Colin Robins, Ph.D.
I am an environmental scientist, physical geographer, soil scientist, and geologist. Soils, sediments, and landforms are brilliantly puzzling, complex palimpsests that reflect both ancient and present-day environmental conditions. I study the ways in which landscape components record surface, climate, and ecosystem histories at scales ranging from the nanometer to the kilometer. My chief research interests are currently: (1) the pursuit of new, quantitative, isotopic measures of arid soil minerals and geomorphic surface ages, and (2) applications of soil science to challenges in species conservation and/or land management efforts.
Areas of Expertise
Selected Research and Publications
Goossens, D., Buck, B.J, Teng, Y., Robins, C.R., and Goldstein, H., 2014. Effect of sulfate and carbonate minerals on particle size distributions in arid soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 78:881-893.
Robins, C.R. , Buck, B.J., Spell, T., Soukup, D., and Steinberg, S.M., 2014. Testing the applicability of vacuum-encapsulated 40Ar/39Ar geochronology to pedogenic palygorskite and sepiolite. Quaternary Geochronology, 20: 8-22.
Rogers, R., Krause, D.W., Kast, S.C., Marshall, M.S., Rahantarisoa, L., Robins, C.R., and Sertich, J.J . 2013. A new, richly fossiliferous member comprised of tidal deposits in the Upper Cretaceous Maevarano Formation, northwestern Madagascar. Cretaceous Research 44:12-29.
Brock-Hon, A.L., Robins, C.R., and Buck, B.J., 2012. Micromorphological investigation of pedogenic barite in Mormon Mesa petrocalcic horizons, Nevada, USA: Implications for genesis. Geoderma 179-180: 1-8.
Robins, C.R., Buck, B.J., Williams, A.J., Morton, J.L., Howell, M.S., Yonovitz, M.L., and House, P.K., 2009. Comparison of flood hazard assessments on desert piedmonts and playas: A case study in Ivanpah Valley, Nevada. Geomorphology, 103 (4): 520-532.
Colin Robins, Ph.D.
Assistant ProfessorEducation: Ph.D., University of Nevada Las Vegas (Geoscience) M.S., Oregon State University,(Soil Science) B.A., Macalester College (Geology & Spanish)Department(s): Keck ScienceEmail: email@example.comPhone: (909) 607-7170Address: Keck Science Center 238Website:
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