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Gene   Rankey

University of Kansas (United States)

My research emphasizes field study of modern ramps and atolls, where both process (waves, tides, chemistry, etc.) and product (e.g., sediment, biota, geomorphology) can be observed, and their relations rigorously evaluated and numerically modelled. Recent studies have documented global patterns in distribution and character of reef and reef sand aprons, sedimentology and geomorphology of ooid shoals, and the role of physical and chemical oceanography on biota and geomorphology of a carbonate ramp system.

The focus has evolved naturally to evaluating the impact of global change on Earth-surface processes in shallow marine and coastal tropical systems, including reefs and coastlines. These studies include addressing questions regarding possible future changes in response to ENSO, sea-level rise, or variations in wave climate. Examining study areas ranging from the Pacific (Kiribati, Tokelau, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, Cook Islands), to Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia), to the Caribbean (Bahamas, Yucatan, Mexico, Turks and Caicos), my perspective is global.
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