Dr. Franseen's research primarily involves sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonate and siliciclastic strata. His research approach is integrative and projects to date have utilized Ioutcrop and subsurface data, high-resolution and conventional seismic methods, ground- penetrating radar, paleomagnetic methods, biostratigraphy, petrography, geochemical techniques, and computer modeling to better discern variables such as global, regional and local sea-level fluctuations, paleoceanographic conditions, climate, paleotopography, and autogenic processes that control carbonate depositional systems.
Dr. Franseen is a Principal Investigator for the Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonates Consortium (KICC), which is sponsored by petroleum industry companies. The research overview button on the upper panel at this site illustrates some of the types of current and proposed research projects on carbonate systems.
Field research and field trips with graduate students are a major focus. The following link is a short movie showing parts of a field trip led to Miocene-Pliocene Carbonate Sequences in Spain for students from KU and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez: http://www.geo.ku.edu/~geology/fieldActivities/Spain_Field_Trip.m4v
- Sequence stratigraphy
- And diagenesis of carbonate and siliciclastic strata
- Integration of outcrop and subsurface studies
- High-resolution and conventional seismic methods
- Ground-penetrating radar
- Paleomagnetic methods