Gary E. Stinchcomb


Associate Professor
Watershed Studies Institute & Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
432 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071

Website: Stinchcomb Lab

Ph.D. Baylor University, 2012
M.S., Temple University, 2007
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2001

EES 336, Principles of Geomorphology
EES/ARC 390, Geoarchaeology
EES 424, Conservation and Environmental Geology
EES 616 Isotope Geochemistry

Soil geomorphology, Paleosols, Geoarchaeology
For more information on research and projects, and a complete list of publications, visit the Stinchcomb Lab.

Selected Publications 

Stinchcomb, G.E. and Beverly, E., 2019. The Role of the Paleo-Critical Zone in Shaping Quaternary Hominin Evolution. Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, p.95.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Kim, H., Hasenmueller, E. A., Sullivan, P. L., Sak, P. B., Brantley, S. L., 2018, Relating soil gas to weathering using rock and regolith geochemistry: American Journal of Science, v. 318, 727-763, DOI 10.2475/07.2018.01

Kim, H., Stinchcomb, G., Brantley, S. L. 2017, Feedbacks among O2 and CO2 in deep soil gas, oxidation of ferrous minerals, and fractures: A hypothesis for steady-state regolith thickness: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 460, 29-40.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Nordt, L. C., Driese, S. G., Lukens, W. E., Williamson, F. C., Tubbs, J. D., 2016, A data-driven model designed to predict paleoclimate using paleosols: American Journal of Science, v. 316, 32 p.

Yesavage, T., Stinchcomb, G. E., Fantle, M. S., Sak, P., Kasznel, A., Brantley, S. L., 2016, Investigation of a diabase-derived regolith profile from Pennsylvania: Mineralogy, chemistry and Fe isotope fractionation: Geoderma 273, 83-97.

Lattanzi, G. D., Stinchcomb, G. E., 2015, Isotopic analysis of museum-archived soil samples from archaeological sites: A case-study using the Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark, USA: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 4, 86-94.

Forman, S. L., Stinchcomb, G. E., 2015, Views on grand research challenges for Quaternary Geology, geomorphology and environments: Frontiers in Earth Science 3:47.

Hasenmueller, E. A., Jin, L., Stinchcomb, G. E., Lin, H., Brantley, S. L., Kaye, J. P., 2015, Topographic controls on the depth distribution of soil CO2 in a small temperate watershed: Applied Geochemistry 63, 58-69.

Messner, T. C., Stinchcomb, G. E., 2015, Peopling the environment: Interdisciplinary Inquiries into Socioecological Systems. In John M. Marston, Jade d'Alpoim Guedes, and Christina Warinner (Ed.), Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany: Boulder: University of Colorado Press, pp. 257-274.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Messner, T. C., Stewart, R. M., Driese, S. G., 2014, Estimating fluxes in anthropogenic lead using alluvial soil mass-balance geochemistry, geochronology and archaeology in eastern USA: Anthropocene 8, 25-38.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Driese, S. G., Nordt, L. C., DiPietro, L., and Messner, T.C. 2014, Early Holocene soil cryoturbation in northeastern USA: Implications for archaeological site formation: Quaternary International 342, 186-198.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Peppe, D. J., 2014, The influence of time on the magnetic properties of late Quaternary periglacial and alluvial surface and buried soils along the Delaware River, USA: Frontiers in Earth Science 2, 17.

Ferraro, J. V., Binetti, K. M., Stinchcomb, G. E., Manthi, F. K., 2013, Farre: an early Middle Pleistocene archaeological locality in the Chalbi basin, northern Kenya: Antiquity 87:338.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Stewart, R. M., Messner, T. C., Nordt, L. C., Driese, S. G., Allen, P. M., 2013, Using event stratigraphy to map the Anthropocene - An example from the historic coal mining region in eastern Pennsylvania, USA: Anthropocene 2, 42-50.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Messner, T. C., Williamson, F. C., Driese, S. G., and Nordt, L. C., 2013, Climatic and human controls on Holocene vegetation changes in eastern Pennsylvania based on the isotopic composition of soil organic carbon: Quaternary Research 79, 377-390.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Driese, S. G., Nordt, L. C., and Allen, P. M., 2012, A mid to late Holocene history of floodplain and terrace reworking along the middle Delaware River Valley, USA: Geomorphology 169-170, 123-141.

Stinchcomb, G. E., Messner, T. C., Driese, S. G., Nordt, L. C., and Stewart, R. M., 2011, Pre-colonial (A.D. 1,100–1,600) sedimentation related to prehistoric maize agriculture and climate change in eastern North America: Geology 39, 363-366.

Stinchcomb, G. E., 2003, Geoarchaeological Investigation at the Rivercrest Site (36MG112): Sand Grain Granulometric Analysis as an Interpretive Tool in Upland Setting Site Formation: Pennsylvania Archaeologist 73, 55-74.

The Leakey Foundation, “Investigating Middle Stone Age stone (MSA) artifacts and associated hominin at Gona, Afar, Ethiopia”: $18,000 awarded to co-PIs – Sileshi Semaw and Mike Rogers. Start: December 31, 2015, End: December 31, 2016. G. Stinchcomb served as collaborator only.

The Leakey Foundation, “The Oldowan-Acheulian transition at Gona, Ethiopia: Archaeological and geological studies: $18,000 awarded to co-PIs – Mike Rogers and Sileshi Semaw. Start: December 31, 2014, End: December 31, 2015. G Stinchcomb served as collaborator only.

Murray State University (CISR), Using Innovative Age Dating to Quantify Hillslope and Fluvial Processes, $4953.35, PI: Stinchcomb, G., Start: January 2016; End: June 2016. Research support for one undergraduate.

NSF-BCS 1524036, Collaborative Research: Middle Pleistocene Hominin Behavior and Paleoecology at Farre, Chalbi Basin, Northern Kenya.  PIs: Ferraro, J., Binetti, K., Uno, K., Stinchcomb, G., $20,000 (Murray State), Start: August 15, 2015; End: July 31, 2017.

USGS & KWRRI, Measuring Water Quality and Subsurface Restoration Effects along the Obion Creek Floodplain, western KY, PIs: Stinchcomb, G., Smith, A., $5,000 (Murray State), Start: March 1, 2015; End: February 29, 2016. Research support for one undergraduate

Murray State University, Category I supplemental funding and learning enhancement for purchase of a Temperature-Dependent Magnetic Susceptibility System, $18,435, PIs: Stinchcomb, G., Ortmann, A., 2015.

Murray State University (CISR), Floodplain Restoration Effects on Environmental Wellness in Western Kentucky, $4,984, PI: Stinchcomb, G., Start: January 2015; End: June 2015.

National Park Service, Supplemental funding for 14C dating, $2,400, 2010.

Geological Society of America, Graduate Student Research Grant, $3,600, 2010.

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Association of American Geographers
Geological Society of America
Soil Science Society of America
PAGES - Past Global Changes international working group