Dr. Samuel J. Bentley serves as the Vice President and is the Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology.
He is a marine sedimentologist in department of Geology in the College of Science. Dr. Bentley’s work involves field, laboratory, and modeling studies of sediments and stratigraphy on continental margins of ocean basins, including the Mississippi Delta. His specific interests include applications of sediment radiochemistry to studies of sediment flux and accumulation along margins, among other things.
Dr. Bentley's students are working on projects from the tropics to the Arctic, much of his interest here in Louisiana is focused on Mississippi Delta conservation and restoration. Dr. Bentley’s work as director of LSU’s Coastal Studies Institute is one example. Also, I have participated in a large study of delta restoration strategies, supported by the National Audubon Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation
B.S., Magna Cum Laude, University of Georgia, 1985
M.S., Geology, University of Georgia, 1992
PhD: Coastal Geological Oceanography, SUNY Stony Brook, 1998
PostDocFellow: Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, 1998-1999