Prof. H. Edward 'Ed' Clifton (US) Geologist Emeritus at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Clifton is a prominent and internationally acclaimed research scientist who was a leader in science in the USGS Branch of Pacific Marine Geology (currently the Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team) for more than two decades. He served as branch chief from 1978 to 1981 and is currently an emeritus scientist with the team in recognition of a significant record of outstanding contributions in sedimentary geology, including all aspects of sedimentology and stratigraphy. He was a Senior Research Associate of Conoco, Inc. and Research Fellow for ConocoPhillips from 1991-1999. During his service as a Geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey 1963-1991, Clifton was a U.S. Department of Interior scientist Aquanaut of the Tektite I and II (1969, 1970) Undersea Habitat Missions. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from The John Hopkins University, and Bachelor of Science in Geology from The Ohio State University.