Associate Professor of Geology
Office: Hilbun Hall Room
Phone: (662) 325-2910
Fax: (662) 325-9423
Hi. Im one of the soft-rock
geologists at MSU. My training is in sandstone petrology and petrography,
and clay mineralogy. I teach mineralogy, sedimentary geology, optical
mineralogy and petrology, geochemistry, and clay mineralogy and
Before coming to State I was involved
in a lot of research on nannobacteria the incredibly small,
Life-on-Mars-like-features that may be important to processes as
diverse as sandstone diagenesis to the formation of arterial plaque.
Much of my research these days continues to deal with the intimate
interactions between organic material (humus, bacteria, and nannobacteria)
and minerals. I've had several graduate students work on the geologic
aspects of microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) with researchers
in the Department of Biology, and Im also collaborating with
a colleague from the Department of Plants and Soil Sciences looking
at mineral/organic interactions in natural and anthropogenically
modified soils. I'm staying true to my muddy roots though and have
a grad student looking at the strange and bizarre clay mineralogy
of the Yazoo Formation, responsible for cracked foundations and
roller-coaster roads throughout Mississippi. Go to my
Page for more info.
The facilities to undertake these
and many other interesting research projects exist at MSU. Im
a North Jersey guy (you gotta problem with
that?) and Im happy in a small college town in Mississippi.
Whod have thunk it?
Ph.D., The University of Texas at
M.S., Dartmouth College, 1985
B.S., Tufts University, 1981
Associate Professor of Geology, Mississippi
State University, present
Assistant Professor of Geology, Mississippi State University, 1999-2004
Research Associate, The University of Texas at Austin, 1994-1999
Instructor, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas, 1995-1997
Clay Mineralogist, Exxon Production Research Company, Houston, Texas,
Field Technician, N. J. Department of Environmental Protection,
Field Technician, Rocky Mountain Energy Company, summer 1979
The Top 5 List: Five (Favorite?
Best? Significant?) Pubs
Lynch, F. L., 1996, Mineral-water
interaction, fluid flow, and Frio sandstone diagenesis: evidence
from the rocks: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin,
v. 80, p. 486-504.
Lynch, F. L., Mack, L. E., and Land,
L. S., 1997, Burial-diagenesis of illite/smectite in shales and
the origins of authigenic quartz and secondary porosity in sandstones:
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta., v. 61, p. 1995-2006.
Lynch, F. L., and Land, L. S., 1996,
Diagenesis of calcite cement in Frio Formation sandstones and its
relationship to formation water chemistry: Journal of Sedimentary
Research, v. 66, p. 439-446.
Kirkland, B. L., Lynch, F. L., Rahnis,
M. A., Folk, R. L., Molineux, I. J., and McLean, R. J. C., 1999,
Alternative origins for nannobacteria-like objects in calcite: Geology,
v. 27, p. 347-350.
Folk, R. L., and Lynch, F. L., 2001,
Organic matter, putative nannobacteria, and the formation of ooids
and hardgrounds: Sedimentology, v. 48, pp. 215-229.
Associate editor Journal of Sedimentary
Registered Professional Geologist (#1848) Texas Board of Professional
Member Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
Member Clay Minerals Society
Member Geological Society of America
Chair, SEPM Clastic Diagenesis Research Group, Baton Rouge, 2000
Co-Chair, SEPM Clastic Diagenesis Research Group, San Antonio, 1999
APA Souvenir Glass Collection