Laurel M. Bybell

After spending three years with Chevron Oil Company in New Orleans, LA, where she specialized in Pleistocene calcareous nannofossils from the Gulf of Mexico, Laurel joined the USGS in 1974. During her years with the USGS, Laurel has examined thousands of Cenozoic calcareous nannofossil samples from around the world, and her primary emphasis has been biostratigraphic applications in the Gulf and Atlantic Coastal Plains of the United States.

Laurel has conducted numerous cooperative studies with many geologists in Geologic and Water Resources Divisions of the USGS, State Geological Surveys, and universities both within the United States and in other nations in the fields of stratigraphy, subsurface geology, surface geologic mapping, geochronology, ground water geology, geophysics, regional and plate tectonics, and seismic stratigraphy. These studies were conducted in MA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX, MO, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Atlantic, Enewetak, Pakistan, India, and Europe. She developed a highly successful interactive research technique, which she uses with her co-workers, that results in extremely accurate and detailed interpretations of the Cenozoic regional geology of an area. This work is documented in more than 100 scientific papers and abstracts.

Current Projects

Previous Projects

1990-1995. Early Cenozoic Biostratigraphy and Basin Analysis, Atlantic and Eastern Gulf Coastal Plains. Project Chief: Thomas G. Gibson.
1992-1995. Savannah River Project. Project Chief: Lucy E. Edwards.
1990-1991. Climate history of the Canada Basin of the Arctic Ocean. Project Chief: Richard Z. Poore.
1990-1992. Pliocene Paleoceanography and Oceanic Paleoclimatology. Project Chief: Harry J. Dowsett.
1989-1993. Paleocene-Eocene Biostratigraphy of Pakistan and Paleontological Development of the Geological Survey of Pakistan. Project Chief: Bruce R. Wardlaw.
1985-1990. New Jersey COGEOMAP. Project Chiefs: James P. Owens and Norman Sohl.
1984-1990. Paleocene-Eocene Boundary Project. Project Chief: Thomas G. Gibson.
1984-1986. Paleontology and Stratigraphy Enewetak Project. Project Chief: Richard Z. Poore.
1982-1984. Paleocene and Lower Eocene Biostratigraphy of the Central Gulf Coastal Plain. Project Chiefs: Laurel M. Bybell and Thomas G. Gibson.

Significant Products


Work in Progress

Bybell, L.M., in press
Neogene calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of the Caribbean coast of Panama and Costa Rica: Bulletins of American Paleontology.
Bybell, L.M., in preparation
Cenozoic calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of the Millhaven core, Screven County, Georgia: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, in press.
Bybell, L.M., Edwards, L.E., Frederiksen, N.F., Gohn, G.S., and Self-Trail, J.M., in preparation
Paleontology and physical stratigraphy of the USGS-Cannon Park core (CHN-800), Charleston County, South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report.
Bybell, L.M., and Self-Trail, J.M., in press
Calcareous nannofossils from Paleogene deposits in the Salt Range, Pakistan: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 56 p.
Gibson, T.G., and Bybell, L.M., in preparation
Climatic and stratigraphic implications of clay mineral changes in Paleocene/Eocene boundary deposits of the northeastern U.S.
Gohn, G.S., Reinhardt, J., Bybell, L.M., Rubin, Meyer, and Garrison, J.A. Jr., in press
Physical stratigraphy, calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy, and depositional history of the Quaternary sediments in the USGS-Belle Fontaine No. 1 corehole, Jackson County, Mississippi: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin.
Weems, R.E., and Bybell, L.M., in press
Part 1 -- Geology of the Kingstree and St.Stephen areas, in A.E. Sanders, ed., Vertebrate fossils from the Paleocene of South Carolina: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society.

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