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.
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.