Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Peter E Carlson

Peter E Carlson
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2018
B.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences; Integrated Science Program, Northwestern University, 2012

Work: +1 503 703 7593
Office: JGB 5.204
Mailcode: C1140


Committee Member

Stalagmites that grow near the entrances of caves are often avoided for the purposes of paleoclimate reconstruction, due to worries about fluctuating atmospheric conditions and microbiological influences interfering with calcite growth dynamics. I study how these near-entrance stalagmites might serve as high-resolution records of surface temperature. I am investigating temperatures and hydrological conditions recorded in the oxygen-isotope and trace element compositions of a near-entrance stalagmite from Westcave Preserve in central Texas. I have also been monitoring active drip sites in Westcave since 2013 in order to characterize modern responses in drip water and calcite chemistry to changing environmental conditions.

Best Seminar Award: Water, Climate, Environment - The Jackson School of Geosciences (2018)

Scientist in Residence Fellow - Environmental Science Insitute (2015 - 2016)

Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2015)

Hydrologic conditions and carbon cycling dynamics recorded in the carbon isotope variations of a near-entrance speleothem, Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (2017)

Sub-annual resolution speleothem chronology in a near-entrance cave setting using oxygen isotopes and trace elements, Karst Records VIII, Austin, TX (2017)

Cave monitoring records at Westcave Preserve, Westcave Preserve, Round Mountain, TX (2017)

Climate Change and Central Texas, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, TX (2017)

Speleothem chronology with sub-annual resolution in a near-entrance cave setting using oxygen isotope and trace element records, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco (2016)

Temperature Records from a Westcave Stalagmite, Westcave Preserve, Round Mountain, TX (2016)