University of California, Riverside

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Martin J. Kennedy

Martin J. Kennedy


Department of Earth Sciences
Geology 464
(951) 827-2025

Research Areas

  • Sedimentary geology and geochemistry

My research and teaching interests lie in paleooceanographic and paleoclimate events recorded in the stratigraphic record, particularly focused on controls of the ancient carbon cycle and biogeochemical feedbacks within the biosphere. I utilize an integrated field-stratigraphic and isotope-geochemical approach and maintain a well-equipped sedimentary geochemical lab capable of preparing samples for a broad range of analyses including stable and radiogenic isotope analysis and quantitative analysis of clay minerals with our X-ray diffraction facility. My current research is focused on oceanographic events surrounding Neoproterozoic glaciation and biotic events and the oceangraphic controls on organic carbon burial and deposition of black shales. I am interested in changes in geochemical cycles through planetary evolution and its potential influence on life. In addition I maintain and active interest in modern and quaternary biogeochemical systems as well as tertiary sedimentary environments in California.

All of my projects are strongly field oriented, but supplemented with a wide variety of geochemical techniques. The integration of different types of data with concepts incorporated from both modern and ancient environments is most interesting to me.

Recent Projects:
Integrated sedimentological, stratigraphic and geochemical studies of late Precambrian glacial successions in Namibia and Australia. Geochemical, mineralogical, and sedimentological studies of organic rich rocks to determine the paleoceanographic controls and the biogeochemistry of organic matter deposition and preservation. Isotopic studies of modern soils, plants and water in Patagonia and Hawaii.


Ph.D., University of Adelaide, Australia, 1994



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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Earth Sciences
Geology Building

Tel: (951) 827-3434
Fax: (951) 827-4324