|Colin R. Robins|
|Assistant Professor of Environmental Science|
|Office:||Keck Science Center 238|
|Office Hours:||MON 4:00-5:30p, WED 3:00-4:00p, & THUR 9:00-10:00a|
|Ph.D., Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas.
M.S., Soil Science, Oregon State University.
B.A., Geology & Spanish, Macalester College.
A note about affiliations:
ALL faculty of the W.M. Keck Science Department are faculty at EACH of our host institutions, thus:
I am a Claremont McKenna faculty member.
I am a Pitzer College faculty member.
I am a Scripps College faculty member.
This is more of a 100-100-100% affiliation than a 33.3-33.3-33.3% split.
|1. EA30L Science and the Environment (w/lab) (EA30L KS is a 48-seat introduction to environmental science taught every semester by KSD EA faculty. PO students and any CMC, PZ, and SC students with lab-time conflicts should also consider EA30L PO, offered every year)
2. EA55L Physical Geography & Geomorphology (w/lab) (This is a 24-seat natural science laboratory course and an introductory Earth science course; field trips are emphasized. My goal in this course is to forever change the way you view our planet. Next offered in Spring 2017)
3. EA103 Soils & Society (Next offered in AY 2017-2018. This is an upper-division EA science and Earth science course. Everyone should learn about soils!)
4. PZ FYS 13 Exploring Natural Disasters (Fall 2016; First Year students only).
|Rocks. Dirt. Science.
Soils, sediments, and landforms are brilliantly puzzling, complex palimpsests that reflect both ancient and present-day environmental conditions. As a physical geographer, soil scientist, geologist, and environmental scientist, I study the ways in which landscape components record surface, climate, and ecosystem histories at scales ranging from the nanometer to the kilometer. My main research interests include: (1) the study of desert soils and the pursuit of new, quantitative, isotopic measures of arid soil minerals and geomorphic surface ages, (2) paleoenvironmental reconstruction from paleosols; and (3) applications of soil science and geochemistry to challenges in species conservation and/or land management.
|Please visit my website for more detailed student project information (https://sites.google.com/site/robinsrocksdirtscience/home/student-research).
I support research by science students interested in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (Soil Science and Geology), especially: geomorphology, soil genesis, mineralogy, landscape evolution, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Field and/or laboratory project topics (proportions of Environmental Science, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology are flexible) for the 2016-2017 academic year might include:
- Experimental soil genesis
- Soil quality analyses via ICP-OES (plasma spectrometry)
- Clay minerals and geochemistry
- Tropical Soils!
- Thesis projects in other areas may be designed by students with prior coursework in Geology (e.g., EA55L KS, GEOL020PO, etc.), Soil Science (e.g., EA103KS), Ecology (e.g., BIOL 138L/139 KS, BIOL 146L KS), and/or a statistics course taken at the Claremont Colleges. Please see me with questions.
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