Donald Lowe is a Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University and co-Director of the Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems. He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D degree in geology from the University of Illinois. His research is focused on the processes of transportation and deposition of coarse sediments in the deep sea and the facies, architecture, and evolution of the resulting deposits. This research has involved studies of deep-water sediments and petroleum reservoirs in the United States, South America, West Africa, Indonesia, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea. He also has an active research program on sedimentary environments, surface processes, and life on the early Earth.