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Richard L Carlson
Richard L Carlson
(979) 229-1283
(979) 229-1283
359 Halbouty

Department of Geology & Geophysics

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843-3115


Ph.D. University of Washington, 1976


Undergraduate: Physical Geology, Mineralogy, Geophysical methods, Global Geophysics

Graduate: Geodynamics, Geomechanics

Richard L Carlson

Regents Professor

Research Interests

Rock Physics, with application to the structure, evolution, composition, and physical state of the Oceanic crust and Lithosphere

Selected Publications

  • Carlson, R. L. (2014), The effects of alteration and porosity on seismic velocities in oceanic basalts and diabases, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 15, doi:10.1002/2014GC005537.
  • Toomey, D., R. Allen, A. Barclay, S.Bell, P. Bromirski, R. Carlson, et al. (2014), The Cascadia Initiative: A Sea Change in Seismological Studies of Subduction Zones, Oceanography, 27(2):138–150,
  • Carlson R. L. (2014), The influence of porosity and crack morphology on seismic velocity and permeability in the upper oceanic crust, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 15, 10 – 27,doi:10.1002/2013GC004965.
  • Carlson, R.L., The effect of hydrothermal alteration on the seismic structure of the upper oceanic crust: Evidence from Holes 504B and 1256D, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 12, Q09013, doi:10.1029/2011GC003624, 2011
  • Carlson, R.L., How crack porosity and shape control seismic velocities in the upper oceanic crust: Modeling downhole logs from Holes 504B and 1256D, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 11, Q04007, doi:10.1029/2009GC002955, 2010.
  • Carlson, R.L., D.J. Miller and J. Newman, The olivine enigma: Or why alteration controls the seismic properties of oceanic gabbros, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., doi:10.1029/2008GC002263, 2009.
  • Collins, J.A., D.K. Blackman, A., Harris, and R.L. Carlson, Seismic and Drilling Constraints on Velocity Structure and Reflectivity near IODP Hole U1309D on the Central Dome of Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 10, Q01010, doi:10.1029/2008GC002121, 2009.
  • Carlson, R. L. and D. Jay Miller, Unraveling the structure and composition of the oceanic crust, Sea Technology,  46, 10-13, 2005.
  • Carlson, R. L. and D. Jay Miller, Influence of pressure and mineralogy on seismic velocities in oceanic gabbros: implications for the composition and state of the lower oceanic crust, J. Geophys. Res., 109, B0925, doi: 10.1029/2003JB002699, 2004.
  • Carlson, R.L., Seismic Properties of Layer 2A at 11 Ma: Results of a VSP at ODP Site 1243, Geophys. Res. Lett,, 31, L17601, doi:10.1029/2004GL020598, 2004.
  • Carlson, R. L., Bound Water Content of the Lower Oceanic Crust Estimated from Modal Analyses and Seismic Velocities of Oceanic Diabase and Gabbro,  Geophys. Res. Lett.,v. 30,  no. 22, 2142, doi: 10.1029/2003GL018213,  2003.
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