Professor of Geophysics
University of Montana
EXPERTISE: Application of ground penetrating radar, magnetics, electrical,
and gravity methods to archaeological & environmental geophysics;
magnetic and gravity exploration for minerals and energy resources, regional geophysics.
INTERESTS: Grant and contract work in archaeological exploration, environmental geophysicsand
magnetic and gravity exploration for minerals and energy
of Wyoming 1981. Geology/Geophysics
M.S., Western Washington University
B.A., Central Washington University
1973. Geology with distinction
- Emeritus Professor, Geosciences Department, University of Montana
Professor, Geosciences Department, University of Montana
- 9/91 - 2007,
Department, University of Montana
- 7/90-12/90 Senior
Lecturer, Geophysics; Physics Department, University of Papua New
- 9/87-8/94 Associate
Professor, Geology Department, University of Montana
- 9/83-9/87 Assistant
Professor, Geology Department, University of Montana
- 9/81-9/87 Director
of UM Earthquake Research Lab
- 9/8l-6/83 Visiting
- 5/80-6/8l Geophysicist,
Geopotential Inc., Golden, Colorado. Gravity and magnetic interpretation,
development of forward and inverse gravity/magnetic software
Resources from the last courses I taught:
SOFTWARE and random contributions from Excel, Mathcad, etc.
notes and tricks, handouts
RECENT PUBLICATIONS and PUBLIC SERVICE REPORTS
- MacDonald, D. H., J. Gish, and S.D. Sheriff, in press 2013, Fishing Bridge Point (48YE381): A Stratified Prehistoric Site at Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, Plains Anthropologist v. 58.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2013, Total Field Magnetic Exploration for Prehistoric Archaeological Sites along Yellowstone Lake’s Northwest Shore, to be published in Yellowstone Archaeology, Volume II: Southern Yellowstone; Edited by D. H. MacDonald and E. S. Hale; The University of Montana Department of Anthropology Contributions to Archaeology, Volume 13.
- McIntyre, J. and S.D. Sheriff, 2013, Yellowstone Lake: Dynamic Shorelines, GIS, and Predicting Archaeological Sites, to be published in Yellowstone Archaeology, Volume II: Southern Yellowstone; Edited by D. H. MacDonald and E. S. Hale; The University of Montana Department of Anthropology Contributions to Archaeology, Volume 13.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2012, Total Field Magnetic and Ground Penetrating Radar Studies at the Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site. Report (not refeered) submitted to National Park Service, Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site, Deerlodge, MT, 27 p.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2012, Ground Penetrating Radar Survey for HRA-1971 Big Eddy - Knight River Crossing. Report (not
refereed) prepared for Historical Research Associates, Inc., Missoula,
MT, USA, 41 p.
- S.D. Sheriff, D.MacDonald, 2011, Total Field Magnetics and Exploration for Paleoindian to Plains-Culture Targets; Yellowstone National Park, USA.
In Archaeological Prospection: Extended Abstracts for 9th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection, p. 244-248. edited by M. G. Drahor and M. A. Berge, Archaeological and Art Publications, CNSGAP, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. 277 p. (the .ppt).
- S.D. Sheriff, 2011, Total Field Magnetic Experiments at a Historic Town Site, Yellowstone National Park, USA: Aeromagnetic Techniques and Archaeological Targets,
in Yellowstone Archaeology, Volume 1: Northern Yellowstone; p. 26-40. Edited by D. H. MacDonald and E. S. Hale; The University of Montana Department of Anthropology Contributions to Archaeology, Volume 13, 143 p.
- R.A. Portner, M.S. Hendrix, J.C. Stalker, D.P. Miggins, and S.D. Sheriff, 2011, Sedimentary response to orogenic exhumation in the northern Rocky Mountain Basin and Range province, Flint Creek basin, west-central Montana. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 48, p. 1131-1153.
- S.D. Sheriff, August 2011, Total Field Magnetic Investigation on Square Butte, Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Montana, 9 p. Report (not refereed) submitted to R. O’Boyle, Rocky Boys Tribal Archaeologist, Rocky Boys Reservation Montana.
- S.D. Sheriff, July 2010, In search of a Historic Grave: GPR Investigation near the Yellowstone Lake
Store. Report submitted to Yellowstone National Park in conjunction with ongoing archaeological field work by Dr. D. MacDonald director Montana Yellowstone Archaeology Project.
- S.D. Sheriff, D.MacDonald, D.Dick, 2010, Decorrugation,
Edge Detection, and Modeling of Total Field Magnetic Observations
from a Historic Town Site, Yellowstone National Park, USA. Archaeological
Prospection, V. 17, p.49-60.
- S.D. Sheriff, D.MacDonald, 2010, Total
Field Magnetic, Radar, and Archaeological Studies on the Shores
of Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, USA. International
Society of Archaeological Prospection (ISAP),
v. 23, April 2010, p.3-5.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2010, Matched
Filter Separation of Magnetic Anomalies Caused by Scattered Surface
Debris at Archaeological Sites. Near
Surface Geophysics, v. 8, #2, p. 145-150.
- S.D. Sheriff and P.T. Doughty, 2009, Magnetic and Radar Investigations
of Site 45CH703, Tumwater Canyon, Washington. Report (not refereed)
prepared for Archaeological and historical Services, Eastern Washington
University, 46 p.
- S.D. Sheriff and G. Carlson, 2009, Total Field Magnetometry and
Ground Penetrating Radar Investigations at Kelly Forks Work Center,
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho. Report (not refereed) prepared
for USFS Clearwater National Forest, 32 p.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2009, Archaeological Scale Magnetic and Radar Investigations
at Northwestern Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone national Park, USA.
Report (not refereed) presented to Yellowstone National Park Center
for Resources, Yellowstone National Park, USA, 41 p.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2009, Archaeological Scale magnetic, Electrical, and
Radar Investigations at Boundary, Washington, LPOE, USA. Report (not
refereed) prepared for Historical Research Associates, Inc., Missoula,
MT, USA, 46 p.
- Schmidt, R., Crossland, N., Ballas, M., McKeown, and Sheriff, S.,
2008, Remote Sensing of Pineview Park Missoula Montana. Student Project
Report (not refereed) completed for Missoula Parks & Recreation
Department, Missoula, Montana.
RECENT PRESENTATIONS AND ABSTRACTS
- MacDonald, D., L.Smith, M.Livers, S.Sheriff, J. Moschelle, M.Pable, and J.Gish, 2012, Archaeology of the Little Trail Creek Site (24PA1081), Gardiner, Montana. Montana Archaeological Society, Abstracts and program, Aprill 2012.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2011, Archaeological Geophysics, Forensic Applications: Buried Weapons, Illicit Caches, and Shallow Graves, Invited Presentation: FBI National Training Academy, Bozeman Montana, April 26, 2011.
S.D. Sheriff, 2011, Imaging Graves and Stone Rings at Depth: Recent Magnetic and Radar Results from Montana and Idaho. Montana Archaeological Society, Abstracts and Program, Aprill 2011 - the Powerpoint
- R.C. O’Boyle, S. D. Sheriff, A.M. Prentiss, and V.M.W. O’Boyle, 2011, At the Rim: magnetometry, archaeology, and a site in danger at Kevin Rim. Montana Archaeological Society, Abstracts and program, Aprill 2011.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2010, Invited Presentation, Archaeological Geophysics
– A Quick Look: Magnetics,
Radar, and Resistivity. Cultural Resource Management Training
Workshop on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Stone Child College,
April 28-30th, 2010, funded by the National Park Service and State
Historical Preservation Office.
J.M., S.D. Sheriff, and N.W. Hinman, 2008, Interpreting Faults
and Fractures in Hydrothermal Basins With High-Resolution Aeromagnetic
Data in Yellowstone National Park. EOS Transactions of the American
Geophysical Union, 89(53), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract # GP43B-0817.
- J. C.
Stalker and S. D. Sheriff, 2004, Seismic And Gravity Investigation
Of Sediment Depth, Bedrock Topography, And Faulting In The Tertiary
Drummond-Hall Basin, Western Montana, Geological Society of America
Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 4, p. 36.
- N. E. Harrison
and S. D. Sheriff, 2004, Gravity, Radar And Seismic Investigations
To Help Determine Geologic, Hydrologic, And Biologic Relations In
The Nyack Valley, Northwestern Montana, Geological Society of America
Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 4, p. 32.
- C.R. Hawkins and S. D. Sheriff, 2003, Preliminary
GPR investigation of an Intermontane Floodplain, Northwestern
Montana, 2003 INRA Subsurface Science Symposium, October 5-8, INRA
- N. S. Philip,
S. D. Sheriff, and R. A. Gubernick, 2004, Ground Penetrating Radar
And Seismic Refraction As Tools For Characterizing Aquifer Properties
In Recently Active Glacial Moraine Settings, Tongass National Forest,
Alaska. USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference,
Programs with Abstracts, p. 48.
- C.R. Hawkins and S. D. Sheriff, 2003, Shallow Subsurface Imaging
with Ground Penetrating Radar of the Nyack Floodplain, Montana, Geological
Society of America, abstracts with programs, V.35, #6 Abstract 123-8.
- S.D. Sheriff, 2001, Mapping the Western
Idaho Suture Zone Using Free Air Gravity and Topography, Eos Transactions
of the American Geophysical union, v. 82(#47), Fall Meeting Supplement,
Abstract T31E-09, 2001.
GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENT and PAST
Spritzer, Interpreting Faults and Fractures in Hydrothermal
Basins With High-Resolution Aeromagnetic Data in Yellowstone National
Park, M.S. 2010 (abstract)
Janiszewski, A reflection seismology test of gravity inversions
for depth to bedrock in the East Missoula area, M.S. 2007.
HARRISON, Gravity, Radar And Seismic Investigations To Help
Determine Geologic, Hydrologic, And Biologic Relations In The Nyack
Valley, Northwestern Montana, M.S., 2004.
STALKER, Seismic And Gravity Investigation Of Sediment Depth,
Bedrock Topography, And Faulting In The Tertiary Drummond-Hall Basin,
Western Montana, M.S., 2004.
- NOEL, PHILLIP, Ground Penetrating Radar and Seismic Refraction as Tools to Characterize
Shallow Subsurface Conditions on Tongass National Forest, Alaska,
HAWKINS, Imaging the Shallow Subsurface Using Ground Penetrating
Radar at the Nyack Floodplain, Montana. M.S. 2003
NYQUEST, A Bedrock Model Of The Hellgate Canyon And Bandmann
Flats Area, Montana Through Constrained Inversion Of Gravity Data.
S. FRIEND, Flexural Rigidity of the Northern Rocky Mountains:
Relationship to Crustal Domains and Deformational Style. M.S.
PRIEST, Structural and Paleomagnetic Study of Thrust Rotation
of a Late Cretaceous Sill, Gibson Reservoir, Bob Marshall Wilderness,
Montana. M.S. 2000
EVANS, A Constrained Gravity Model of the Central Missoula
Valley and Shape of the Ninemile Fault. M.S. 1997
- KELLY BRUNT, Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Lower Cretaceous Kootenai Formation,
Western Montana. M.S. 1997
- JOSH DISTLER, Paleomagnetic and Structural Analyses of the Wallowa Terrane,
Northeast Oregon and West-central Idaho: a Re-evaluation of The Salmon
River Suture Zone. M.S. 1997
BAXTER (ex-Gaskin), Crustal structure of the Northern Rocky
Mountains based on gravity interpretation. M.S. 1994
JOLLY, Thrust Sheet Rotation Along the Rocky Mountain Front,
West-Central Montana. M.S. 1991
DOUGHTY, Paleomagnetism of Eocene Dikes from the Bitterroot
Metamorphic Core Complex: Clockwise
Crustal Rotation During Tertiary Evolution. M.S. 1990.
WELLS, Digital Filtering and Modeling of the Gravity Field
of the Bitterroot Valley, western Montana. M.S. 1989.
GUNDERSON, Paleomagnetism of the Late Cretaceous-Paleocene
Adel Mountain Volcanics, west central Montana. M.S. 1989.
CLEMENT, Crustal Structure of Northwestern Montana Using Seismic
Refraction Techniques, M.S. 1986
- GARRY CARLSON, Crustal Structure within Southwestern Montana and Adjacent Northestern
Idaho: A Seismic Refraction Study, M.S. 1986
HARRIS, Crustal Structure of Northwestern Montana, M.S.
SNYDER, Gravity and Structural Study of the Skalkaho Intrusives,
When I get away from Missoula,
I like to go alpine climbing, back country skiing, and the like. Among rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering,
and just rambling around, long routes on remote/oddball peaks seem to
provide the most lasting memories. The Canadian Rockies and B.C. Interior
Ranges (check out Bivouac.com) are
nearby, they've soaked up a few seasons and recently we've roamed around
the BC Coast Range a little. A pleasant night-drive will get you from
Missoula to the Wind Rivers, Cascades, Tetons, or Sawtooths if the weather in Canada is dicey. Steering among wind-driven flakes pushes the espresso
buzz right into the pre-buzz for ice climbs or telemark trips. Usually
we've booked the Hotel Toyota, but I've spent seasons climbing and exploring
in the Alps, Great Britain, Peru, Bolivia, Antarctica, Australia, Baffin
Island and New Zealand as well. And, of course, it's all really research
- first hand observation of orogenic belts to better understand the
evolution of crustal structures. I intended to get
some climbing in while I taught Geophysics at the University of Papua
New Guinea but I got bogged down with the scuba diving. The Australian
climbing trip resulted in two pitches and more underwater time than
diving in papua New Guinea - so much for surfing. I'm just not that
big on becoming one with the sediment. Recently I managed some more
diving, this time on WWII wrecks off Busuanga
Island, after completing a little environmental geophysics project
in the Philippines. The following summer it took a few weeks on the
Tatshenshini-Alsec Rivers, bagging first ascents in the Fairweather
Ranges, to cool off from the tropics. Closer to home there's good mountain
biking, rock climbing,
backcountry and lift-service
skiing, kayaking, and lots of great
cyclocross routes for human-powered local exploration. Right off
campus there's Mount Sentinel, 1,958 feet (I think the record is ~20:04),
of cardiac output ready to remind you of the pleasures in belaying.
Another hobby led to some energy
saving results from basement insulation.
Cordilleran summits I've visited: