Dr. Donald W. Neal - Associate Professor
Office Graham 310
Phone 252-328-4392
Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Petrology
Ph.D. West Virginia University (1979)
M.S. Eastern Kentucky University (1975)
B.S. College of William and Mary (1973)


Dr. Neal may be reached via Email : neald@ecu.edu  

Theses I have directed.

Possible thesis research topics.

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Current Professional and Scholarly Interests

My research interests are in various aspects of stratigraphy, sedimentary petrology, and the geology of fossil fuel energy resources. Collectively, they may be included under the broad heading of basin analysis. The focus of my current research is the integration of surface and subsurface stratigraphic and petrologic development of the Central Appalachian Basin. Specific areas of ongoing and future research include: (1) stratigraphy and geologic history of Upper Mississippian clastic sequence in the Central Appalachian Basin; (2) Carboniferous paleoclimates; (3) changing provenance of siliciclastic sediments in the Central Appalachian Basin; and (4) the geology of sandstone petroleum reservoirs in the Central Appalachian Basin, (5) mixed carbonate-siliciclastic 'limestones' in the Central Appalachian Basin.


Selected Publications

Lawrence, Sally K., Lawrence, David P. , Neal, Donald W.; 2001. Teaching the Practice of Geology and Communication Using John McPhee's Books. Journal of Geoscience Education.49:36-43.

Neal, Donald, 1999, Cyclicity in the Upper Mississippian Bluefield Formation, Central Appalachian Foreland Basin, Programme with Abstracts, XIV International Congress on the Carboniferous-Permian, p. 103.

Neal, Donald, and Corbitt, Lisa B., 1999, Petrology and Diagenesis of Mixed Carbonate and Siliciclastic Sediments, Bluefield Formation, Central Appalachian Basin. GSA Abstacts With Programs, Vol. 31, No. 7, p. A281.

Neal, Donald, 1998. Stratigraphic Framework of Basin-Center Gas Production,
Upper Mississippian Bluefield Formation, West Virginia. Geological Society of America
Abstracts with Programs. 30: 52.

Beuthin, Jack D. and Neal, Donald W., 1998, Upper Mississippian paleosols as indicators of allocyclic and autocyclic events, southern West Virginia.   Field trip guidebook, Southeastern Section, Geological Society of America.16 p.

Neal, Donald, 1997. Hydrocarbon Resources in Upper Mississippian Sandstone Reservoirs, Central Appalachian Foreland Basin, West Virginia. Proceedings of the XIII International Congress on the Carboniferous and Permian. 2:361-365.

 Neal, D. W., 1994, Late Mississippian Anoxia in the Central Appalachian Foreland Basin: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 26, no. 7, p. A247.

 Neal, Donald W., 1995, Paleosols and Floodplain Development in the Upper Mississippian Hinton Formation, Southem West Virginia: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 27, no. 2, p. 77.

 Neal, D. W., 1992, The Ashland-Clark Gap-Eckman Field, Southern West Virginia (abs), 23rd Annual Appalachian Petroleum Geology Symposium.

 Neal, D.W., 1992, The Mauch Chunk Clastic Wedge--An Overview (abs), 23rd Annual Appalachian Petroleum Geology Symposium.

 Neal, D.W., 1992, Paleosols in the Lower Carboniferous Hinton Formation of the Central Appalachian Basin, USA (abs), XII International Congress on Carboniferous and Permian Geology and Stratigraphy, Abstracts, p. 63.

 Beuthin, J. D., Neal, D.W., 1990; A Mid-Carboniferous Paleovalley in the Central Appalachians: An Ancient "Big River"? (abs), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 22, p. A44.