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Sally Sutton, Colorado State University

Dr. Sutton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University (CSU).  She earned a B.S. in Geology and Mineralogy from the University of Michigan followed by a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati in 1987 where she completed a dissertation on the development of directional fabric in shales.  Dr. Sutton spent five years at the University of Texas at Austin as a research scientist, where she managed electron microbeam labs and conducted research on the mineralogy and geochemistry of shales and sandstones, including on characterizing evidence of ancient fluid pathways.  In 1992 she moved to CSU as an Assistant Professor, where she has engaged in teaching at all levels and has continued to work on shales, especially on using geochemical and textural aspects to understand and predict fluid permeability.  She received a Fulbright Fellowship to study mineralized shales of the Central African Copperbelt and a visiting professorship with Chevron to study controls on shale permeability to hydrocarbons.  She has served in a variety of administrative roles at CSU and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sedimentary Research.