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 include: (1) the study of desert soils and the pursuit of new, quantitative, isotopic measures of arid soil minerals and geomorphic surface ages, (2) paleoenvironmental reconstruction from paleosols; and (3) applications of soil science and geochemistry to challenges in species conservation and/or land management.
Areas of Expertise
Selected Research and Publications
Robins, Colin, 2016. Soils, Science, Society, and the Environment. Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Environmental Science. Subject: Agriculture and the Environment. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199389414.013.69
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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