Charles A. Ver Straeten (Ph.D.,1996, University of Rochester)

(518)-486-2004 email

Adjunct Professor
Senior Scientist, New York State Museum

Center for Stratigraphy and Paleontology
New York State Museum
Albany, NY 12230

photo of Charles Ver Straeten
Present Research Projects:
Basin-wide synthesis of Pragian-Eifelian (upper Lower and lower Middle Devonian) strata, Appalachian Basin (NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, WV, OH).
Development of Devonian terrestrial systems, Catskill Mountains, New York State.
Comparative study of geologic and paleontologic events, Lower and Middle Devonian, New York-Appalachian Basin and Central European successions.
Integrated geochemical (elemental/isotopic/coulometric), sedimentological, and paleoecological analysis of ancient marine shales, Western New York; study examines sedimentary processes (e.g., sequence stratigraphic trends), the relationship of paleoenvironmental change and community-level faunal turnover, and carbon burial during late stages of a greenhouse episode.
Conodont biostratigraphy of poorly documented intervals, Lower and Middle Devonian Appalachian Basin, New York.
Devonian K-bentonites and Geochronology, eastern North America.
Description and documentation of a tropical Middle Devonian brachiopod-dominated fauna ("Variatrypa arctica fauna").

Graduate students supervised by Dr. Ver Straeten at the University at Albany

Selected Publications:
Ver Straeten, C.A
., 2001, Event and sequence stratigraphy and a new synthesis of the Lower to Middle Devonian, eastern Pennsylvania and adjacent areas: in Inners, J.D., and Fleeger, G.M., eds., 66th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Delaware Water Gap, p. 35-53.

Ver Straeten, C.A., 2001. The Schoharie Formation in eastern Pennsylvania: in Inners, J.D., and Fleeger, G.M., eds., 66th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Delaware Water Gap, p. 54-60.

Ver Straeten, C.A.
, and Brett, C.E., 2000, Bulge Migration and Pinnacle Reef Development, Devonian Appalachian Foreland Basin: J. Geol., 108, p. 339-352.

Brett, C.E., Ver Straeten, C.A., and Baird, G.C., 2000, Anatomy of a composite sequence boundary: The Silurian-Devonian contact in Western New York State: New York State Geological Association, 72nd Annual Meeting, Field Trip Guidebook.


Baird, G.C., Brett, C.E., and Ver Straeten, C.A., 2000, Facies and fossils of the lower Hamilton Group (Middle Devonian) in the Livingston County-Onondaga County Region: New York State Geological Association, 72nd Annual Meeting, Field Trip Guidebook.


Murphy, A.E., Sageman, B.B., Ver Straeten, C.A., and Hollander, D.J., 2000, Organic carbon burial and faunal dynamics in the Appalachian basin during the Devonian (Givetian-Famennian) greenhouse: An integrated paleoecological/biogeochemical approach: in Huber, B.T., MacLeod, K.G., and Wing, S.L., eds., Warm Climates in Earth History, Cambridge University Press, New York, p. 351-385.


Baird, G.C., Brett, C.E., and Ver Straeten, C.A., 1999, The first great Devonian flooding episodes in Western New York: Reexamination of Union Springs, Oatka Creek, and Skaneateles Formation successions (upper Eifelian to lower Givetian) in the Buffalo-Seneca Lake region: in Lash, G.G., ed., New York State Geological Association, 71st Annual Meeting Guidebook, p. A1-A44.


Tucker, R.D., Bradley, D.C., Ver Straeten, C.A., Harris, A.G., Ebert, J.R., and McCutcheon, S.R., 1998, New U-Pb ages and the duration and division of Devonian time: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 158, p. 175-186.


Brett, C.E., and Ver Straeten, C.A., eds., 1997, Devonian cyclicity and sequence stratigraphy in New York State: Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (International Union of Geological Sciences Commission on Stratigraphy), Field Trip Guidebook for Meeting, Rochester, NY, July 20-29, 1997, 369 p.


Ver Straeten, C.A.
, and Brett, C.A., 1995, Lower and Middle Devonian foreland basin fill in the Catskill Front: Stratigraphic synthesis, sequence stratigraphy, and the Acadian Orogeny: in Garver, J.I., and Smith J.A., eds., New York State Geological Association, 67th Annual Meeting Guidebook, p. 313-356.


Ver Straeten, C.A., 1994, Microstratigraphy and depositional environments of a Middle Devonian foreland basin: Berne and Otsego Members, Mount Marion Formation, eastern New York State: in Landing, E., ed., Studies in Stratigraphy and Paleontology in Honor of Donald W. Fisher, New York State Museum Bulletin 481, p. 367-380.


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