|Colin R. Robins|
|Assistant Professor of Environmental Science|
|Assistant Professor of Chemistry|
|Office:||Keck Science Center 238|
|Ph.D., Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas (2010).
M.S., Soil Science, Oregon State University (2004).
B.A., Geology & Spanish, Macalester College (2001).
|Fall Semester: EA30L Science and the Environment
Fall Semester: EA103L Principles of Soil Science
Spring Semester:EA55L Physical Geography & Geomorphology
|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.
|- Arid soil genesis & micromorphology (link mineralogy to paleoclimate, using optical and scanning electron microscopy)
- Experimental soil/mineral genesis
- Edaphic controls of plant habitats & distributions, especially in the Mojave Desert
- Mapping and spatial (GIS) analysis of surficial geology and soils
- Soil chemical and/or isotopic analyses of soil components (sand, silt, clay, organic matter)
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