Maurice Meylan

Professor (Emeritus)


B.A. 1964 State University of New York at Buffalo
M.S. 1968 Florida State University
Ph.D.  1978 University of Hawaii
Retired Spring 2009 (29 years at Southern Miss)


  • GLY 308 Structural Geology
  • GLY 401/501 Sedimentology
  • GLY 450/550 Geologic Marine Science
  • GLY 470/570 Petroleum Geology
  • GLY 608 Gulf Coast Geology


Geologic mapping of southern Mississippi, focusing on criteria for distinguishing mapping units.

In 2009 I retired from the university after serving for 29 years in the Department of Geology. During that time I served about every role in the department that I could, including a term as chair. I have continued to work daily with the acquisition and management of the department's special collections, including the research library and well logs. I continue to serve on research and thesis committees. My interests and professional activities continue to be:

  • Relationship between surface mapping units and stratigraphic units define in the subsurface of southern Mississippi.
  • Subsurface stratigraphy and structure of southern Mississippi, particularly the interaction between salt and fault tectonics and sediment accumulation, and on a larger scale, the structural development of the Mississippi Salt Basin as it served as an Early Cretaceous depocenter
  • Upper Cretaceous and Cenozoic sequence stratigraphy along the Lower Cretaceous shelf margin hingeline
  • Nature and recognition of sediment facies boundaries
  • Pathways of migration for petroleum in the Mississippi Salt Basin
  • Marine ferromanganese oxide mineral deposits (nodules and crusts)
  • Diagenetic alteration of marine volcanic ash layers to smectite and phillipsite