Neil Wells

Neil Wells

Earth Sciences
Office Location:
131A McGilvrey Hall
Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 2:30 pm; Friday 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
Contact Information


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).


Ph.D. University of Michigan 1984, M.S. Ohio State University 1977, B.A. Albion College 1975


Sedimentology, Geomorphology, Carbonates, Paleoenvironments, Data Visualization


  • N.A. Wells and A. Shakoor, 2019. Are three to ten tests enough to characterize a rock property?, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. XXV, No. 3 p 223-244
  • Schweitzer, C. E., R. M. Feldmann, H. Karasawa, N. A. Wells, et al. 2016. Morphology, systematics, and paleoecology of Tridactylastacus (Crustacea, Decapoda, Glypheidea, Litogastridae). Journal of Paleontology
  • N. Ranasinghe, J.D. Ortiz, A.L. Moore, B. McAdoo, N. Wells, and others, 2013. Mid–Late Holocene coastal environmental changes in southeastern Sri Lanka: New evidence for sea level variations in southern Bay of Bengal. Quaternary International
  • A. Hajdarwish, A. Shakoor, and N.A. Wells, 2013. Investigating statistical relationships among clay mineralogy ,index engineering properties, and shear strength parameters of mudrocks. Engineering Geology, 159: 45-58
  • A. A. Klompmaker, J.D. Ortiz, and N.A. Wells, 2013. How to explain a decapod crustacean diversity hotspot in a mid-Cretaceous coral reef. Paleogeography, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, p. 256-273
  • Y. Admassu, A. Shakoor, and N.A. Wells, 2011. Evaluating selected factors affecting the depth of undercutting in rocks subject to differential weathering. Environmental and Engineering Geoscience. Engineering Geology (September 2011), v. 124, pp. 1-11
  • K. Saha, N.A. Wells, and M. Munro-Stasiuk, 2011. An object-oriented approach to automated landfrom mapping,: a case study of drumlins. Computers and Geosciences, 37:1324-1336


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