Welcome to Marjorie A. Chan's Research Group

Welcome to the STAR: Sedimentary & Terrestrial Analog Research group in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah.

Rock Comparisons of Earth and Mars
Figure above: Comparisons of Jurassic Navajo Sandstone (left) as terrestrial analogs to Mars (right, photo credits- NASA/JPL). A&B: Spheroidal iron oxide concretions and hematite “blueberries”. C&D: Cross bedding. E&F: Polygonal weathering cracks.

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Chan’s STAR (Sedimentary & Terrestrial Analog Research) group works on a large range of sedimentary geology projects covering sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis. Analog models developed from the interdisciplinary sedimentary research is applicable to subsurface oil and gas exploration or to terrestrial comparisons on Mars. Utilizing many spectacular geologic exposures, our projects have applied aspects relating to facies models, architectural elements, depositional environments, climate change, rock characterization and subsurface fluid flow.

Research projects have ranged from the Precambrian to the Pleistocene, and enviroments from the non-marine to marine. A number of recent studies are focused on characterization of porous and colorful sandstone units that reflect the cycling history of iron.

Marjorie Chan was the 2014 Geological Society of America (GSA) Distinguished International Lecturer. During the year, she gave 53 lectures in India, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, and Korea.
GSA Today Summary of the lectures is here.

Dr. Chan in the field Dr. Chan in the field next to Petroglyphs


Dr. Marjorie Chan
Prof. Marjorie A. Chan | Frederick Albert Sutton Bldg | Rm 311 | 115 S. 1460 E. | Salt Lake City, UT | 84112
Office: (801) 581-6551 | Email: marjorie.chanEmail symbolutah.edu