André W. Droxler


Room Number: K. Wiess Geol. Lab. 205
(713) 240-6518 or (713) 348-4885
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Biographical Info

I am a professor in the Department of Earth Science and currently the Track Director of the Science Master's Program - Subsurface Geoscience. My research has focused on studying the morphology of and the sediments accumulating on slopes and basin floors surrounding coral reefs and carbonate platforms. Over the past 30 years, I have conducted research programs mostly in the Bahamas, offshore Jamaica, along the Belize margin, in the western Gulf of Mexico, in the Maldives (Indian Ocean), along the Australian Great Barrier Reef and in the Gulf of Papua (Papua New Guinea). The main focuses of my research include the regional and global evolution of coral reefs through time, the paleo-oceanographic/climatic and sea level records archived in the sediments deposited around reefs and carbonate platforms. In contrast with my 30 years plus research a s a marine geologist, I am currently conducting research on Upper Cambrian Microbial Reefs in Mason County, Central Texas funded by an Industry Consortium in collaboration with my colleague Prof. Dan Lehrmann atTrinity University in San Antonio (Texas). Video on our Microbial Research:
My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and grants from oil and gas companies.
Before becoming an assistant professor at Rice in January 1987, I was a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of South Carolina from 1985 to 1986. I received my Master’s degree equivalent from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in 1978 and earned his Ph.D. from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami (Florida) in 1984.


M.S. University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, 1978
Ph.D. University of Miami, 1984


carbonate sedimentology, reef and carbonate evolution through time, climate and sea level change.

Selected Publications

Brandon B. Harper, Ángel Puga-Bernabéu, André W Droxler, Jody M. Webster, Eberhard Gischler, Manish Tiwari, Tania Lado-Insua, Alex L. Thomas, Sally Morgan, Luigi Jovane, and Ursula Röhl
"Mixed Carbonate–Siliciclastic Sedimentation Along the Great Barrier Reef Upper Slope: A Challenge To the Reciprocal Sedimentation Model"
Journal of Sedimentary Research September 2015 85:1019-1036; published online September 2, 2015, doi:10.2110/jsr.2015.58.1

Andre Willy Droxler, Ayca Agar Cetin and Samuel J Bentley
Centennial and Extreme Climate Variability in the Last 1500 Year from the Belize Central Shelf Lagoon (Central America): Successive Droughts and Floods Linked to the Demise of the Mayan Civilization
2014 AGU Fall Meeting Abstract

KC Denommee, SJ Bentley, and AW Droxler
"Climatic controls on hurricane patterns: a 1200-y near-annual record from Lighthouse Reef, Belize"
ARTICLE in SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 4:3876 · JANUARY 2014, DOI: 10.1038/srep03876

André W. Droxler and Stéphan J. Jorry
Deglacial Origin of Barrier Reefs Along Low-Latitude Mixed Siliciclastic and Carbonate Continental Shelf Edges
Annual Review of Marine Science, Vol. 5: 165-190 (Volume publication date January 2013)
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-marine-121211-172234