subsidence of California estuaries increases forecasts of relative sea-level rise Read More
Papers
Coastal flooding and the 1861-2 California storm season Read More
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Deltaic response to climate change: The Holocene history of the Nueces Delta Read More
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Marine radiocarbon reservoir values in southern California estuaries: interspecies, latitudinal, and interannual variability. Read More

Courses

GS140

Physical Geology


Introduction to geological science: plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, local field geology
4 credits
GS225

Oceanography


The principles of physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography.
3 credits
GS270

The Sedimentary Record


Modern sedimentary processes, depositional environments, the sedimentary record of earth history, principals of stratigraphy.
4 credits