Dr. Joseph G. Meert
University of Florida Term Professor of Geological Sciences
Undergraduate Adviser
Page Updated 03/10/2021



1.     Levashova, N.M., Golovanova, I.V., Rudko, I.V., Danukalov, K.N., Rudko, S.V., Yu, S.R., Meert, J.G., 2021. Late Ediacaran magnetic field hyperactivity: Quantifying the reversal frequency in the Zigan Fm, southern Urals, Russia, Gondwana Research, in press.

2.     He, B., Jiao, C. Cai, Z., Liu, R., Meert, J.G., Yun, X., Wang, T., Chen, W., Yu, Z., Li, J., Peng, S., Guo, X., Qiao, X., 2021. Was there a stable paleoenvironment during the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition in the Aksu area, NW Tarim basin? Palaeogeography, Palaeontology and Palaeoecology, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110237.

3.     Pivarunas, A.F., Meert, J.G., Katusin, K., Pandit, M.K., Sinha, A.K., Miller, S.R., Craver, A., Roderus, K., 2021  Paleomagnetic results from the Singhbhum craton, India: Remagnetization, demagnetization and complication, Precambrian Research, in press.

4.     Meert, J.G., Pivarunas, A.K., Miller, S.R., Nutter, R.F., Pandit, M.K., Sinha, A.K., 2021. The Precambrian drift history and paleogeography of India, in: Pesonen et al.(eds) Ancient Supercontinent and the Paleogeography of the Earth, Elsevier, in press, ISBN: 978-0-12-818533-9.

5.     Evans, D.A.D., Pesonen, L.J., Eglington, B.M., Elming, S-A., Gong, Z., Li, Z-X., McCausland, P.J., Meert, J.G., Mertanen, S., Pisarevsky, S.A., Pivarunas, A.F., Salminen, J.M., Swanson-Hysell, N., Torsvik, T.H., Trindade, R.I.F., Veikolainen, T. Zhong, S., 2021. An expanding list of reliable paleomagnetic data for Precambrian tectonic reconstructions, in: Pesonen et al.(eds) Ancient Supercontinent and the Paleogeography of the Earth, Elsevier, in press, ISBN: 978-0-12-818533-9.

6.     Wu, G., Yang, S., Meert, J.G., Xiao, Y., Chen, Y., Wang, Z., Li, X., Huang, S., 2020. Two phases of Paleoproterozoic orogenesis in the Tarim craton: Implications for Columbia assembly, Gondwana Research, 83, 201-216.

7.     Hao, J., Wang, C., Zhang, J., Liu, L., Gai, Y., Li, H., Yu, Z., Meert, J.G., Long, X., Sun, X., Zhang, S., 2020. Episodic Neoproterozoic extension related magmatism in the Altyn-Tagh, NW China: implications for extension and breakup processes of Rodinia supercontinent, International Geology Review, doi:10.1080/00206814.2020.1836524.

8.   Wang, C., Zhao, G., Zhu, X., Hao, J., Li, H., Meert, J.G., Ma, T., Long, X., 2020. Intraoceanic back-arc magma diversity: insights from a relic of the Proto-Tethys oceanic lithosphere in the western Qilian Orogen, NW China, Chemical Geology, 550, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2020.119756

9.     Ma, X., Xu, Z., Meert, J.G., Tian, Z., 2020. Early Eocene high-flux magmatism and concurrent high temperature metamorphism in the Gangdese Belt (southern Tibet), Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, doi:10.1130/B35770.1.

10.     Meert, J.G., Pivarunas, A.F., Miller, S.R., Evans, D.A.D., Pisarevsky, S., Pesonen, L., Elming, S.A., Li, Z.X., Zhang, S., 2020. Paleomagnetic Reliability: The Van der Voo (1990) Quality Scale Revisited, Tectonophysics, doi:10.1016/tecto.2020.228549.

11.     Pivarunas, A.F. and Meert, J.G., 2020. Paleomagnetism and the stability of the Dharwar craton, Precambrian Research, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2020.105858.

12.     Yi, Z. and Meert, J.G., 2020. A closure of the Mongol-Okhotsk ocean by the Middle Jurassic: Reconciliation of paleomagnetic and geological evidence, Geophysical Research Letters, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088235.

Office: 136-B Williamson Hall (next to loading dock)
Laboratory: 112 Williamson Hall (Neil Opdyke Paleomagnetic Laboratory)
Phone Number: 352-846-2414
Cell Number: +1 352 870 4642
Mailing Address:
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Florida
241 Williamson Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
e-mail: jmeert at ufl.edu

Research Interests: Broadly speaking, I am interested in the paleogeography of the Proterozoic Eon and how paleogeography influences climate, the biosphere and the tectosphere.   My research team uses a toolbox aimed at learning where (paleomagnetism) a particular piece of the Earth's crust was located and when (geochronology) it occupied that space.  By obtaining coeval paleomagnetic data from multiple cratons, we can establish past paleogeographic maps.  During the Proterozoic, at least two supercontinents are thought to have formed.  The first is named Columbia (also Nuna) and the second younger supercontinent is called Rodinia.  We are also interested in the origin, structure and evolution of the Earth's magnetic field.  Our other research focus is aimed at tools/techniques/strategies to recruit and expand opportunities in the Geosciences to under-represented groups.  I insist that all my students have a field experience as part of their degree.

Interested in Graduate Work?: Please contact me jmeert at ufl.edu.  We are looking for new students in Fall 2020.

Laboratory Facilities: We host modern paleomagnetic and geochronology laboratories housed in Williamson Hall.  There are also a suite of preparatory labs.  

Visiting Professors

Current Students
Scott Miller-Ph.D. expected 2021
Ananya Singha- Ph.D. expected 2024

Patrick Denning, BS expected 2021
Ashley Dann, BS expected 2022
Laurie Schier, BS expected 2023

Recent Graduates:
Dr. Anthony Pivarunas- Ph.D. 2019 (Now at USGS-Menlo Park)
Karastin Katusin- M.S. 2017
Kelli Roderus- B.S. 2019
Claudia Banks- B.S. 2020

Meert Led Field Trip to Northern Michigan/Wisconsin

A few photos from our August 2019 field trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with the Geology Club

Photos (far left: Stromatolites interbedded in the Copper Harbor conglomerate; Students examining Banded Iron Formation; Copper Mine Tour Houghton, MI; Native Copper; Students along Lake Superior near Pictured rocks
Photos (left) Glacial grooves; (center) Pictured Rocks; (right) Start of US41 near Copper Harbor

Research Team In the News

UF News and Instagram Video on Jurassic TPW
National Geographic Jurassic True Polar Wander
How Stuff works: Gondwana
National Geographic on Hyperactive Field
Supercontinents (in Italian)
Hyperactive magnetic field in the Ediacaran
Scientific American Ediacaran Extinction
Trilobite Origins
Runway Numbers & The Magnetic Field

Courses Taught

GLY2100C- Historical Geology (4 credits)- Spring Semester as needed
GLY4750L- Field Methods in Geology (2 credits): Preparatory field camp course for B.S. majors (Fall term)
GLY4790- Field Camp (6 credits): 6 week field course based in Taos, New Mexico (Summer A term)
GLY4930- Undergraduate Seminar (1 credit): Fall and Spring Semesters.
GLY6930- Graduate Specialty Courses (3 credits)-Spring Semester.  Special topics in Geology.  Previous courses were 'Global Tectonics'; 'Paleomagnetism' and 'Petroleum Geology'

Other Links:

Paleomagnetic Lab
Research Page

Students and Visiting Scholars
Curriculum Vitae

Famous Quotes:

"All this Science, I don't understand...it's just my job 5 days a week".  Elton John Rocket Man
"Don't forget the crustaceans"