Larry Benson

Larry Benson

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Hydrologist, Water Resources, USGS

Education

  • PhD: Brown University, 1974

Contact Information

(Office) 303 449-5529

Specialty

Creation of lake-based records of climate change in the western United States; response of prehistoric Native American cultures to climate change; application of cosmogenic isotopes to the dating of glacial features in the Rocky Mountains.

Bio

Larry Benson is a hydrologist/geochemist in the National Research Program, Boulder.  He was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a principal investigator at the Desert Research Institute, Reno, a visiting scientist at the University of California-Berkeley, and a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before joining the U.S. Geological Survey in 1982. He was Chief of the Arid Regions Climate Project and his research focuses on the creation of lake-based records of climate change in the western U.S. and the response of prehistoric Native American cultures to climate change. His research also includes the application of cosmogenic isotopes to the dating of glacial features in the Rocky Mountains.