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Joseph Meert

Associate Professor of Geology
Updated May 5, 2009

Welcome to my home page.  Our research is focused broadly on the interval of geologic time from the Mesoproterozoic (~1200 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).  We 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, Eastern Africa, southwest Africa, Madagascar, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia).    We are always interested in attracting new graduate students.

1. Ongoing Projects

EAR09-10888 National Science Foundation (Tectonics): Further Refinement of India's Proterozoic Paleogeography and Geochronology: (co-PI with George Kamenov University of Florida).

2. Recently Completed Projects

EAR04-09101: The Assembly of East Gondwana: A Proterozoic Perspective from India
EAR05-08597: Paleomagnetism of Neoproterozoic to Lower Paleozoic rocks on microcontinents of Central Asia: implicatins for the Precambrian glacial paradox and the amalgamation of Eurasia

3. Projects Submitted for Funding--

National Science Foundation (Sedimentary Geology): Collaborative Research: Deciphering the Proterozoic of India Stratigraphy, Geochronology, Geochemistry, and Paleomagnetism of the
Chhattisgarh Basin
: (co-PI w/ Linda Kah (U. Tennessee); Abhijit Basu (Indiana U.); Julie Bartley (Gustavus Adophus College) and Pat Bickford (Syracuse).

4. Recent Publications (2007-2009)

1. Meert, J.G and Lieberman, B.S., 2008. The Neoproterozoic Assembly of Gondwana and its relationship to the Ediacaran-Cambrian Radiation, Gondwana Research, 14: 5-21.  pdf of submission.

2. Meert, J.G., Walderhaug, H.J., Torsvik, T.H. and Hendricks, B.W.H.  2007. Age and paleomagnetic signature of the Alno Carbonatite complex ( NE Sweden ): Additional Controversy for the Neoproterozoic position of Baltica, Precambrian Research , 154, 159-174. pdf of submission.

3. Meert, J.G., 2007. Testing the Neoproterozoic glacial models, Gondwana Research, 11, 573-574. pdf of submission.

4. Goderris, Y., Donnadiue, Y., Dessert, C., Dupre, B., Fluteau, F., Francois, L.M., Meert, J.G., Nedelec, A., Ramstein, G., 2007. Coupled modeling of global carbon cycle and climate in the Neoproterozoic: links between Rodinia breakup and major glaciations, C. R. Geoscience volume 339, 212-222.      pdf of paper.

5. Pradhan, V.R., Pandit, M.K. and Meert, J.G., 2008.  A cautionary note on the age of the paleomagnetic pole obtained from the Harohalli dyke swarms, Dharwar craton, southern India, in Indian Dykes Srivastava et al. (eds), Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, India.  pdf of proofs.

6. Malone, S.J., Meert, J.G., Banerjee, D.M., Pandit, M.K., Tamrat, E., Kamenov, G., Pradhan, V.R. and Sohl, L., 2008.  Paleomagnetism and detrital zircon geochronology of the Upper Vinhdyan sequence, Son Valley and Rajasthan, India: A 1000 Ma closure age for the Purana basins?, Precambrian Research, 164, 137-159.  pdf of corrected proofs.

7. Gregory, L.C., Meert, J.G., Bingen, B., Pandit, M.K. and Torsvik, T.H., 2008. Paleomagnetism and geochronology of the Malani igneous suite, NW India: Implications for the configuration of Rodinia and the assembly of Gondwana, Precambrian Research, 170, 13-26.  pdf of submission.

8. Meert, J.G., Pruett, F.D., Merino., E. 2008.  An 'inverse conglomerate' paleomagnetic test and timing of in-situ Terra Rossa formation at Bloomington, Indiana, J. Geology, 117, 126-138.  pdf of submission.

9.  Pradhan, V.R., Meert, J.G., Pandit, M.K., Kamenov, G., Gregory, L.C. and Malone, S.J., 2008.   India's changing place in global Proterozoic reconstructions: New geochronologic constraints on key paleomagnetic poles from the Dharwar and Aravalli/Bundelkhand cratons, J. Geodynamics Special Issue, under review.  pdf coming soon.

10. Razanatseheno, M.O.M., Nedelec, A., Rakotondrazafy, M., Meert, J.G., and Ralison, B., Four stage building of the Cambrian Carion pluton, in Hutton Special Voume on Granites, in press.  pdf of submission.

11. Gibsher, A.S., Meert, J.G., Levashova, N.M., Grice, W.C. and Kamenov, G.D., Ediacaran fossils predating the Snowball Earth episodes? New Evidence from the Lesser Karatau microcontinent, Kazakhstan, Geology, in review.

12. Banks, J.C., Sirianni, R., Stroud, M., Pradhan, V.R., Newstead, B., Gifford, J., Pandit, M.K. and Meert, J.G., The Tectonic evolution of Peninsular India: A 3.5 billion year odyssey., J. Asian Earth Sciences, under review, pdf of submission.

13. Tack, L., Wingate, M.T.D., De Waele, B., Meert, J.G., Belousova, E., Griffin, B., Tahon, A. and Fernandez-Alonso, M., The Mesoproterozoic "Kibaran event" in Central Africa: A 1375 Ma intracratonic emplacement of a Large Igneous Province (LIP),      Precambrian Research, under review.

14. Levashova, N., Kalugin, V., Gibsher, A., Rybanin, A., Meert, J.G. and Malone, S.J., The Origin of the Baydaric Microcontinent, Mongolia: Constraints from Paleomagnetism and Geochronology, Tectonophysics, under revision.

15. Levashova, N., Gibsher, A., Meert, J.G. and Grice, W.C., The Origin of the Central Asian orogenic belt Microcontinents: Constraints from Paleomagnetism and Geochronology, Precambrian Research, in review.

For a complete list of publications and copies of papers please follow this link.

5. Recently In the News

Science Article on Intelligent Design and Creationism  

American Chemical Society Article on Judge John E. Jones presentation to GSA 2006 (requires subscription)

National Geographic Discusses our Work on the Vindhyan Basins

6. Current Vitae

July 2008

7. Lab Photos

The UF Paleomagnetic Laboratory
DeGaussian Annex: Auxiliary Lab

8. Gondwana Database (note Database is no longer being updated)

The database was developed with partial  financial support from the National Science Foundation Grant NSF EAR98-05306 to J.G. Meert
Note Database v. 1.0 is superseded by v. 1.1.  The password for the database can be obtained by e-mailing me directly.  Please let me know of any errors or omissions.  I am working on publishing the database on the web as a searchable file.  You can point out errors or add your own new (or old) data into the database by accessing the following form.

9.  Other Organizations/Interests
Gator Aviator
Faculty Advisor Gator Aviators Student Aviation Club
Angel Flight
Angel Flight Southeast

10. Contact Information

Joseph Meert
University of Florida
Department of Geological Sciences
274 Williamson Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
e-mail: jmeert(@)
Phone: 352-846-2414
Cell: 352-870-7009
Fax: 352-392-9294

10.  My Works as Defender of the Old Earth and Evolution