Zane R. Jobe

Research Professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Director of the Chevron Center of Research Excellence (CoRE)

Affiliate Researcher of the SAnD industrial consortium (SAnD)

 Twitter: @ZaneJobe

Google Scholar profile: Zane Jobe


I aim to better understand the stratigraphic architecture, scaling relationships, and sediment budgets for clastic depositional systems, with an emphasis on submarine environments. My current (2018-19) projects are:

  • Comparing Aggradation, Superelevation, and Avulsion Frequency of Submarine and Fluvial Channels

  • Automated Interpretation of Depositional Environments Using Measured Stratigraphic Sections and Machine-Learning Models

  • Sediment routing to the Carboniferous Clare Basin, Ireland: Detrital Zircon Geochronology of the Ross Sandstone

Education and Industry Experience

  • Clastics Research Team, Shell, 2010-2016
  • PhD in Geology, Stanford  University, 2010
  • BS (Honors, Summa Cum Laude) in Geology, University of Texas at Arlington, 2004

Student-Led Research

  • Luke Pettinga (Ph.D. 2020) – How Do Submarine Canyon-Channel Systems (Re)shape Continental Margins?
  • Clark Gilbert (Ph.D. 2021) – Unraveling the Tectonostratigraphic Evolution of the Ventura Basin, California Using Detrital Zircon Mixture Modeling
  • Thomas Martin (Ph.D. 2022) – Automated Lithology Prediction from Core Images and Well Log Data Using Machine Learning Models
  • Wylie Walker (M.S. 2019) – Stratigraphic Architecture and Sediment Partitioning in the Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Bone Spring Formation, Delaware Basin, Texas 
  • Evan Gross (M.S. 2020) – 3D Eolian Bounding Surface Architecture of the Entrada Sandstone, Utah
  • Kaci Kus  (M.S. 2020) – Lateral Heterogeneity of Distal Submarine Lobe Deposits, Point Loma Formation, California

Publications since 2015

  • Pettinga, L.A., Jobe, Z.R., Shumaker, L.E., and Howes, N.C., 2018, Morphometric scaling relationships in submarine channel–lobe systems. Geology,
  • Shumaker, L.E., Jobe, Z.R., Johnstone, S.A., Pettinga, L.A., Cai, D.X., and Moody, J.D., 2018, Controls on submarine channel-modifying processes identified through morphometric scaling relationships. Geosphere, v. 14, no. 5, p. 1–17, https://
  • Jobe, Z.R., Howes, N.C., Romans, B.R., Covault, J.A., 2018, Volumes and frequencies of submarine fan-building turbidity currents. The Depositional Record.
  • Clare, M., Chaytor, J., Dabson, O., Gamboa, D., Georgiopoulou, A., Eady, H., Hunt, J. Jackson, C., Katz, O., Krastel, S., León, R., Micallef, R., Moernaut, J., Moriconi, R., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Normandeau, A., Patacci, M., Steventon, M., Urlaub, M., Völker, D., Wood, L., and Jobe, Z.R., 2018, A consistent global approach for the morphometric characterization of subaqueous landslides. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 477, SP477.15.
  • Malkowski, M.A., Jobe, Z.R., Sharman, G.R., Graham, S.A., 2018, Down-slope facies variability within deep-water channel systems: Insights from the Upper Cretaceous Cerro Toro Formation, southern Patagonia. Sedimentology,
  • Jobe, Z.R., Sylvester, Z., Bolla Pittaluga, M., Frascati, A., Pirmez, P., Minisini, D., Howes, N.C., Cantelli, A., 2017, Facies Architecture of Submarine Channel Deposits on the Western Niger Delta Slope: Implications for Grain-size and Density Stratification in Turbidity Currents. Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface, v. 122, p. 473–491,
  • Stright, L., Jobe, Z.R., Fosdick, J., Bernhardt, A., 2017, Modeling uncertainty in the three-dimensional structural deformation and stratigraphic evolution from outcrop data: implications for submarine channel knickpoint recognition. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 86, p. 79–94,
  • Jobe, Z.R., Sylvester, Z., Howes, N., Pirmez, C., Parker, A., Cantelli, A., Smith, R., Wolinsky, M.A., O’Byrne, C., Slowey, N., and Prather, B., 2017, High-resolution, millennial-scale patterns of bed compensation on a sand-rich intraslope submarine fan, western Niger Delta slope: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 129, p. 23–37, 
  • Covault, J.A., Sylvester, Z., Hubbard, S.M., Jobe, Z.R., and Sech, R.P., 2016, The Stratigraphic Record of Submarine-Channel Evolution. The Sedimentary Record, v. 14, September issue, p. 4–11,
  • Jobe, Z.R., Howes, N.C., and Auchter, N.C., 2016, Comparing submarine and fluvial channel kinematics: Implications for stratigraphic architecture: Geology, v. 44, p. 931–934, 
  • Parker, A.O., Schmidt, M.W., Jobe, Z.R., and Slowey, N.C., 2016, A new perspective on West African hydroclimate during the last deglaciation: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 449, p. 79–88,
  • Shumaker, L.E., Jobe, Z.R., & Graham, S. A., 2016, Evolution of submarine gullies on a prograding slope: Insights from 3D seismic reflection data. Marine Geology,
  • Jobe, Z.R., Sylvester, Z., Parker, A.O., Howes, N., Slowey, N., and Pirmez, C., 2015, Rapid Adjustment of Submarine Channel Architecture To Changes In Sediment Supply: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 85, p. 729–753,


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