B. Brandon Curry, Ph.D.Senior Quaternary Geologist
Quaternary and Engineering Geology Section
Phone: 217-244-5787 •
Major Research Interests
- Glacial stratigraphy and environmental geology
- Paleohydrology, Paleolimnology, ostracodes
- History and paleoenvironments of the last deglaciation
Current Research Projects
- Geologic mapping of the Naperville Quadrangle
- Paleohydrology, paleovegetation, and paleoclimate since the last glaciation in northeastern Illinois
- Ice-walled lake deposits; age and environments
Curry, B.B. and T. Hodson, 2009, Surficial Geology of Aurora South Quadrangle, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will Counties, Illinois. Illinois State Geological Survey, 1:24,000. Two sheets.
Curry, B.B., 2008, Surficial Geology of Hampshire Quadrangle, Kane and DeKalb Counties, Illinois. Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois Geological Quadrangle Map, IGQ — Hampshire SG. 1:24,000. Two sheets.
Curry, B.B., 2008, Surficial Geology of West Chicago Quadrangle, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois. Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois Preliminary Geological Map, IGPM — West Chicago SG. 1:24,000. Two sheets.
Recent Presentations (posters)
Curry, B.B., 2009, The deglacial history of the Lake Michigan lobe in Illinois, USA, fleshed out by chronologies from ice-walled lakes. Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, Abstract Reference Number 722814
Curry, B.B, S.B. Brown, and J.F. Thomason, 2009, Determining sediment transport rates during deglaciation of the Lake Michigan Lobe, northeastern Illinois, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 41(4):58
Curry, B.B., 2006. Subtle ice-walled lake terraces identified and mapped with shaded relief maps of 2-ft DEMs from aerial photography or LIDAR. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 38(7): 164. (Warning: 33M PDF file)
Journal Publications and Book Chapters
Curry, B.B., D.A. Grimley, and D. McKay, in review, Quaternary glaciations of Illinois, In J. Ehlers (ed.) Quaternary Glaciations of North America, Springer-Verlag (invited).
Curry, B.B. and G. Filippelli, in press, Impacts of seasonal anoxia on microbiota (ostracodes) and sediment chemistry at Crystal Lake, Illinois. Limnology and Oceanography.
Curry, B.B., M.E. Konen, T.H. Larson, C.H. Yansa, K.C. Hackley, J.H. Alexanderson, and T.V. Lowell, 2010. The DeKalb mounds of northeastern Illinois as archives of deglacial history and postglacial environments, Quaternary Research 74 : 82-90. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2010.04.009.
Jacobs, P.M., M.E. Konen, B.B. Curry, 2009, Pedogenesis of a catena of the Farmdale—Sangamon Geosol complex in the north central United States. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 282 (2009) 119-132.
Grimley, D.A., D. Larsen, S.W. Kaplan, C.H. Yansa, B.B. Curry, and E.A. Oches, 2009, A multi-proxy palaeoecological and paleoclimate record within full glacial lacustrine deposits, western Tennessee, USA, Journal of Quaternary Science 24: 1-23.
Curry, B.B., 2008 (editor), Deglacial History and Paleoenvironments of Northeastern Illinois, 54th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference, May 16-18, 2008, DeKalb, Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey Open File 2008-1, 175 p.
Curry, B.B., E.C. Grimm, J.E. Slate, B.C. Hansen and M.E. Konen, 2007, The late glacial and early Holocene geology, paleoecology, and paleohydrology of the Brewster Creek site, a proposed wetland restoration site, Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve and James "Pate" Philip State Park, Bartlett, Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 571, 50 p.
Forester, R.M., A.J. Smith, D.F. Palmer, and B.B. Curry, 2006. North American Non-Marine Ostracode Database "NANODe", Version 1, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA.
Recent Grant Awards
Grimm, E.C., B.B. Curry, and J.W. Williams, 09/2006 to 09/2008, "Collaborative Research: A Late-Glacial Model System for Studying Fine-Scale Vegetational Responses to Abrupt Climate Chgange" funded by the Ecology program of the National Science Foundation Program. Amount: $499,000.
Submitted (with T. Lowell) "Collaborative Research: Laurentide Ice Sheet: the Initial Decay and Implications", submitted 07/2010 to the Division of Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, National Science Foundation.
Ordering information for Illinois State Geological Survey Publications.
Updated 10/07/2011 SLD