UAA Geological Sciences Assistant Professor, Dr. Jennifer Aschoff

Jennifer Aschoff

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
Office: CPISB 301N
Phone: 786-1442


2008  Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Geology
2003  M.S., New Mexico University, Geological Sciences
2000  B.S., Montana State University, Earth Sciences

Teaching Responsibilities

Stratigraphy, Sed Pet, Professional Practices, Dynamic Stratigraphy and Depositional Environments, Petroleum Geology

Research Interests

The formation, fill and economic resource potential of ancient sedimentary basins is the primary focus of my academic research. To understand the linkages between tectonics, sedimentary process and basin dynamics, I use an integrated approach using a range of datasets. Typically, I use a mixture of outcrop, seismic, well-log and core in my research. The methods I use include detailed sedimentology, regional-scale outcrop-to-subsurface sequence stratigraphy, geologic mapping, provenance analysis, and paleocurrent analysis. Geographically, my research is centered in the Rocky Mountain Region. Because much of my work is mega-regional (hundreds to thousands of kilometers), I'm currently investigating stratigraphic problems in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, northern Arizona and eastern California. Stratigraphically, I'm interested in the Mesozoic with considerable past and current research in the Cretaceous, and recent interests developing in the Permo-Triassic. 

Core research themes that I am currently pursuing:

1. Understanding basin dynamics and their fill- especially the role of dynamic subsidence,
2. Applied stratigraphy and sedimentology as it pertains to the oil and gas industry,
3. Unconventional resources such as shale, tight-gas and tight-oil.

Current and Recent Research Grants 

2015 NSF-Collaborative Research Grant Co-PI (in review- $343,000) 
2015 NSF-Collaborative Research Grant Co-PI (in review- $245,894) 
2014 Petroleum Research Fund of the ACS Research Grant (in review- $70,000) 
2014 Schlumberger In-kind Software Donation-UAA (in review- $660,000) 
2014 IHS In-kind Software Donation-UAA ($144,450) 
2014 Advanced Logic Technology In-kind Software Donation-UAA ($90,000) 
2011 Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) Research Grant ($1.1 Million) 
2010 Uinta Basin Joint Industry Consortium Continuation Research Grant ($51,147) 
2009 Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) Research Grant ($111,216) 
2009 Uinta Basin Joint Industry Consortium Research Grant ($32,992) 
2009 US Geological Survey EdMap Research Grant ($14,250) 2008 Utah Geological Survey Research Grant ($26,519) 
2008 Jackson School of Geosciences Best Presentation Award for PhD research 
2007 ConocoPhillips Leveraged Research Grant for PhD Research ($20,000)