Dr. Ryan Sincavage


Dr. Ryan Sincavage
Assistant Professor
Reed Hall 203
Box 6939
Tel: (540) 831-5257
Fax: (540) 831-5732



B.S. - 1996 Pennsylvania State University
M.S. - 2003 University of Colorado, Boulder
Ph.D. - 2017 Vanderbilt University



GEOL 100. Earth Resources and Natural Hazards

GEOL 320. Sedimentary Petrology and Stratigraphy



Dr. Ryan Sincavage’s research is focused on interpretation of the sedimentary record to infer past earth surface environments. With many years of experience in industry and academia he has had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of sedimentary basins around the globe. 

Some broad research themes include:

1.) Statistical analysis of vertical trends in sedimentary deposits. To what extent can we quantify and predict vertical variability of facies in sedimentary basins?

2.) Mass extraction and downstream fining in delta systems. How are different grain sizes partitions in fluvial systems in a proximal to distal transect, and how does this extraction of sediment mass influence stratigraphic architecture and surface morphology?

3.) The interplay of tectonics, climate, and fluvial system dynamics. What are the controlling factors on river path selection in tectonically active settings?

Current research areas:

1.) The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta (GBMD), Bangladesh

2.) The Indo-Burman Ranges (IBR) and fold and thrust belt, Mizoram, Manipur, and Tripura, India

3.) Soler valley, Cachet basin, and the Nef and Colonia glaciers, the Aysen region of northern Patagonia, Chile

Previous research and industry experience:

1.) Seismic stratigraphy of deep water Gulf of Mexico 

2.) Shallow geophysical exploration for unexploded ordnance (UXO)

3.) 3-D multi-channel marine and onshore seismic surveying

4.) Groundwater and soil sampling and monitoring