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Derek Sawyer

Derek Sawyer

Derek Sawyer

Associate Professor


(614) 292-7243

Mendenhall Lab 309

Areas of Expertise

  • Geophysics
  • Offshore Site Investigation
  • Geohazards
  • Stratigraphy
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Energy


  • Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2010
  • M.S., Penn State University, 2006
  • B.S., Eckerd College, 2002

Derek Sawyer leads the Marine Geology and Geohazards Laboratory where he and his research group study sediment transport processes in underwater systems, natural hazards (underwater landslides, tsunami, earthquakes, and hurricanes), and stress and pore pressure in the subsurface using a variety of methods including field work (sonar mapping, subbottom profilers, coring, sampling, drone video/photography), multi-channel seismic data interpretation, sediment and physical properties characterization, and numerical modeling. Dr. Sawyer has experience in a variety of marine research cruises/expeditions, including small coastal vessels and large research vessels, including riser and riserless drillships and drilling rigs. Dr. Sawyer works closely with the International Ocean Discovery Program as a shipboard and shore-based scientist and a member of the Science Evaluation Panel. Dr. Sawyer teaches classes in Sedimentation+Stratigraphy, Reflection Seismology, Coastal Geology, Field Stratigraphy in the Guadalupe Mountains, Energy+the Environment.



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