|Colin R. Robins|
|Assistant Professor of Environmental Science|
|Office:||Keck Science Center 238|
|Office Hours:||(SP2015): M 4:00-5:30; W 3:00-4:00; TH 10:00-11:00|
|Ph.D., Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas.
M.S., Soil Science, Oregon State University.
B.A., Geology & Spanish, Macalester College.
|Every Year: EA30L Science and the Environment (w/lab)
Spring 2015: EA55L Physical Geography & Geomorphology (w/lab)
Spring 2015: EA103 Soils & Society
**I am tentatively scheduled for sabbatical in Fall 2015.
|Soils, sediments, and landforms are brilliantly puzzling, complex palimpsests that reflect both ancient and present-day environmental conditions. As a physical geographer, soil scientist, geologist, and environmental scientist, 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, 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)
- Optical and/or scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis and interpretation of soil/paleosol microstructures (Micromorphology)
- Clay and dust mineralogy/geochemistry
|Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.|