Michael D. Blum

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Ritchie Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 325
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


A top sedimentologist from ExxonMobil is joining KU Geology as the first Ritchie Distinguished Professor of Geology. Michael D. Blum, a Research Adviser at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. will take up his new post at KU in August.

Blum earned his bachelor’s (1983), master’s (1987), and doctorate (1992) from the University of Texas in Austin. Before joining ExxonMobil in 2008, he served as the Harrison Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University. He has also held faculty positions at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Southern Illinois University.

A past president of SEPM’s Gulf Coast Section, Blum’s research focuses on fluvial and  coastal sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy of continental and shallow-marine successions, global to regional sea-level change, geologic responses to global change, and source-to-sink sediment dispersal in the stratigraphic record.

The Ritchie Professorship is supported by a generous gift from Scott Ritchie (BS ’54) and Carol Ritchie (music education ’54).


, The University of Texas at Austin

Masters, The University of Texas at Austin

Bachelors, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • Earth-surface processes
  • Fluvial and coastal sedimentology
  • Geologic responses to global climate and sea-level change
  • Source-to-sink sediment dispersal in the stratigraphic record

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