B. Brandon Curry

B. Brandon Curry, Ph.D.
Assistant Section Head
Senior Quaternary Geologist
Quaternary and Engineering Geology
217-244-2785 (Fax)
  • Ph.D. Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995
  • M.S. Geology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1984
  • B.A. Geology, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1980
Research Interests: 
  • Glacial stratigraphy and environmental geology
  • Paleohydrology, Paleolimnology, ostracodes
  • History and paleoenvironments of the last deglaciation
Current Research Projects: 
  • Geologic mapping of the Illiana Heights Quadrangle
  • Paleohydrology, paleovegetation, and paleoclimate since the last glaciation in northeastern Illinois
  • Ice-walled lake deposits; age and environments
Selected Publications: 

Recent Maps

Curry, B.B., Grimley, D. A., and Bruegger, A. R., 2013, Surficial Geology of Kane County, Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1:62,500. Three sheets.

Curry, B.B. and H. Fineberg, 2013, Surficial Geology of Naperville Quadrangle, DuPage County, Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1:24,000. Two sheets.

Curry, B.B. and J. F. Thomason, 2012, Surficial Geology of Huntley Quadrangle, Kane and McHenry Counties, Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1:24,000. Two sheets.

Recent Presentations

Curry, B., Mesquita-Joanes, F., Fanta, S., Sterner, D., Calò, C. and Tinner, W., 2013, Two coastal sinkhole lakes in SW Sicily (Italy) reveal low-salinity excursion during Greek and Roman occupation, Il Naturalista Siciliano 37, no. 1, pp. 93-95.

Curry, B.B., 2013, Superposed ice-walled lake deposits, northeastern Illinois, Geological Society of America Abstracts With Programs Vol. 45, no. 4, p. 4.

Curry, B.B. and E.R. Hajic, 2012, Large meltwater events associated with the Lake Michigan lobe during the last deglaciation, Illinois, USA, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 44, No. 7, p.454.

Curry, B. B., and A. J. Smith, 2012, NACODe (North American Combined Ostracode Database); introduction and application, Kölner Forum Geol. Paläont., 21, p. 10

Journal Publications and Book Chapters

Curry, B., Hajic, E., Befus, K., Clark, J. and Carrell, J., 2014 (in press), The Kankakee Torrent and other large meltwater flooding events during the last deglaciation, Illinois, USA, Quaternary Science Reviews

Calò, C.; Henne, P. D., Curry, B., Magny, M., Vescovi; E., La Mantia, T., Pasta; S., Vannière, B. and Tinner, W., 2012, Spatio-temporal patterns of Holocene vegetation change in southern Sicily, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 323-325:110-122.

Curry, B. B., Delorme, L. D., Smith, A. J., Palmer, D. F. and Stiff, B. J., 2012, The biogeography and physicochemical characteristics of aquatic habitats of freshwater ostracodes in Canada and the United States, In: Horne, D.J., Holmes, J.A., Rodriguez-Lazaro, J. & Viehberg, F. (Eds.), Ostracoda as proxies for Quaternary Climate Change. Developments in Quaternary Science, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 85-115.

Curry, B.B., Grimley. D. A. and McKay, E. D. III, 2011, Quaternary Glaciations in Illinois. In J. Ehlers, P.L. Gibbard and P.D. Hughes (Eds.), Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology, Developments in Quaternary Science 15, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 467-487.

Curry, B. B., H. Wang, S. V. Panno, and K. C. Hackley, 2010, Quaternary Paleoclimate (Chapter 13), in D. R. Kolata and C. K Nimz (Eds.), Geology of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, IL, pp. 248-260.

Curry, B. and J. Petras, 2011, Chronological framework for the deglaciation of the Lake Michigan lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet from ice-walled lake deposits, Journal of Quaternary Science: 26(4) 402–410.

Curry, B. B., M. E. Konen, T. H. Larson, C. H. Yansa, K. C. Hackley; J. H. Alexanderson, and T. V. Lowell, 2010.  The DeKalb mounds of northeastern Illinois as archives of deglacial history and postglacial environments, Quaternary Research 74: 82–90.

Curry, B. B. and G. M. Filippelli, 2010, Episodes of low dissolved oxygen indicated by ostracodes and sediment geochemistry at Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA, Limnology and Oceanography. 55(6), 2010, 2403–2423 doi:10.4319/lo.2010.55.6.2403

Curry, B.B., M.E. Konen, T.H. Larson, C.H. Yansa, K.C. Hackley, J.H. Alexanderson, and T.V. Lowell, 2010. The DeKalb mounds of northeastern Illinois as archives of deglacial history and postglacial environments, Quaternary Research 74 : 82-90. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2010.04.009.

Web Site

Forester, R.M., A.J. Smith, D.F. Palmer, and B.B. Curry, 2006. North American Non-Marine Ostracode Database "NANODe", Version 1, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA.

Recent Grant Awards

Grimm, E.C., B.B. Curry, and J.W. Williams, 09/2006 to 09/2008, "Collaborative Research: A Late-Glacial Model System for Studying Fine-Scale Vegetational Responses to Abrupt Climate Chgange" funded by the Ecology program of the National Science Foundation Program. Amount: $499,000.

Grant Proposals

Lowell, T.V., B.B. Curry, and E. R. Hajic, 01/13/2012, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Division, “Collaborative Research: Initial Deglaciation of the Laurentide Ice Sheet – Timing, Magnitude, and Meltwater Production” (not funded).

Submitted (with T. Lowell) "Collaborative Research: Laurentide Ice Sheet: the Initial Decay and Implications", submitted 07/2010 to the Division of Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, National Science Foundation. (not funded)

Curry, B.B. and Filippelli, G.M., submitted 10/20/2013 to Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change Division: Collaborative Research: Holocene climate change and anthropogenic landscape evolution in southwestern Sicily elucidated from high-resolution lake sediment core analysis” (in review)