Marvin Carlson

Marvin Carlson

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Contact Information

TitleEmeritus Research Geologist
Faculty RankProfessor Emeritus
Address101 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE

East Campus
  • office: 402-472-3471


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My Story

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.,PrecambOnline
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.Online
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
Gosselin, D., Joeckel, R.M., Carlson, M.P. 2003. History, Geology and Water in the Lower Platte River Valley in Eastern Nebraska. Lincoln, NE: Association of American Sate Geologist.Online
Carlson, M.P. 2002. A Basement Framework Hypotheses for the Tectonic Architecture and Geologic History of the Western Mid-Continent, USA. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Hedberg Research Conference, “Late Paleozoic Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Online
Carlson, M.P. 2002. Basement Control on Phanerozoic Structures and Tectonics – Midcontinent USA. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 2002 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. 78.
Carlson, M.P. 2001. Island Arcs, Accretionary Terranes and Midcontinent Structure. Conservation and Survey Resource Notes. 15(1):15-18.
Carlson, M.P., Treves, S.B. 2000. The Precambrian History of Nebraska and Adjacent Regions: A Record of the Accretionary Growth of North America; in Variscan-Appalachian dynamics; the building of the Upper Paleozoic basement. Basement Tectonics: 15:75-78.
Carlson, M.P. 1999. New Data and Interpretations for the Precambrian, Midcontinent USA. Basement Tectonics Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands 13(0):15.
Carlson, M.P. 1999. Transcontinental Arch - A Pattern Formed By Rejuvenation of Local Features Across Central North America. Journal of Tectonophysics. 303:225-235.
Carlson, M.P. 1999. Transcontinental Arch, A Pattern Formed by Rejuvenation of Local Features Across Central North America. Tectonophysics 305(0):9.
Carlson, M.P., Burchett, R.R., Sydow, W.H. 1999. Occurrence and Development of Petroleum in Nebraska. Transactions of the 1999 AAPG Midcontinent Section Meeting, Kansas Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-28. 1-4.
Carlson, M.P. 1998. Evidence From the Stratigraphic Record for Basement Deformation in Southeastern Nebraska, Mid-Continent U.S.A. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Basement Tectonics. 227-228.
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.
Carlson, M.P. 1997. Tectonic Implications and Influence of the Midcontinent Rift System in Nebraska and Adjoining Areas. Geological Society of America Special Paper 312(0):231-234.Online
Carlson, M.P. and K.D. Newell. 1997. Stratigraphy and Petroleum Potential of the Simpson and Viola (Ordovician) in Kansas and Nebraska. Oklahoma Geological Survey Circular 99(0): 0 pp.
Carlson, M.P., and K.D. Newell. 1993. Stratigraphy and Petroleum Potential of the Hunton Group (Silurian-Devonian) in the Forest City Basin Area of Kansas and Nebraska. Oklahoma Geological Survey Special Publication 93-4 0(0): 107-115.Online
Carlson, M.P. 1989. Oil in Nebraska. Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. pp. 86.
Rundquist, D., R.Hoffman, M. Carlson, and A. Cook. 1989. The Nebraska Center-Pivot Inventory: An Example of Operational Satellite Remote Sensing on a Long-Term Basis. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 55(5):587-590.Online
Rundquist, D.C., Hoffman, R.O., Carlson, M.P., Cook, A.E. 1989. The Nebraska Center-Pivot Inventory--An Example of Operational Satellite Remote Sensing on a Long-Term Basis. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 55(5):4.
Carlson, M.P. 1988. Oil Production from Devonian Carbonates in the Forest City Basin, Midcontinent USA. Devonian of the World, Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on the Devonian System, Canada Society of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 14(2):59
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
Carlson, M.P., and W.B.N. Berry. 1969. Late Middle Ordovician Graptolites From the Subsurface of Eastern Nebraska. Journal of Paleontology 43(3):712-715.
Carlson, M.P., and A.J. Boucot. 1967. Early Silurian Brachiopods from the Subsurface of Southeastern Nebraska. Journal of Paleontology 41(5):5.
Collinson, C. and M.P. Carlson 1967 (RS-3). Devonian of the North-Central Region, United States. Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Devonian System 0(0): 39 pp.
Carlson, M. P., 1963. Lithostratigraphy and Correlation of the Mississippian System in Nebraska. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. pp. 61.Online



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyGeologyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln1969
Master of ScienceGeologyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln1963
Bachelor of ScienceGeologyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln1957


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