Basin Analysis and Tectonics
Interests: My research interests can be broadly classified as basin analysis, a method for deciphering the spatial and temporal formation and evolution of sedimentary basins. I would brand my expertise as sedimentology/stratigraphy, however, basin analysis requires familiarity with and integration of a wide variety of earth science fields, including sedimentology, stratigraphy, tectonics, geophysics, geomorphology, geochemistry, structural geology, and numerical modeling. In my research, I combine field-based geologic studies with computer-aided numerical modeling to evaluate the geodynamics of sedimentary basin development along convergent margins.
Publications: Ridgway, K.D., Trop, J.T., and Finzel, E.S., 2012, Modification of continental forearc basins by spreading ridge subduction and flat-slab subduction processes: A case study from southern Alaska in Busby, C. and Azor, A. (eds.), Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins: Recent Advances: Wiley-Blackwell.
Finzel, E.S., Flesch, L.M., and Ridgway, K.D., 2011, Kinematics of a diffuse North America- Pacific-Bering plate boundary in Alaska and western Canada: Geology, v. 39, p. 835-838.
Finzel, E.S., Trop, J.T., Ridgway, K.D., and Enkelmann, E., 2011, Upper plate proxies for flatslab subduction processes in southern Alaska: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 303, p. 348-360.
Finzel, E.S., Ridgway, K.D., Reifenstuhl, R.R., Blodgett, R.B., White, J.M., Decker, P.D., 2009, Stratigraphic framework and estuarine depositional environments of the Miocene Bear Lake Formation, Bristol Bay basin, Alaska: Reservoir strata in a frontier gas-rich basin: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 93, p. 379-405.