Donald F. McNeill

 

 

Comparative Sedimentology and 
Division of Marine Geology & Geophysics 
Rosenstiel School
Marine & Atmospheric Science
University
of Miami

State of Florida Professional 
Geologist No. 273


Associate Scientist, Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), University of Miami

Contact

 

 

Dr. Donald F. McNeill 
RSMAS-MGG 
University of Miami 
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway 
Miami, Florida 33149

Telephone: 305 421-4790 
Fax: 305 421-4632 
dmcneill@rsmas.miami.edu

 

Biography

 

 

Postdoctoral Associate

California Institute of Technology

1990

Ph.D. (Marine Geology & Geophysics)

University of Miami (RSMAS)

1989

M.S. (Geology)

University of Florida

1983

B.S. (Geology)

State University of New York

1981

 

Major Research 
Interests

 

Sedimentation of Carbonates and Siliciclastics 
Stratigraphic correlation of geophysical logs 
Carbonate platform evolution, geometry, and diagenesis 
Magnetostratigraphy of platform carbonates and atolls 
Cenozoic global sea-level history 
 

Courses Taught

 

  • Sedimentation, MGG 511 
  • Magnetostratigraphy, MGG 585 
  • Evaluation Stratigraphic Methods, MGG 673 

Recent Publications

 

 

McNeill, D.F., and Kislak, J.I., Data Report: Paleomagnetism of carbonate sediments from Hole 1006A, Bahamas Transect Leg 166. In Swart, P.K., Eberli, G.P., and Malone, M., eds., Scientific Results, v. 166 (submitted 8/98). 

McNeill, D.F., Coates, A.G., Budd, A.F., and Borne, P.F., Stratigraphy of Late Neogene Caribbean reefs and siliciclastics: A coastal emergence record of the Isthmus of Panama. (in review for Geological Society of American Bulletin, submitted 8/98). 

Guertin, L.A., McNeill, D.F., Lidz, B.H., and Cunningham, K.J., 1999. Biochronology and trangressive/regressive signature in the late Neogene siliciclastic foundation (Long Key Formation) of the Florida Keys. (in press for Journal of Sedimentary Research, submitted 2/98). 

McNeill, D.F., Eberli, G.P., Lidz, B.H., Swart, P.K., and Kenter, J.A.M., 1999. Chronostratigraphy of prograding carbonate platform margins: A record of sea level changes and dynamic slope sedimentation, western Great Bahama Bank. (in press, SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology, Bahamas Drilling Project). 

Eberli, G.P., Anselmetti, F., Kenter, J.A.M., McNeill, D.F., Ginsburg, R.N., Swart, P.K., and Melim, L.A., 1999. Facies, diagenesis, and timing of prograding sequences on western Great Bahama Bank. (in press, SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology, Bahamas Drilling Project). 

Esker, D., Eberli, G.P. and McNeill, D.F., The structural and sedimentological controls on the reoccupation of Quaternary incised valleys, southern lagoon of Belize. Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull. (in press for November 1998). 

Grammer, G.M., Crescini, C., and McNeill, D.F., and Taylor, L.H., Quantifying rates of syndepositional marine cementation in deeper platform environments - new insight into a fundamental process. Journal of Sedimentary Research, (in press Jan. 1999 issue). 

Budd, A.F., Petersen, R., and McNeill, D.F., 1998. Gradational community change during faunal turnover: An example from the Neogene of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Palaios, v. 13, p. 170-188. 

Budd, A.F., and McNeill, D.F., 1998. Zooxanthellate scleractinian corals of the Bowden shell beds, southeast Jamaica. In Donovan, S.K., ed., The Pliocene Bowden shell bed, southeast Jamaica; Contr. Tert. Quatern. Geol., v., 35, p. 47-61, Leiden. 

Eberli, G.P., Swart, P.K., McNeill, D.F., Kenter, J.A.M., Anselmetti, F.S., Melim, L.A., and Ginsburg, R.N., 1997. A synopsis of the Bahamas Drilling Project: Results from two deep core borings drilled on Great Bahama Bank. In Eberli, G.P., Swart, P.K., and Malone, M.J., et al., eds. Proc. Ocean Drilling Program, Initial Reports, v. 166, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p.23-41. 

McNeill, D.F., Grammer, G.M., and Williams, S.C., 1998. Chronostratigraphic evolution of a Plio/Pleistocene aggradational carbonate platform margin, southwest Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas. Journal Sedimentary Research, v. 68 , p. 603-614. 

Cunningham, K.J., McNeill, D.F., Guertin, L.A., Scott, T.M., de Verteuil, L., and Ciesielski, P.F., 1997. A new Tertiary stratigraphy for the Florida Keys and southern peninsula of Florida. Geological Soc. of America Bulletin, v. 110, p. 231-258. 

Eberli, G.P., Swart, P.K., McNeill, D.F., Anselmetti, F.S., Bernet, K., and Leg 166 Shipboard Scientific Party, 1997. ODP Leg 166 synthesis: Sea level changes and fluid flow on the Great Bahama Bank slope. Proc. Ocean Drilling Program, Initial Reports, v. 166, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p. 13-22. 

McNeill, D.F., 1997. Facies and early diagenetic influence on the depositional magnetization of carbonates. Geology, v. 25, p. 799-802. 

McNeill, D.F., Budd, A.F., and Borne, P., 1997. An earlier (late Pliocene) first appearance of the Caribbean reef-building coral Acropora palmata: stratigraphic and evolutionary implications. Geology, v. 25, p. 891-894. 

Lidz, B.H., and McNeill, D.F., 1997. A new allocyclic dimension in a prograding carbonate platform margin: Evidence for eustatic, tectonic, and paleoceanographic control (late Neogene, Bahamas). J. Sedimentary Research, v. 68, p. 269-282. 

Eberli, G.P., Swart, P.K., Malone, M., and Shipboard Scientific Party, 1997. The Bahamas Transect, Proceedings ODP, Init. Repts., v.166, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 850 pp. 

McNeill, D.F., Cunningham, K.J., Guertin, L.A., Melim, L.A., Warzeski, E.R., Anselmetti, F.S., Ginsburg, R.N., Eberli, G.P., and Swart, P.K., 1996. Data Report: Tertiary-Quaternary cores from the Florida Keys and Everglades. Miami Geological Society, Miami, Fl., 88pp. 

Guyomard, T.S., Aissaoui, D.M., and McNeill, D.F., 1996. Magnetostratigraphic dating of the uplifted atoll of Maré: Geodynamics of the Loyalty Ridge, S.W. Pacific. J. Geophys. Research. v. 101, p.601-612. 

Aurell, M., McNeill, D.F., Guyomard, T., and Kindler, P., 1995. Pleistocene shallowing upward sequences in New Providence, Bahamas: Signature of high-frequency sea-level fluctuations in shallow carbonate platforms. J. Sed. Res., v. B65, p.170-182. 

Caracuel, J.E., McNeill, D.F., and Perez-Lopez, A., 1995. Preliminary results on late Cenozoic carbonate deposits from borehole cuttings in New Providence island (Great Bahama Bank). Geogaceta, v. 18, p.71-74. 

 Lidz, B.H., and McNeill, D.F., 1995. Deep-sea biostratigraphy of prograding platform margins (Neogene, Bahamas): Key evidence linked to depositional rhythm. Marine Micropaleontology, v. 25, p.87-125. 

Lidz, B.H., and McNeill, D.F., 1995. Reworked Paleogene to early Neogene planktic foraminifera: implications of an intriguing distribution at a late Neogene prograding margin, Bahamas. Marine Micropaleontology, v. 25, p.221-268. 

Ginsburg, R.N., Eberli, G.P., McNeill, D.F., Swart, P.K., Kenter, J.A.M., Anselmetti, F., Melim, L., and Warzeski, R., 1994. Calibration of seimic stratigraphy, burial diagenesis and platform anatomy of Great Bahama Bank: Results of drilling from an alternate platform. Proc. DOSECC Sym. on Cont. Drilling, p.110-113. 

Aissaoui, D.M., McNeill, D.F., and Hurley, N., (eds.), 1993. Applications of Paleomagnetism to Sedimentary Geology, S.E.P.M. Spec. Pub. No. 49, 216pp. 

Grammer, G.M., Ginsburg, R.N., Swart, P.K., McNeill, D.F., Jull, A.J., and Prezbindowski, D.R., 1993. Rapid growth rates of syndepositional marine aragonite cements in steep marginal slope deposits, Bahamas and Belize. J. Sed. Petrol., v. 63, p.983-989. 

McNeill, D.F., Guyomard, T.S., and Hawthorne, T.B., 1993. Magnetostratigraphy and the nature of magnetic remanence in platform/periplatform carbonates, Queensland Plateau, Australia. In Davies, P., McKenzie, J., and Palmer-Julson, A., (eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, v. 133, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p.573-614. 

McNeill, D.F., 1993. A Review and Comparison of Carbonate Rock Magnetization: ODP Leg 133, Queensland Plateau, Australia. In Davies, P., McKenzie, J., and Palmer-Julson, A., (eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, v. 133, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p.749-754. 

McNeill, D.F., and Kirschvink, J.L., 1993. Early dolomitization of platform carbonates and the preservation of magnetic polarity. J. Geophys. Res., v. 98, p.7977-7986. 

Droxler, A.W., Haddad, G., Kroon, D., Gartner, S., Wei, W., and McNeill, D.F., 1993. Pliocene carbonate system on the Queensland Plateau, Evidence for carbonate lowstand shedding. In Davies, P., McKenzie, J., and Palmer-Julson, A., (eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, v. 133, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p.235-254. 

Barton, C.E., Omarzai, S.K., Alexander, I., Peerdeman, F., and McNeill, D.F., 1993. Magnetic stratigraphy and characterization of sediments from the NE margin of Australia, and relationship to environmental change during the Quaternary. In Davies, P., McKenzie, J., and Palmer-Julson, A., (eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, v. 133, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), p.723-748. 

Reijmer, J.J.G., Schlager, W., Bosscher, H., Beets, C.J., and McNeill, D.F., 1992. Late Pliocene platform facies transition recorded in calciturbidites; Exuma Sound, Bahamas. Sedimentary Geology, v.78, p.171-179. 

Grammer, G.M., Ginsburg, R.N., and McNeill, D.F., 1991. Morphology and development of modern carbonate foreslopes, Tongue of the Ocean, Bahamas. In Trans. 12th Caribbean Geol. Conf., D.K. Larue & G. Draper (eds), Miami Geol. Soc., p.27-32. 

Jackson, P.D., and the Shipboard Scientific Party Leg 133, 1991. Electrical resistivity core scanning: a new aid to the evaluation of fine scale structure in sedimentary cores. Scientific Drilling, v.2, p.41-54. 

Shipboard Scientific Party, 1991. Northeast Australian Margin, Proceedings ODP, Init. Repts., v.133, No. 1&2, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 1496pp. 

McNeill, D.F., 1990. Biogenic magnetite from surface Holocene carbonate sediments, Great Bahama Bank, J. Geophys. Res. v.95, p.4363-4371. 

Aissaoui, D.M., McNeill, D.F., and Kirschvink, J.L., 1990. Magnetostratigraphic dating of Mururoa atoll and global eustasy. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., v.97, p.102-112. 

McNeill, D.F., 1990. Initiation and development of tidal-inlet reef mounds, south Florida. In Proc. Sixth Inter. Coral Reef Symposium, J.H. Choat et al. (eds), Townsville, Australia, v.3, p.513-521.

Unpublished Reports

 

 

McNeill, D.F., Eberli, G.P., Ginsburg, R.N., and Esker, D., 1998. Coexistence and succession of siliciclastics, reefs, and platform carbonates, Belize, Central America. Fieldtrip Guidebook, 102 p. 

McNeill, D.F., 1998. Dimensional aspects of Holocene pinnacle reefs in a mixed carbonate siliciclastic system, southern Belize lagoon. Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, unpublished report, 47 p. 

McNeill, D.F., 1998. Dimensional aspect of some Pliocene and Pleistocene reefs in a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic system, Limon Basin, Costa Rica. Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, unpublished report, 14 p. 

McNeill, D.F., 1998 (compiler). Results from the Florida Keys Drilling Project: An integrated stratigraphic study of the Neogene mixed carbonate-siliciclastic system in South Florida. Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, unpublished report, 221 p. 

McNeill, D.F., and Cunningham, K.J., 1997. Planning for Geological Projects Related to the Coarse Sand Hypothesis: Everglades, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys. Report of a Planning Workshop held at the Rosenstiel School, University of Miami, March, 1997. 10 pp. 
 
Cunningham, K.J., and McNeill, D.F., 1997. Preliminary hydrogeologic analysis of the Sunniland No. 1 corehole, Collier County, Florida. Report to the SFWMD under contract No. PC P605169 

McNeill, D.F., and Grammer, G.M., 1993. A reconnaissance characterization of NOAA/NURP dive transects Lee Stocking Island, Exuma Sound. Unpublished report to NOAA National Undersea Research Program, 20pp.

Abstracts and 

Presentations 

(past 5 years)

 

 
 

Guertin, L.A., McNeill, D.F., and Cunningham, K.J., 1998. Multivariable controls on the timing, distribution and hetorogeneity of late Cenozoic mixed carbonate/siliciclastic sediments, Florida Keys. AAPG An. Meeting Absts. 

Guertin, L.A., Missimer, T.M., and McNeill, D.F., 1998. Hiatal uration on correlative sequence boundaries in mixed carbonate/siliciclastic sediments: Oligocene-Pliocene of the south Florida Platform. Geological Soc. Amer., Ann. Mtg., (accepted). 

 McNeill, D.F., 1998. GEOTOUR: Geology of an exhumed atoll, Maré Island, New Caledonia. Miami Geological Society, Oct. 14, 1998 

Guertin, L.A., McNeill, D.F., Cunningham, K.J., and Lidz B.H., 1997. Transgressive/regressive evidence in the late Neogene siliciclastic foundation of the Florida Keys: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program, v. 29, no. 6, p. A-414. 

DeVerteuil, L., Cunningham, K., Norris, G., and McNeill, D.F., 1996, Palynological evidence for the age and depositional environment of upper Neogene siliciclastics in southernmost Florida. Ninth Inter. Palynological Cong., Houston, Abst. vol., p.35. 

Hearty, P.J., McNeill, D.F., Land, L.S., and Dill, R.F., 1996. Stratigraphy and age of two 33 m long, bank-margin cores from the Exuma Cays, Bahamas. AAPG/SEPM Ann. Meeting, San Diego, CA., p. A63. 

McNeill, D.F., Budd, A.F., Borne, P.F., and Coates, A.G., 1996. Episodic reef development in a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic system, Pliocene/Pleistocene of Costa Rica, G.S. A. Ann. Mtg., G.S. A. Abst. v. 28, No. 7. 

Guertin, L.A., McNeill, D.F., and Cunningham, K.J., 1996. Geologic History of the Florida Keys: A model for carbonate-siliciclastic mixing, reef foundation, and current-controlled deposition. G.S. A. Ann. Mtg., G.S. A. Abst. v. 28, No. 7. 

Borne, P.F., Hazel, J.E., Cronin, T.M., and McNeill, D.F., 1996. Characteristic ostracode assemblages of the Rio Banano Formation (Pliocene) of Costa Rica. G.S. A. Ann. Mtg., G.S. A. Abst. v. 28, No. 7. 

Grammer, G.M., McNeill, D.F., and Crescini, C.M., 1996. Quantifying rates of syndepositional marine cementation across a carbonate platform and margin, Bahamas. G.S. A. Ann. Mtg., G.S. A. Abst. v. 28, No. 7. 

Eberli, G.P., Swart, P.K., Malone, M., and Shipboard Scientific Party, 1996. The record of Neogene sea-level changes on the slopes of western Great Bahama Bank: Results from ODP Leg 166. G.S. A. Ann. Mtg., G.S. A. Abst. v. 28, No. 7. 
  
Crescini, C.M., Grammer, G.M., McNeill, D.F., 1995. Experimental determination of the growth rates of carbonate cement in a marginal slope environment, Exuma Sound, Bahamas. Geol. Soc. Amer., S.E. Mtg. Abstr. with Programs, p. A-24. 

Lidz, B.H., and McNeill, D.F., 1995. Time capsules with enormous implications: A unique, very old microfossil record in a relatively young margin, Bahamas. Eos, Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, v. 76, p. S172. 

McNeill, D.F., 1995. Sea-level changes recorded in carbonate platforms: An integrated stratigraphy of Great Bahama Bank, Bahamas. Invited Lecture, Department of Geology, University of Iowa, Iowa City. 

McNeill, D.F., and Eberli, G.P., 1995. Biostratigraphic dating in prograding carbonate margins: Hindcast model from the Bahamas Drilling Project cores. S.E.P.M., 1st Congress on Sed. Geol., St. Petersburg, FL., v.1, p.90. 

Lidz, B.H., and McNeill, D.F., 1995. Implications of a unique assemblage of early and middle Tertiary planktic foraminifera across late Neogene lithologic boundaries, Bahamas. S.E.P.M., 1st Congress on Sed. Geol., St. Petersburg, FL., v.1, p.84. 

Grammer, G.M., McNeill, D.F., and Swart, P.K., 1995. Correlation of the del-18O composition of marine aragonite cements to the skeletal record during the latest deglaciation. S.E.P.M., 1st Congress on Sed. Geol., St. Petersburg, FL., v.1, p.61. 

Eberli, G.P., Ginsburg, R.N., Anselmetti, F.S., Melim, L.A., McNeill, D.F., Kenter, J.A.M., 1995. The Bahamas Drilling Project - A test of the sequence stratigraphy concept. S.E.P.M., 1st Congress on Sed. Geol., St. Petersburg, FL., v.1, p.50. 

McNeill, D.F., and Eberli, G.P., 1995. Third-order sea-level record of late Miocene to Pleistocene carbonates, Great Bahama Bank. GSA Abst. v. 27, no.6, p.A-452. 

Guertin, L., McNeill, D.F., and Lidz, B.H., 1995. Highstand(?) mobilization and emplacement of Neogene siliciclastic sediments, southeast Florida. GSA Abst. v.27, no.6, p.A 333. 

Esker, D., McNeill, D.F., Eberli, G.P., 1995. Seismically defined incised valley fills in a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic system, the southern Belize lagoon: Reservoir implications. A.A.P.G. Ann. Mtg. Absts., p. 68. 

McNeill, D.F., 1994. Magnetostratigraphic dating constraints on sea level and seismic reflector synchroneity in carbonate platform and slope settings: Bahamas Drilling Project cores. 38th Annual Rpt. on Research, PRF/ACS, p. 407. 

Ginsburg, R.N., Eberli, G.P., McNeill, D.F., Swart, P.K., Kenter, J.A.M., Anselmetti, F., Melim, L., Kievman, C., and Warzeski, R., 1994. Calibration of seismic stratigraphy, burial diagenesis and platform anatomy of Great Bahamas Bank: Results of drilling from an alternate platform. VIIth Inter. Sym. Continental Drilling, Santa Fe, N.M. 

McNeill, D.F., Eberli, G.P., Swart, P.K., and Lidz, B.H., 1994. Chronostratigraphy in carbonate platform margins: Potential and precautions. Eos, Tran. Amer. Geophys. Union, v. 75, No. 16, p.205. 

Eberli, G.P., Kenter, J.A.M., McNeill, D.F., Ginsburg, R.N., and Melim, L.A., 1994. Sea level controlled sedimentation and diagenesis in a prograding carbonate platform: Late Cenozoic, Bahamas. Int. Assoc. Sedimentologists 14th Congress, Brazil, p. D-34. 

Missimer, T.M., McNeill, D.F., Ginsburg, R.N, Mueller, P.A., Covington, J.M., and Scott, T.M., 1994. Cenozoic record of global sea level events in the Hawthorn Group and Tamiami Formation of the Florida Platform. Geol. Soc. Amer., Ann. Mtg. Abstr. with Programs, p.A 151. 

Eberli, G.P., McNeill, D.F., Ginsburg, R.N., Kenter, J.A.M., and Lidz, B., 1994. Recognition and timing of Neogene to recent sequences, western margin Great Bahama Bank. G.S.A. Ann. Mtg. Abstr. with Programs, p.A-92. 

Swart, P.K., McNeill, D.F., Grammer, G.M., Jull, T., and Beck, W., 1994. Intra-annual, inter-annual, and decadal climate variations as recorded in the skeletons of sclerosponges from the Bahamas. Geol. Soc. Amer., Ann. Mtg. Abstr. with Programs, p. A-228. 

Grammer, G.M., McNeill, D.F., and Swart, P.K., 1994. High resolution stable isotopic fluctuations in tropical marine waters determined from inorganic aragonite cements: Implications to the Younger Dryas and other high-frequency climatic events. Eos, Tran. Amer. Geophys. Union, v.75, p.333. 

Guyomard, T.S., Aissaoui, D.M., and McNeill, D.F., 1994. Geodynamic implications from magnetostratigraphic dating of an uplifted atoll. Eos, Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, v.75, p.202. 

McNeill, D.F., 1994. The birth and death of a Pacific atoll: Geodynamics and sea level. Miami Geological Society, Nov. 30, 1994. 

Esker, D., Eberli, G.P., McNeill, D.F., and Grammer, G.M., 1993. Coexistence and succession of reef tracts and incised valley fills in the southern shelf lagoon of Belize. GCAGS/SEPM An. Mtg., p.11. 

Esker, D., Eberli, G.P., and McNeill, D.F., 1993. Foundations of the pinnacle and small platform reefs of the southern shelf lagoon of Belize, C.A. GSA Abst. w/Prog., p. A114.

Last Revised: 31 October 1998