Dr. Romans is currently researching how ocean circulation and ice-sheet dynamics responded to past climate change. In 2012, he sailed on International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 342, which recovered sediment cores in the North Atlantic Ocean offshore Newfoundland that contain records of ocean circulation history. Dr. Romans participated in IODP Expedition 374 in January-February 2018, which recovered sediment records from the Ross Sea, offshore Antarctica, to study West Antarctic Ice Sheet response to past global warming events. His work with scientific ocean drilling is part of an international collaborative effort that will ultimately provide improved constraints on climate sensitivity and improve climate models.
At Virginia Tech, Dr. Romans teaches courses in Sedimentology-Stratigraphy (a core course for B.S. in Geosciences), Seismic Stratigraphy, Sedimentary Basins, Oceanography, and more.
Spray, J.F., Bohaty, S.M., Davies, A.D., Bailey, I., Romans, B.W., Cooper, M.J., Milton, J.A., and Wilson, P.A., in press, North Atlantic evidence for a unipolar icehouse climate state at the Eocene-Oligocene Transition: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, doi: 10.1029/2019PA003563 [link]
Hodgson, D.M., Bernhardt, A., Clare, M., da Silva, A-C, Fosdick, J., Mauz, B., Midtkandel, I., Owen, A., and. Romans, B.W., 2018, Grand challenges (and great opportunities) in sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis research: Frontiers in Earth Science: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Diagenesis [link] [pdf]
Mason, C.C., and Romans, B.W., 2018, Climate-driven unsteady denudation and sediment flux in a high-relief unglaciated catchment-fan using 26Al and 10Be: Panamint Valley, California: Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 492, 130-143, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.03.056 [publisher link] [EarthArxiv preprint] [blog post]