Joseph G. Meert


Geological Sciences
University of Florida

Fields of Interest:

Tectonics, Paleomagnetism, Precambrian Geology, global reconstructions

My research is focused broadly on the interval of geologic time from the Paleoproterozoic (~2500 Ma) through the earliest Paleozoic (~490 Ma). I use paleomagnetism and geochronology to trace the history of continents during that time period (particularly the continents making up Gondwana). I also examine the relationship between plate configuration, paleoclimate and the evolution of life on earth. Past and current projects have covered vastly different parts of the globe (Laurentia, Baltica, Urals, Eastern Africa, southwest Africa, Madagascar, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia).


Recent publications:

Meert, J.G., 2012.
What’s in a name? The Columbia (Palaeopangea/Nuna) Supercontinent,
Gondwana Research, 21, 987-993.

Pradhan, V.R., Meert, J.G., Pandit, M.K., Kamenov, G.D. and Mondal, E.A., 2012.
Tectonic evolution of the Precambrian Bundelkhand craton, central India: Insights from paleomagnetic and geochronological studies on the mafic dyke swarms,
Precambrian Research, 198-199, 51-76.

Meert, J.G., Pandit, M.K., Pradhan, V.R., Kamenov, G.D., 2011.
Preliminary report on the paleomagnetism of 1.88 Ga dykes from the Bastar and Dharwar cratons,
Gondwana Research, 20, 335-343.

Grazhdankin, D.V., Marusin, V.V., Meert, J., Krunpenin, M.T. and Maslov, A.V., 2011.
Kotlin regional stage in the South Urals,
Doklady Earth Sciences, 440, 1222-1226.

Levashova, N.M, Meert, J.G., Gibsher, A.S., Grice, W.C., Bazhenov, M.L., 2011.
The origin of the Central Asian orogenic belt microcontinents: Constraints from paleomagnetism and geochronology,
Precambrian Research, 185, 37-54.

Meert, J.G., Gibsher, A.S., Levashova, N.M., Grice, W.C. & Kamenov, G.D., 2011.
Glaciation and ~770 Ma Ediacara(?) fossils from the Lesser Karatau microcontinent, Kazakhstan,
Gondwana Research, 19, 867-880.

Meert, J.G,., Pandit, M.K., Pradhan, V.R., Banks, J.C., Sirianni, R., Stroud, M., Newstead, B., Gifford, J.., 2010.
The Precambrian tectonic evolution of India: A 3.0 billion year odyssey,
J. Asian Earth Sci., 39, 483-515.

Meert, J.G., Pruett, F.D. and Merino, E., 2009.
An ‘inverse conglomerate’ test and timing of in-situ Terra Rossa formation at Bloomington, Indiana,
J. Geology, 117, 126-138.