|Colin R. Robins|
|Assistant Professor of Environmental Science|
|Office:||Keck Science Center 238|
|Office Hours:||(FA2014): M 4:10-5:30; Tu 10-11; F 9-9:50|
|Ph.D., Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas.
M.S., Soil Science, Oregon State University.
B.A., Geology & Spanish, Macalester College.
|Fall Semester: EA30L Science and the Environment (w/lab)
Spring Semester: EA55L Physical Geography & Geomorphology (w/lab)
Spring 2015: EA103 Soils & Society
|I'm a physical geographer, soil scientist, geologist, and environmental scientist. 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 and geochemistry to challenges in species conservation and/or land management efforts.
|I support thesis research by science students interested in a variety of disciplines in Earth Science or Geology, especially geomorphology, soil genesis, soil mineralogy, GIS-based mapping, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Field and/or laboratory project topics (proportions of Environmental Science, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology are flexible) might include:
- Field and GIS mapping of soil-geomorphology and floral biogeography (Geomorphology/Ecology)
- Experimental soil genesis (Geochemistry)
- Mineral stability experiments (Geochemistry)
- Optical and/or scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis and interpretation of soil/paleosol microstructures (Micromorphology)
- Clay mineral analyses
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