Sam BentleySam Bentley

Position: Adjunct Professor, College of the Coast & Environment; Director, and Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics

Phone: (225) 578-5735

Fax: (225) 578-2302



Office: E307 Howe Russell E & W

Bachelor's Degree(s): University of Georgia, BA in Theater with minor in Geology- 1985

Master's Degrees(s): University of Georgia, MS in Geology- 1992

Ph.D.(s): SUNY Stony Brook, PhD Coastal Geological Oceanography- 1998

Research Interests

Coastal and marine sedimentology, sediment radiochemistry, fine sediment dynamics on continental shelves, bioturbation, predictive modeling of sedimentary fabric and structures.

Selected Publications

Bentley, S.J., and Kahlmeyer, E., 2012, Patterns and mechanisms of fluvial sediment flux and accumulation in two sub-arctic fjords: Nachvak and Saglek fjords, Nunatsiavut, Canada. In press, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

Bentley, S.J., and Nittrouer, C.A., 2012, Accumulation and intense bioturbation of carbonate muds along a platform margin: Dry Tortugas, Florida. Marine Geology v. 315-318 p. 44-57, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2012.05.002

Bentley, S.J., Freeman, Giosan, L., Willson, C.S., and Cable, J., 2012, The usefulness of diversions in delta restoration. In Day, J., et al., eds., Answering Ten Fundamental Questions About the Mississippi River Delta, p. 8-12, special report commissioned by the National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Wildlife Federation.

Huelse, P., and Bentley, 2012, A 210Pb sediment budget and granulometric record of sediment fluxes in a subarctic deltaic system: The Great Whale River, Canada. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, v. 109, p. 41-52,

Macquaker, J., Bentley, S.J., and Bohacs, K., 2010, Wave enhanced sediment-gravity flows and the dispersal of mud across continental shelves: a reappraisal of physical sedimentary processes operating in distal, “low energy” settings and their stratal record. Geology 38: 947-950.

*Muhammad, Z., Bentley, S.J., *Febo, L.A., Droxler A. W., Dickens, G.R., Peterson, L.C., and Opdyke, B.N.,  2008, Excess 210Pb inventories and fluxes along the continental slope and basins of the Gulf of Papua. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface VOL. 113, F01S17, doi:10.1029/2006JF000676, 2008.

Baustian, M.M, and Bentley, S.J., 2008, Innovative assessment tools for a short, fast-paced summer field course. Journal of College Science Teaching 37: 37-43.

 Bentley, S.J., Sheremet, A., and Jaeger, J.M., 2006, Preservation potential of event layers on continental shelves: a model and observations. Continental Shelf Research 26: 2108-2124.

Bentley, S.J., and Sheremet, A., 2003, A new model for the emplacement, bioturbation, and preservation of sedimentary strata. Geology v. 31, no. 8, p. 725-728