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Texas A&M University
Room 315, Oceanography and Meteorology (O&M) Building
MS 3146,
College Station, Texas 77843

Courses:

  • OCNG 673 - High-Resolution Marine Geophysics

Mr. William Bryant

Professor, Geological Section

Ph.D. Geology, University of Chicago, 1966

M.S. Geology, University of Chicago, 1961

Research Interests

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Marine Sedimentation
  • Archeological Oceanography
  • Geotechnical and geoacoustic properties of marine sediments
  • Geology and geophysics of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea
  • Microfabrics of fine-grained marine sediments
  • Geology and Geophysics of the Russian Arctic

Projects

  • RF# 15060, BP Inc.,“Mardi Gras Project," Recovery of artifacts from 17th /18th century shipwreck in 4,000 ft. of water, Gulf of Mexico. May 2005 to May 2008
  • Sea Grant: NEW BATHYMETRY OF THE TEXAS LOUISIANA CONTINENTAL SHELF: EDUCATION, RESEARCH, ENGINEERING, DECISION MAKING. May 2004 to May 2006
  • TEES# OTRC, Mega-Furrows of the Northwest Gulf of Mexico, Funded by BP, BHP, MMS, REPSEA & TAMU, May 2003 – May 2006
  • RF# 0100986, Proposal to Use the RV Carolyn Choust and the Submarine NR-1 to Study the Mississippi Canyon Shipwreck (MC001). Sponsor MMS, June 2001 to June 2005
  • ONR Award Number: N00014-020-M-0198, SUBMATT AUV MODIFICATION FOR NR1 DEPLOYMENT, 2004-2005

Experience

  • Head, Department of Oceanography, 1998-2000
  • Professor, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1971-present
  • United Nations Consultant, Development Project of the Ministry of Geology, People's Republic of China, 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Director, Center for Sedimentology, Texas A&M University, 1982-1985
  • Associate Professor, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1968-1971
  • Assistant Professor, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1964-1968
  • Research Scientist III, Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1963-1964
  • Marine Geologist, Office of Naval Research, Chicago, Illinois, 1962-1963
  • Field Supervisor, University of the Pacific, 1960

Selected Publications

  • Tripsanas* E.K., Bryant, W.R., and Phaneuf, B.A. 2004. Uniform Mud Deposits (Unifites) in a Complex Deep-Water Environment, Hedberg Basin, Northwest Gulf of Mexico, in W.W. Sager/ E.Doyle/ W.Bryant, eds., High-Resolution Geophysical Studies of Continental Margin Geohazards, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Special Publication (Special Volume). of the AAPG Bulletin. Volume 88, Number 6, June 2004, ISSN 0149-1423, pp 825-840.
  • Tripsanas* E.K., Bryant, W.R., and Phaneuf, B.A. 2004. Slope Instability Interaction with Halokinetic Processes in a Complex Deep- Environment, Bryant Canyon Area-Northwest Gulf of Mexico. In W.W. Sager/ E.Doyle/ W.Bryant eds. High-Resolution Geophysical Studies of Continental Margin Geohazards, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Special Publication (Special Volume). of the AAPG Bulletin. Volume 88, Number 6, June 2004, ISSN 0149-1423, pp 801-823
  • Tripsanas, E.K., Bryant, W.R., Slowey, N.C., Bouma, A.H., and Berti, D. 2004. Sedimentological History of Bryant Canyon Area, Northwest Gulf of Mexico, During the Last 135 ky, (Marine Isotope Stages 1 - 6): a Proxy Record of Mississippi River Discharge. Journal of Sedimentology.
  • Tripsanas, E.K., Bryant, W.R., Slowey, N.C. 2004. Layered/Laminated (Rhythmites) Mud Deposits of the Northwest Gulf of Mexico: Processes Leading to Their Deposition, and Their Relation to Sediment Failures. SEPM Special Publication, Siltstones, Mudstones and Shales, in press.
  • Sager, W.W., Bryant, W., and Doyle, E. editors of High-Resolution Geophysical Studies of Continental Margin Geohazards. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Special Publication (Special Volume) of the AAPG Bulletin. Volume 88, Number 6, June 2004, ISSN 0149-1423.
  • Slowey, N., Bryant, W., Bean*, D.A., Young, A.G., and Gartner, S. 2003. Sedimentation in the vicinity of the Sigbee escarpment during the last 25,000 years. OTC 2003 Proceeding.
  • Niedoroda A.W., Reed, C.W., Hatchett L., Young, A., Lanier, D., Kasch, V., Jeanjean, P., Orange, D. and Bryant, W. 2003. Relationship of past and future debris flows and turbidity currents generated by slope failures along the Sigsbee Escarpment in the Deep Water Gulf of Mexico. OTC 2003 Proceedings.

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Mentoring (University Level), Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 2007
  • TAMU Eagle Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education 2002
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (University Level), Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 2001
  • Distinguished Achievement Medal of Texas A&M University's Geosciences and Earth Resources Advisory Council of the College of Geosciences, 2000
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Faculty Teaching, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, 2000
  • Distinguished Teaching Award (College Level), Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 1999
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, 1996 William R. Bryant Receives Outstanding Educator Award (Quarterdeck, Winter 1996)
  • Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Award for Best Division Publication, 1990
  • Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Award for Best Division Publication, 1989
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Research (University Level), Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 1982
 
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