Marvin Carlson

Marvin Carlson

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Title Emeritus Research Geologist
Address 101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0961
Phone 402-423-7331
E-mail mcarlson1@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Marv Carlson, research geologist and professor 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

2009, April "The Growth of North America - Nebraska's Contribution", Nebraska Academy of Science.
2009, June "Nebraska Uranium History and Prospects", National Meeting American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Denver
2009, March "Lincoln Rocks !!!", Lincoln Gem and Mineral Show, Lincoln
2009, October "Type Logs for Formal and Informal Stratigraphic Correlation in the Nebraska Panhandle", Midcontinent Meeting American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa
2007 with R.M, Joeckel and B.L. Nicklen, Low-accommodation detrital apron alongside a basement uplift, Pennsylvanian of Midcontinent North America: Sedimentary Geology 197, p. 165-187
2007 Carlson M.P., 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., 4-D Framework of Continental Crust: Geological Society of America Memoir 200, Chapter 16.
2007 Carlson, M.P., Some Keys to Exploration in the Forest City Basin; Mid-Continent Section, American Association Petroleum Geologists Abstracts with Program, p. 36.
2005 The Application of Basement Tectonic Research to the Development of Natural Resources – Example Midcontinent North America; Natural Resources Research, V. 14, No. 2, p. 125-128
2005 with S.B Treves, The Elk Creek Carbonatite, Southeast Nebraska – An Overview; Natural Resources Research, V. 14, No. 1, p. 39-45.
2005 with W.H. Sydow, Reinterpreting Nebraska’s Structures – New Geometry, New Exploration, New Reservoirs; Poster Abstract, 2005 Amer. Assoc. Petr. Geol. Mid-Continent Section Meeting, p. 34.

Educational Background

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

SNR Faculty Area(s)

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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