In Memoriam: Jared R. Morrow
1959-2010 It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Jared R. Morrow
Jared Morrow and his students working on the Alamo Breccia, Utah
It is with deep sadness that the Department of Geological Sciences must report the passing of friend and colleague Jared R. Morrow. Morrow lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 7.
Morrow received his bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University, master’s degree from Washington State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
He came to SDSU in the fall 2006 from the University of Northern Colorado and taught core undergraduate courses in sedimentology and stratigraphy, along with graduate courses in basin analysis.
Successful research career
“Jared’s vigorous and successful research career involved many students and centered on the geological record of meteorite impacts,” said David Kimbrough, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences.
“Key aspects of the physical and biological evolution of Earth are ascribed to impact events and Jared was at the forefront of research in this area.”
Serving the professional community
Morrow also provided strong support to the professional community by serving as vice-chair and chair of the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature, an associate editor of the journal Palaios and board member for the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Grants-in-Aid of Research, among other things.
He was an honored and respected colleague and will be deeply missed. Morrow is survived by his wife Robin.
Ph.D., Geology, University of Colorado-Boulder, May, 1997. Advisors: E.G. Kauffman and D.L. Eicher.
Title: ‘Shelf-to-basin event stratigraphy, conodont paleoecology, and geologic history across the Frasnian-Famennian (F-F, mid-Late Devonian) boundary mass extinction, central Great Basin, western U.S.’
Fulbright Graduate Research Scholar, 1993-1994
M.S., Geology, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, December, 1989. Advisor: G.D. Webster
B.A., Geology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, August, 1983
Middle Paleozoic depositional history and event stratigraphy, central Great Basin and Western
Europe; geologic record of bolide impacts; patterns and processes of the mid-Late Devonian
(F-F) mass extinction.
Devonian to Early Carboniferous sequence and event stratigraphy, central Great Basin
and Western Europe
Geological record of bolide impact deposits, including the sedimentary geology, conodont
biostratigraphy, and depositional history of deep-water offshore and shallow-water
onshore deposits, early Late Devonian Alamo Impact Event, Nevada and Utah
Facies development, biotic turnover, and geochemistry of the F-F mass extinction
Morrow, J.R., 2006, Impacts and mass extinctions revisited: PALAIOS, v. 21, p. 313-315.
Morrow, J.R., Sandberg, C.A., and Harris, A.G., 2005, Late Devonian Alamo Impact, southern Nevada, USA: Evidence of size, marine site, and widespread effects: Geological Society of America Special Paper 384, p. 259-280.
Morrow, J.R., and Sandberg, C.A., 2003, Late Devonian sequence and event stratigraphy across the Frasnian-Famennian (F-F) boundary, Utah and Nevada, Chapter 10, in Harries, P.J., ed., High-Resolution Approaches in Stratigraphic Paleontology: Kluwar Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, p. 351-419.
Morrow, J.R., 2000, Shelf-to-basin lithofacies and conodont paleoecology across Frasnian-
Famennian (F-F, mid-Late Devonian) boundary, central Great Basin (western U.S.A.):
Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 219, Frankfurt a.M., 57 p.
Morrow, J.R., Sandberg, C.A., and Ziegler, W., 1999, Recognition of mid-Frasnian (early Late
Devonian) oceanic impacts: Alamo, Nevada, USA, and Amönau, Hessen, Germany, in
Gersonde, R., and Deutsch, A., eds., Oceanic Impacts: Mechanisms and Environmental
Perturbations: Berichte zur Polarforschung 343, Bremerhaven, Germany, p. 66-69.
Morrow, J.R., Sandberg, C.A., Warme, J.E., and Kuehner, H.-C., 1998, Regional and possible
global effects of sub-critical Late Devonian Alamo Impact Event, Southern Nevada, USA:
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, v. 51, p. 451-460.
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