Joel W. Hudley

Joel W. Hudley

Assistant Teaching Professor
(919) 962-5045
224 Mitchell Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3300



Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., B.S., Binghamton University – State University of New York

Research Interests

Sediments, proxy development, carbonates, fossil deposits, sclerochronology, assemblage analysis, climate oscillations, human interactions

Research and Activities

My current research interests primarily focus on developing proxy data sets for investigating climate, physical ocean processes, and ecological changes from intertidal to subtidal habitats using macro-invertebrates proxies and sediment analysis on human (ultra-high resolution) time spans. My overall scientific interests are paleoclimatology, fossil deposit preservation, ecosystem restoration, and the understanding the relationship between regional geology and its influence on civilization resources and development.

I actively mentor undergraduate students on independent research projects relevant to my field, often in collaboration with the Paleoclimatology Lab. Currently I’m working with undergraduate researchers investigating the survival characteristics of bivalves across the late Cenozoic decimations, ecophentypic variations in extinct scallops, and an honors thesis coding and testing a fuzzy logic computer model of ancient carbonate sediment systems. Interested in doing research in paleo- or sedimentology? Send me an email, stop by my office, and/or approach me in class.

Courses Taught
GEOL 101: Introduction to Planet Earth
GEOL 159: Prehistoric Life
GEOL 234: Modern Marine Carbonate Environments
GEOL 315: Energy Resources
GEOL 303: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 432: Paleoclimatology
GEOL 433: Paleoceanography