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Neil Wells


My research interests are in sedimentology and geomorphology, especially modern & ancient fluvial and lacustrine continental deposits, and taphonomy of vertebrate fossils within them. I have particular interests in 

  • Eocene lake deposits in Utah
  • Development of the landscape and biota of Madagascar and human influence on the same
  • Interpretation of mid-late Paleozoic strata in NE Ohio
  • Computer programming to improve visualization and analysis of complex data sets (e.g., data regarding orientations, Munsell soil colors, and grain-size distributions).
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Klompmaker, Adiel, Ortiz, Joseph D., and Wells, Neil A., How to explain a decapod crustacean diversity hotspot in a mid-Cretaceous coral reef, Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology (in press).

Admassu, Yonathan, Shakoor, Abdul, Wells, Neil A., 2012, Engineering Geology, January 04, 2012, Vol. 124, pp. 1-11.

Saha, Kakoli, Wells, Neil A., Munro-Stasiuk, Mandy, 2011, An object-oriented approach to automated landform mapping; a case study of drumlins,  Computers & Geosciences, v. 37, p. 1324-1336.

Wells, Neil A., Konowal, Marylynn, Sundback, Scott A., Quantitative evaluation of color measurements; II, Analysis of Munsell color values from the Colton and Green River formations (Eocene, central Utah), 2002, Sedimentary Geology, July 15, 2002, Vol. 151, Issue 1-2, pp. 17-44.

Wells, Neil A., Are there better alternatives to standard rose diagrams?, 2000, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Vol. 70, Issue 1, pp. 37-46.

Krause, D.W., Hartman, J.H., Wells, Neil A., 1997, Late Cretaceous vertebrates from Madagascar: implications for biotic change in deep time, In, Natural Change and Human Impact in Madagascar, pp. 3-43, S.M. Goodman and B.D. Patterson, eds. Smithsonian Press, Washington. 432 p.

Wells, Neil A.,  Andriamihaja, B., 1993, The initiation and growth of gullies in Madagascar: are humans to blame?, In: Geomorphology, September 01, 1993, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp.1-46.

Wells, Neil A., Coogan, A.H., Majoras, J. J., 1991, Field guide to Berea Sandstone outcrops along the Black River in Elyria, Ohio: slumps, slides, mud diapirs, and associated fracturing in Mississippian delta deposits. Field trip for Geological Society of America meeting in Toledo, April, 1991, Ohio Journal of Science, 91(1):35-48.

Wells, Neil A., Andriamihaja, B., Rakotovololona, H.F.S., Stonelines and landscape development on Madagascar's laterized craton, 1990, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 102(5):615-627.

Wells, Neil A., Dorr, John A., Jr., 1987, Shifting of the Kosi River, northern India, Geology [Boulder], March, 1987, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 204-207.

Wells, Neil A., Gingerich, P.D., 1983, Review of Eocene Anthracobunidae (Mammalia, Proboscidea) with a new genus and species, Jozaria palustris, from the Kuldana Formation of Kohat (Pakistan). Contributions of the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, 26(7):117-139.

Wells, Neil A., 1983, Carbonate deposition, physical limnology and environmentally controlled chert formation in Paleocene-Eocene Lake Flagstaff, central Utah, Sedimentary Geology, 1983, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 263-296.

Gingerich, Philip D., Wells, Neil A., Russell, Donald E. Shah, S. M. Ibrahim, 1983, Origin of whales in epicontinental remnant seas; new evidence from the early Eocene of Pakistan, Science, April 22, 1983, Vol. 220, Issue 4595, pp. 403-406.

Research Areas
  • Sedimentology
  • Geomorphology
  • Vertebrate Taphonomy

Geological Society of America
Society of Exploration Paleontologists and Mineralogists
International Association of Sedimentologists
Sigma Xi
Northern Ohio Geological Society
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Neil Wells
Department of Geology
131-A Mcgilvrey Hall

Spring 2014 office hours:
McGilvrey Hall 131A
Monday and Wednesday 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Friday 3:00 - 4:30 pm
or by appointment

Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 330-672-2951
Fax: 330-672-7949