• Combining petrographic and geochemical methods to decipher histories of chemical modification in sedimentary rocks.
• Petrographic methods: conventional light microscopy; statistical analysis of detrital and authigenic components, especially in sandstones; electron microbeam imaging techniques.
• Geochemical methods: electron microprobe analysis; stable isotopes.
B.A. Geology, Vanderbilt University, 1975
M.A. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1977
Ph.D. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1985
Present Position: Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology (May 2008–Present). Deep-burial diagenesis project.
Senior Research Scientist, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2004–May 2008). Microbeam and XRD facilities.
Research Scientist, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (1999–2004). Microbeam and XRD facilities.
Research Associate, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (1997–1999). Microbeam and XRD facilities.
Visiting Researcher, Institut Français du Pétrole (1996–1997).
Research Scientist Associate, Department of Geological Sciences (1987 - 1997).
Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences (1991–1995). Also 1998–present.
Research Geologist, Exxon Production Research Company (1985–1986).
Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (1979–1980).
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (1975–1979). Also in 1981.
Research Assistant, Geology Department, Vanderbilt University (1971–1975).
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Geological Society of America
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Awards and Honor Societies
Bronze Award for "Teaching with Technology," IITAP Program, The University of Texas at Austin, 2008
Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2008
AAPG J. Ben Carsey Distinguished Lecturer, 2005–2006
Bronze Award for "Teaching with Technology," IITAP Program, The University of Texas at Austin, 2003
SEPM Excellence in Poster Presentation Award (with co-authors), 2001
Industry-Supported Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 1982–1983
Petrography Award, The University of Texas at Austin, 1982
Second Place, GSA South-Central Section Annual Meeting, Best Presentation, 1977
Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 1971–1975
Fellowship, National Association of Geology Teachers, 1974
Chafetz, H. S., Wu, Z., and Milliken, K. L., 2008, Geochemistry of preserved Permian aragonitic cements in the tepees of the Guadalupe Mountains, West Texas and New Mexico: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 78, p. 187–198.
Day-Stirrat, R. J., Loucks, R. G., Milliken, K. L., Hillier, S., and van der Pluijm, B. A., 2008, Phyllosilicate orientation demonstrates early timing of compactional stabilization in calcite-cemented concretions in the Barnett Shale (Late Mississippian), Fort Worth Basin, Texas (U.S.A.): Sedimentary Geology, v. 28, no. 1–2, p. 27–35.
Milliken, K. L., 2007, Provenance and diagenesis of heavy minerals, Cenozoic units of the north-western Gulf of Mexico sedimentary basin, in Mange, M. A. and Wright, D. T., eds., Heavy minerals in use: Development in Sedimentology, v. 58, p. 247–261.
Milliken, K. L., Choh, S. -J., Papazis, P. K., and Schieber, J. S., 2007, “Cherty” stringers in the Barnett Shale are agglutinated foraminifera: Sedimentary Geology, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2006.12.012
Milliken, K. L., Choh, S. -J., and McBride, E. F., 2007, Sandstone petrology, v. 2.0: A tutorial petrographic image atlas, Multimedia CD-ROM: American Association of Petroleum Geologists/DataPages, Discovery Series No. 10 (Second Edition), Tulsa, Oklahoma, CD-ROM. Awarded AAPG Certificate of Merit.
Morgan, J. K., Clague, D. A., Borchers, D. C., Davis, A. S., and Milliken, K. L., 2007, Mauna Loa’s submarine western flank: landsliding, deep volcanic spreading, and hydrothermal alteration: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 8, no. 5, Q05002, doi:10.1029/2006GC001420.