Samuel BentleySamuel Bentley 

Professor

Vice President, Office of Research and Economic Development

Professor and Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology

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

Master's Degree: University of Georgia, MS in Geology- 1992

PhD: SUNY Stony Brook, PhD Coastal Geological Oceanography- 1998

Phone: (225) 578-5735

Fax: (225) 578-2302

E-mail: sjb@lsu.edu

Office: E307 Howe-Russell Building

Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar Page: http://ow.ly/lT2G309Wpx0

Selected Professional Activities:

2019-Present: LSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development

2017-2019: Associate Dean of Research, LSU College of Science

2013-2017: Director, LSU Coastal Studies Institute 

2010-2013: member, Special Engineering and Science Team, organized by the National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, and Environmental Defense Fund, for evaluating conservation and restoration of the Mississippi Delta

2010-2012: Research Councilor (elected), Executive Committee, Society for Sedimentary Geology

2009-2012: Associate Editor for sedimentology and stratigraphy, Canadian Journal of Earth Science

2009 Chief Scientist, Leg 4B of CCGS Amundsen 2009 Arctic Expedition, Leg 4b, Canada ArcticNet

Research Interests:

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

Selected Publications

Haddadian, S, *CE Ozdemir, BL Goodlow, G Xue, SJ Bentley, 2021, Direct Numerical Simulations of Miniature Along‐Shelf Current‐Supported Turbidity Currents: Conceptual Investigation of Velocity Structure and Drag Coefficient. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126: 8, e2020JC016736

*DeLong, K. L., Gonzalez, S., Obelcz, J. B., Truong, J. T., Bentley, S. J. Sr, Xu, K., Reese, C. A., Harley, G. L., Caporaso, A., Shen, Z. & Middleton, B. A., 2021: Late Pleistocene baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) forest deposit on the continental shelf of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Boreas. https://doi.org/10.1111/bor.12524. ISSN 0300-9483.

Maloney, Jillian, Samuel J. Bentley, Kehui Xu, Ioannis Y. Georgiou, Navid H. Jafari, Michael D. Miner, 2020, Mass wasting on the Mississippi River Subaqueous Delta. Earth Science Reviews, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.103001

Bomer, E.J., Bentley, S.J., Crawford, F., Hughes, J.E.T., et al., 2019, Sediment Dynamics and Stratigraphic Evolution of Middle Barataria Bay and Middle Breton Sound, Louisiana, USA: Implications for the Implementation of River-Sediment Diversions. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2019.03.0.

Denommee, K.D*., Harazim, D., and Bentley, S.J., 2019, Mud deposition and diagenesis within an Early Paleozoic clinothem: Power Steps Formation, Newfoundland, Canada. Geological Magazine, . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0016756819000402

Restreppo, G.*, Bentley, S.J., Xu, K., and Wang, J., 2018, Riverine Sediment Contribution to Distal Wetlands: Fourleague Bay, LA. Estuaries and Coasts, doi.org/10.1007/s12237-018-0453-0.

Obelcz, J*., Xu, K., Bentley, S.J., O'Connor, M. and Miner, M.D., 2018. Mud-capped dredge pits: An experiment of opportunity for characterizing cohesive sediment transport and slope stability in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.04.039

Maloney, J.M*., S.J. Bentley, K. Xu, J. Obelcz, I.Y. Georgiou, M. Miner, 2018, Mississippi River subaqueous delta is entering a stage of retrogradation. Invited research article, Marine Geology https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2018.03.001.

Twilley, R. R.*, Bentley, S.J., Chen, Q.J., Edmonds, D.A., Hagen, S.C., Lam, N.S.L., et al., 2016, Co-evolution of wetland landscapes, flooding, and human settlement in the Mississippi River Delta Plain. Sustainability Science DOI: 10.1007/s11625-016-0374-4.

Septama, E*., and Bentley, SJ., 2016, Late Quaternary geomorphology, seabed evolution, and terrigenous sediment delivery to the Pandora and Moreseby Troughs, Gulf of Papua. Marine Geology doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2016.06.004.

Bentley, SJ*, Blum, MD, Maloney, J, Pond, LG, and Paulsell, RL, 2016, The Mississippi River Source to Sink System: Perspectives on Tectonic, Climatic, and Anthropogenic Influences, Miocene to Anthropocene. Earth Science Reviews doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.11.001.

Appointments:

2011-Present, Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology and Professor, Louisiana State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics

2011-Present, Adjunct Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2006-2011, Canada Research Chair in Seabed Processes and Seabed Imaging, and Associate Professor, Earth Sciences Dept., Memorial University of Newfoundland

2004-2006, Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS), Louisiana State University.

2006-Present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, LSU

1999-2004, Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, LSU

1998-1999 Naval Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow, Stennis Space Center, MS, Seafloor Sciences