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Kraus, Mary J

Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, and Professor


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research overview

  • I am a clastic sedimentary geologist whose research focuses on (1) reconstructing the processes by which ancient floodplains were constructed, (2) interpreting past climates using sedimentary proxies, and (3) the impact of past climate change on fluvial ecosystems, including the depositional system and the flora and fauna inhabiting that depositional setting. I use sedimentary proxies, particularly paleosols, to interpret precipitation changes during Eocene hyperthermals (periods of dramatic and rapid temperature rise) and how the climate changes affected the nature and rate of sediment deposition on Eocene floodplains. In collaboration with other geoscientists, I also work to understand how the changes in climate and paleoenvironment affected the nature of and rates of biotic change and the nature of fossil preservation.


  • paleoclimatology, clastic sedimentology, paleopedology, continental ichnology


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  • FYXP 1500 - First Year Success Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Designed to assist first-year students with their successful transition to the University of Colorado Boulder. Students will learn about campus resources, goal setting, study skills, and academic exploration. Participation in class discussions, self reflection, and engagement in course assignments are essential in this course. This course will provide a supportive environment for new students to engage with peers, staff, and faculty to support the first eight weeks of the transition to college.


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