Dr. Tim Clarey
Research Associate
Geology, Dinosaurs


Tim Clarey received a B.S. in Geology (summa cum laude) in 1982 from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, followed by a Master of Science in Geology in 1984 from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Science in Hydrogeology in 1993 from Western Michigan University. His Ph.D. in Geology was received in 1996 from Western Michigan University. From 1984 to 1992, Dr. Clarey worked as an exploration geologist at Chevron USA, Inc., developing oil drilling prospects and analyzing assets and lease purchases. He was Full Professor and Geosciences Chair at Delta College in Michigan for 17 years before leaving in 2013 to join the science staff at the Institute for Creation Research, having earlier conducted research with ICR in its FAST program. He has published many papers on various aspects of the Rocky Mountains and has authored two college laboratory books. He is the author of Dinosaurs: Marvels of God’s Design and a contributor to Guide to Dinosaurs.

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Published Creation Papers

Clarey, T. L. 2013. South Fork and Heart Mountain Faults: examples of catastrophic, gravity-driven “overthrusts,” northwest Wyoming, USA. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Creationism. Horstemeyer, M. F., ed. Pittsburgh, PA: Creation Science Fellowship.

Clarey, T. L., S.A. Austin, S. Cheung, and R. Strom. 2013. Superfaults and pseudotachylytes: evidence of catastrophic earth movements. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Creationism. Horstemeyer, M. F., ed. Pittsburgh, PA: Creation Science Fellowship.

Clarey, T. L. 2015. Examining the floating forest hypothesis: a geological perspective. Journal of Creation. 29 (3): 50-55.

Clarey, T. L. 2015. The Hell Creek Formation: the last gasp of the pre-Flood dinosaurs. Creation Research Society Quarterly. 51 (4): 286-298.

Clarey, T. L., and J. P. Tomkins. 2015. Determining average dinosaur size using the most recent comprehensive body mass data set. Answers Research Journal. 8: 85-91.

Clarey, T.L. 2016. Empirical data support seafloor spreading and catastrophic plate tectonics. Journal of Creation. 30 (1): 76-82.

Clarey, T. L. 2016. The Ice Age as a mechanism for post-Flood dispersal. Journal of Creation. 30 (2): 54-59.

Clarey, T. L., and J. P. Tomkins. 2016. An investigation into an in situ lycopod forest site and structural anatomy invalidates the floating forest hypothesis. Creation Research Society Quarterly. 53 (2): 110-122.

Clarey, T. 2016. Supersized landslides. Answers Magazine. 11 (2): 33. 

Clarey, T. L. 2017. Do the data support a large meteorite impact at Chicxulub? Answers Research Journal. 10: 71-88.

Clarey, T. L. 2017. Disposal of Homo naledi in a possible deathtrap of mass mortality scenario. Journal of Creation. 31 (2): 61-70.

Clarey, T. L. 2017. Floating forest hypothesis fails to explain later and larger coal beds. Journal of Creation. 31 (3).

O’Micks, J., and T. L. Clarey. 2017. Book review of “Almost Human, the astonishing tale of Homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story,” by Lee Berger and John Hawks. Answers Research Journal. 10.

Published Secular Papers

Clarey, T. L. 1990. Thin-skinned shortening geometries of the South Fork fault: Bighorn basin, Park County, Wyoming. The Mountain Geologist. 27 (1): 19-26 (reprinted in 1990 Wyoming Geological Association 41st Field Conference Guidebook, R. W. Specht, ed., 89-98).

Clarey, T. L. and R. B. Chase. 1997. Directions and frequency of natural jointing in the Royal Gorge arch. In Natural fracture systems in the Southern Rockies. Close, J. C. and T. A. Casey, eds. Durango, CO: Four Corners Geological Society, 53-61.

Clarey, T. L., R V. Krishnamurthy, and R. B. Chase. 1998. Environmental isotopic investigation of ground-water movement and surface-water interactions, Royal Gorge arch, Colorado. The Mountain Geologist. 35 (4): 127-135.

Bearss, L. R. and T. L. Clarey. 1999. Navigating the sponge beneath Delta. The Journal for Student Scholars at Michigan's Two- Year Colleges. 3: 2-13.

Clarey, T. L., R. B. Chase, and C. J. Schmidt. 2004. Precambrian influences on the development of the Royal Gorge arch, Colorado: a thick-skinned fault-propagation fold. The Mountain Geologist. 41 (1): 17-32.

Clarey, T. L. 2007. Advocates for cold-blooded dinosaurs: the new generation of heretics. GSA Today Groundwork Series 1, January.

Ross, M. R., W. A. Hoesch, S. A. Austin, J. H. Whitmore, and T. L. Clarey. 2010. Garden of the Gods at Colorado Springs: Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentation and tectonics. In Through the Generations: Geologic and Anthropogenic Field Excursions in the Rocky Mountains from Modern to Ancient. Morgan, L.A., and S. L. Quane, eds. Geologic Society of America Field Guide 18, 77-93.

Clarey, T. L. 2012. South Fork Fault as a gravity slide: its break-away, timing, and emplacement, northwestern Wyoming, U.S.A. Rocky Mountain Geology. 47 (1): 55-79.

Clarey, T. L. 2013. South Fork Fault as a gravity slide: its break-away, timing, and emplacement, northwestern Wyoming, U.S.A.: REPLY. Rocky Mountain Geology. 48 (1): 5-7.

Clarey, T. L., and A. C. Parkes. 2016. Use of sequence boundaries to map siliciclastic depositional patterns across North America. Poster. AAPG Datapages – Search and Discovery #41887. 2016 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, Calgary, Alberta.