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. 

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Negrini, R. M., McCuan, D. T., Horton, R. A., Lopez, J. D., Cassata, W. S., Channell, J. E. T., Verosub, K. L., Knott, J. R., Coe, R. S., Liddicoat, J. C., Lund, S. P., Larry Benson, Sarna-Wojcicki, A. M. 2014: Nongeocentric axial dipole field behavior during the Mono Lake excursion. Journal of Geophysical Research—Solid Earth, 119(4): 2567-2581. DOI: 10.1002/2013JB010846

Larry Benson, Pauketat, T. R., Cook, E. R. 2009: Cahokia s boom and bust in the context of climate change. American Antiquity, 74(3): 467 483.

Larry BensonHoward E. Taylor, Peterson, K. A., Shattock, B. D., Ramotnik, C. A., Stein, J. R. 2008: Development and evaluation of geochemical methods for the sourcing of archaeological maize. Journal of Archaeological Science, 35(4): 912 921. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2007.06.018

Larry Benson, Berry, M. S., Jolie, E. A., Spangler, J. D., Stahle, D. W., Hattori, E. M. 2007: Possible impacts of early-11th, middle-12th, and late-13th-century droughts on western Native Americans and the Mississippian Cahokians. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26(3-4): 336 350. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.08.001

Larry Benson, , Kubik, P., McDonald, R. R. 2007: Surface-exposure ages of Front Range moraines that may have formed during the Younger Dryas, 8.2 cal ka, and Little Ice Age events. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26(11-12): 1638 1649. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.02.015

Larry Benson, Hattori, E. M., Howard E. Taylor, Poulson, S. R., Jolie, E. A. 2006: Isotope sourcing of prehistoric willow and tule textiles recovered from western Great Basin rock shelters and caves proof of concept. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33 (11): 1588 1599.

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