Sam Boggs, Jr, Emeritus Professor

Department of Geological Sciences
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1272
Tel.  (541) 346-4553
FAX.  (541) 346-4692

Research Synopsis

My research group focuses on sedimentary petrology, particularly petrological and geochemical analysis of sandstones.  We use a variety of techniques and equipment (e.g., electron probe microanalysis, backscattered electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence, image analysis) to study sediment provenance, dispersal, and diagenesis.  Some recent projects include study of

The cathodoluminescence properties of quartz as a tool for provenance interpretation, identification of shocked quartz from meteorite-impact sites by using SEM-cathodoluminescence analysis, evaluation of the effectiveness of quartz cathodoluminescence color as a provenance tool, and petrographic and cathodoluminescence analysis of deep-sea sediments from the Cheju Basin, East China Sea..  We are currently cooperating in research with geologists from Norway and Korea.

Recent Publications


Provenance of Miocene sandstones from ODP Sites in the Japan Sea:Jour. Sedimentological Society of Japan, v. 38, p. 5-24; with Abbas Seyedolali (1993).

Three-dimensional, high-resolution, light microscopy: a new geological tool: Journal of Geological Education; v. 42, p. 476-480, with A. Seyedolali and others (1994).

Sedimentation in Western Pacific backarc basins: New insights from recent ODP drilling, in In Taylor, B., and J. Natland, eds., Active margins and marginal basins of the Western Pacific: American Geophysical Union Monograph 88 (with Kathleen M. Marsaglia and others, 1995).

Sedimentology: Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Science (1995).

Albitization of Miocene deep-sea sandstones from the Japan Sea backarc basin: Journal of Sedimentological Society of Japan,v.43, p. 1-18, with Abbas Seyedolali(1996)

Petrology of Late Paleozoic-Early Mesozoic Pyeongan Group sandstones, Gohan Area, South Korea and its Provenance and Tectonic Implications: Sedimentary Geology,v. 109, p. 321-338, with Kang-Min Yu and Gie-Hyeon Lee (1997).

Albitization of feldspars in sandstones from the Gohan (Permian) and Donggo (Permo-Triassic) formations, Gohan area, Kangwondo, Korea: Geoscience Journal (Korea), v. 1, p. 26-31, with Kang-Min Yu, Abbas Seyedolali, and Jaehong Ko. (1997)

Provenance interpretation of quartz by scanning electron microscope-cathodoluminescence fabric analysis: Geology, v. 25, p. 787-790, with  A. Seyedolali, D.Krinsley, P. O'Hara,  H.Dypvik, and G. Goles (1997).

Identification of shocked quartz by scanning cathodoluminescence imaging: Meteoritics and Planetary Science, v. 36, p. 783-791 (2001), with D.H. Krinsley,  G.G. Goles, A. Seyedolali, and H. Dypvik.

Is quartz cathodoluminescence color a reliable provenance tool? A quantitative examination: Journal of Sedimentary Research (2002), with Young-In Kwon, G.G. Goles, B.G. Rusk, D. Krinsley, and A. Seyedolali.

Provenance interpretation of Tertiary sandstones from the Cheju Basin (NE East China Sea): A comparison of scanning cathodoluminescence imaging and conventional petrographic techniques: Sedimentary Geology (2002), with Young-In Kwon.

Cathodoluminescence study of quartz recrystallization in contact-metamorphosed rocks of the Shimanto Supergroup, Kanto Mountains, Japan: Josai University Bulletin of Liberal Arts (Natural Science, Health, and Physical Education) (in press), with H. Kagami and H. Taniguchi: Kwon.


  1. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Merrill, Publ. Co.; 784 p. (l987).
  2. Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks, Macmillan Publishing Co.; 665 p. (1992).
  3. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 774 p. (1995)
  4. Backscattered electron microscopy and image analysis of sediments and sedimentary rocks: Cambridge University Press; 193 p.,  (1998)  [with D. Krinsley, K.Pye, and K. Tovey]
  5. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 726 p. (2001)
  6. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, 4th edition, Prentice Hall, 662 p. (2006)
  7. Application of cathodoluminescence imaging to study of sedimentary rocks: Cambridge University Press, 163 p. (2006), with David Krinsley.