Autogenic scour of the Page Sandstone

Autogenic scour of the Page Sandstone


The driving goal of my science is to better connect sedimentary dynamics with the rock record. To this end, I perform research examining ancient strata exposed in the field, active sedimentary systems, the surface of Mars with remote sensing data, and Earth’s subsurface with 3D seismic volumes. I value quantitative approaches, collaboration with diverse expertise, and getting my hands dirty and making measurements.

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*Undergraduate mentee

In Preparation

2. *Zhao, F., Cardenas, B.T., and Kim, W., Aeolian grainflows: from surface process to subsurface record.

1. Cardenas, B.T., Swartz, J.M., Mohrig, D., and Prokocki, E.W., Setting up the preservation of fluvial channel belts.

In Review

4. Mason, J., Cardenas, B.T., Day, M.D., Daniller-Varghese, M., Brothers, S.C., Kocurek, G., and Mohrig, D., Subaqueous dune-field pattern evolution and interactions. In review at Sedimentology.

3. Cardenas, B.T., Swanson, T., Goudge, T.A., Wagner, R.W., and Mohrig, D., The effect of remote sensing resolution limits on aeolian sandstone measurements and the reconstruction of ancient dune fields on Mars: Numerical experiment using the Page Sandstone, Earth. In review at Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. Preprint available on EarthArxiv:

2. Cardenas, B.T., Mohrig, D., Goudge, T.A., Hughes, C.M., Levy, J.S., Swanson, T., Mason, J., and Zhao, F., Anatomy of exhumed river-channel belts: Reconstructing bedform- and belt-scale kinematics from the Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah, USA. In review at Sedimentology. Preprint available on EarthArxiv:

1. Cardenas, B.T., and Smith, B.P., Grainstone cross-set geometry as a resilient physical proxy for ancient marine cements. In review at Geology. Preprint available on EarthArxiv:



6. Swanson, T., Mohrig, D., Kocurek, G., Cardenas, B.T., Wolinsky, M.A. (2019) Preservation of autogenic processes and allogenic forcings within set-scale aeolian architecture I: numerical experiments: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 89, p. 728-740.

5. Cardenas, B.T., Kocurek, G., Mohrig, D., Swanson, T., Hughes, C.M., and Brothers, S.C. (2019), Preservation of autogenic processes and allogenic forcings within set-scale aeolian architecture II: the scour-fill dominated Jurassic Page Sandstone, Arizona, USA.: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 89, p. 741-760.

4. Kocurek, G., Martindale, R.C., Day, M.D., Goudge, T.A., Kerans, C., Hassenruck-Gudipati, H.J., Mason, J., Cardenas, B.T., Petersen, E.I., Mohrig, D., Aylward, D.S., Hughes, C.M., and Nazworth, C.M. (2019) Antecedent aeolian dune topographic control on carbonate and evaporate facies: Jurassic Todilto Member, Wanakah Formation, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Sedimentology, v. 66, p. 808-837.

3. *Hughes, C.M., Cardenas, B.T., Goudge, T.A., and Mohrig, D. (2019) Deltaic Deposits Indicative of a Paleo-Coastline at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars. Icarus, v. 317, p. 442-453.

2. Goudge, T.A., Mohrig, D., Cardenas, B.T., Hughes, C.M., and Fassett, C.I. (2018) Stratigraphy and Paleohydrology of Delta Channel Deposits, Jezero Crater, Mars. Icarus, v. 301, p. 58-75.

1. Cardenas, B.T., Mohrig, D., and Goudge, T.A. (2018), Fluvial stratigraphy of valley fills at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Evidence for base-level fluctuations controlled by a downstream water body. GSA Bulletin, v. 130, p. 484-498. 


2. Cardenas, B.T. (2019) The accumulation and preservation of fluvial and aeolian strata. PhD Dissertation, University of Texas at Austin.

1. Cardenas, B.T. (2014) Evidence for coastline-controlled changes in base level from fluvial stratigraphy at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars. MS Thesis, University of Texas at Austin.