Marvin Carlson

Marvin Carlson

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Title Emeritus Research Geologist
Address 101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-423-7331
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Hi, I'm Marv Carlson, professor emeritus and research geologist in the School of Natural Resources.

My appointment is in the Conservation and Survey Division, the state geological, geographic, water and soil survey. My research and service interests are in stratigraphy (layers of rock or sediment), tectonics (the structure of the Earth's crust), mineral resources, the developmental stresses on resources and geologic history. More specifically, my research has dealt with oil and gas exploration and recovery, waste disposal siting, Precambrian and Lower Paleozoic stratigraphy (from about 4 billion to 360 million years ago), and older groundwater reservoirs, such as the Dakota aquifer of eastern and north-central Nebraska.

In the area of service, I provide data and information to governmental and educational organizations, to industry and to the general public on matters related to the geologic framework of Nebraska's natural resources and the impacts of their development. This can be regarding oil, gas, groundwater development or the general effects of increasing concentrations of population on resources and sustainability, particularly in the eastern part of the state.

Marv hold a piece of core from the Paleozoic age.
Marv hold a piece of core from the Paleozoic age.

I also work on natural hazards stemming from tectonic relationships, such as earthquakes, which do occur in the Midlands once in a while. In addition, I advocate within the university and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources for a holistic appraisal of resource use within the overall context of rural and urban sustainable development.

I have been at the university since 1958 and served as Assistant Director of the Conservation and Survey Division. I am a fellow of the Geological Society of America and a charter member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, from which I have also received several awards. I am also a former Chief Trustee of the International Basement Tectonics Association and a founding member and former president of the Nebraska Geological Society.

Selected Publications

Carlson, M.P. 2009. Nebraska Uranium History and Prospects. National Meeting American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Denver. June.
Carlson, M.P. 2009. Type Logs for Formal and Informal Stratigraphic Correlation in the Nebraska Panhandle. Midcontinent Meeting American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa. October. Online
Carlson, M.P. 2009. The Growth of North America - Nebraska's Contribution. Nebraska Academy of Science. April . Online
Carlson M.P. 2007. Precambrian Accretionary History and Phanerozoic Structures – a Unified Explanation for the Tectonic Architecture of the Nebraska Region, USA, in Hatcher, R.D., Jr., Carlson, M.P., McBride, J.H., and Martinez Catalan, J.R., eds.,Precambrian Accretionary History and Phanerozoic Structures – a Unified Explanation for the Tectonic Architecture of the Nebraska Region. 4-D Framework of Continental Crust: Geological Society of America Memoir 200, Chapter 16. Online
Carlson, M.P. 2007. Some Keys to Exploration in the Forest City Basin; Mid-Continent Section, American Association Petroleum Geologists Abstracts with Program, p. 36.
Carlson. M.P., R.M. Joeckel and B.L. Nicklen. 2007. Low-accommodation detrital apron alongside a basement uplift, Pennsylvanian of Midcontinent North America. Sedimentary Geology 197:165-187.
Carlson, M.P. and S.B Treves. 2005. The Elk Creek Carbonatite, Southeast Nebraska – An Overview. Natural Resources Research 14(1):39-45. Online
Carlson, M.P. and W.H. Sydow. 2005 Reinterpreting Nebraska’s Structures – New Geometry, New Exploration, New Reservoirs; Poster Abstract, 2005 Amer. Assoc. Petr. Geol. Mid-Continent Section Meeting, p. 34. Online
Carlson, M.P. 2005. The Application of Basement Tectonic Research to the Development of Natural Resources – Example Midcontinent North America. Natural Resources Research 14(2):125-128.
Gosnold, W. D., Messenger, K. A., Carlson, M. P. 1983. An Inventory of Geothermal Resources in Nebraska. U. S. Department of Energy and the University of Nebraska. pp. 300. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geology (1957)
  • MS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geology (1963)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geology (1969)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Environmental Science

Areas of Interest

  • Stratigraphy
  • Tectonics (structure of the crust)
  • Mineral resources/identification
  • Developmental stresses on resources
  • Geologic history
  • Oil and gas
  • Waste management
  • Geology
  • Precambrian and Lower Paleozoic stratigraphy
  • older groundwater reservoirs

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