Charles Savrda

Office: Petrie 204

210 Petrie Hall
Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-4887
Fax: (334) 844-4486

Trace Fossils (ichnofossils or biogenic sedimentary structures) and their use in stratigraphic, paleoenvironmental, paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic

Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Southern California
M.S., Geosciences, University of Southern California
B.A., Geology, Rutgers University


Professor, Auburn University
Interim Dean, COSAM, Auburn University
Professor and Chair, Auburn University
Associate Professor, Auburn University

1995 - Present
2010 - 2013
2005 - 2010
1991 - 1995

When not tied up with administrative duties, Dr. Savrda teaches undergraduate courses in Historical Geology, Sedimentary Petrology, and Field Camp. On the graduate level, he teaches Directed Studies in Ichnology and co-teaches Petrology, Geology of Organic Matter, Facies Analysis and Sequence Stratigraphy, Cycles through Earth History, and Issues in Paleontology.

Dr. Savrda’s research emphasizes trace fossils (ichnofossils or biogenic sedimentary structures) and their use in stratigraphic, paleoenvironmental, and paleoceanographic analyses. Interests include: (1) organic-rich mudrocks and benthic oxygenation histories of Phanerozoic marine basins; (2) orbital-climate forcing and rhythmic bedding in North American Cretaceous chalk/marl sequences; (3) Recent and Cretaceous marginal marine facies and associated fossil-lagerstätten; (4) Cretaceous and Tertiary sequence stratigraphy and the ichno-sedimentologic record of sea-level dynamics in marine strata; and (5) ichnosedimentology of storm deposits and associated fair-weather facies. Dr. Savrda plans to renew his efforts in these areas upon completion of his service as Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Dr. Savrda currently serves as associate editor of the journal Ichnos. In the past, he has served as Co-Editor of the SEPM journal Palaios, as a distinguished lecturer for the Paleontological Society, and as a scientific crew member on ODP Leg 174A. He is the co-author of a well-received laboratory manual for Historical Geology (Deciphering Earth History-Exercises in Historical Geology, 3rd Edition, with R.A. Gastaldo and R.D. Lewis), and is active in various K-12 outreach activities. 

  1. Savrda, C.E., 2012, Chalk and related deep-marine carbonates: in Knaust, D., and Bromley, R.G., eds., Trace Fossils as Indicators of Sedimentary Environments, Developments in Sedimentology 64, Elsevier, Amsterdam, p. 777-806.
  2. Savrda, C.E., *Counts, J.W., *Bigham, E., and *Martin, S., 2010, Ichnology of siliceous facies in the Eocene Tallahatta Formation (eastern United Stated Gulf coastal plain): Implications for depositional conditions, storm processes, and diagenesis: Palaios, v. 25, p. 642-655.
  3. *Knight, T.K., *Bingham, P.S., Grimaldi, D., Anderson, K., Lewis, R.D., and Savrda, C.E., 2010, A new Upper Cretaceous (Santonian) amber deposit from the Eutaw Formation of eastern Alabama, USA: Cretaceous Research, v. 35, p. 85-93.
  4. *Bingham, P.S., Savrda, C.E., *Knight, T.K., and Lewis, R.D., 2008, Character and genesis of the Ingersoll shale, a compact terrestrial fossil-lagerstätte, Upper Cretaceous Eutaw Formation, eastern Alabama: Palaios, v. 23, p. 391-401.
  5. Savrda, C.E., 2007, Taphonomy of trace fossils: in Miller, W., III, ed., Trace Fossils: Concepts, Problems, Prospects, Elsevier, p. 92-109.

*Designates undergraduate or graduate student co-authors

Last updated: 11/25/2014