Corey Lawrence


I am a Research Geologist at the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Denver, CO. The overarching objectives of my research are to (1) describe and quantify natural biogeochemical processes at the Earth's surface and (2) determine how these processes will respond to climate and/or landuse change. Many biogeochemical processes are often dominated by exchanges between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Over long timescales, the flux of matter and energy shapes both the physical structure and chemical composition of the Critical Zone and over shorter timescales, these features determine how the system responds to disturbances. Developing a mechanistic understanding of the processes controlling these fluxes is essential for predicting and managing the function of environmental resources and the sustainability of agricultural systems.



  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2009   
  • B.S., Environmental Science & Policy, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, 2002
  • B.S., Biology, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, 2002


Professional Experience

  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, 2009-2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, U.S. Geological Survey, Moab, UT, 2009
  • Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2004-2009
  • Research Assistant, The Ecosystems Centers, Woods Hole, MA, 2002-2004
  • Undergraduate Researcher, Toolik Lake LTER, Toolik Lake, AK, 2001
  • Research Assistant, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, 2000
  • Research Intern, Atmospheric Science Research Center, Wilmington, NY, 1999


Publications (see also Google Scholar Profile)

Heckman K., Lawrence C. R., and Harden J. W. (2018) A sequential selective dissolution method to quantify storage and stability of organic carbon associated with Al and Fe hydroxide phases. Geoderma 312, 24–35.

Harden J. W., Hugelius G., Ahlström A., Blankinship J. C., Bond-Lamberty B., Lawrence C. R., Loisel J., Malhotra A., Jackson R. B., Ogle S., Phillips C., Ryals R., Todd-Brown K., Vargas R., Vergara S. E., Cotrufo M. F., Keiluweit M., Heckman K. A., Crow S. E., Silver W. L., DeLonge M. and Nave L. E. (2017) Networking our science to characterize the state, vulnerabilities, and management opportunities of soil organic matter. Global Change Biol 348, 895–14.

White A., Schulz M. S., Lawrence C. R., Vivit D. V. and Stonestrom D. A. (2017) Long-term flow-through column experiments and their relevance to natural granitoid weathering rates. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 202, 190–214.

Li L., Maher K., Navarre-Sitchler A., Druhan J., Meile C., Lawrence C. R., Moore J., Perdrial J., Sullivan P., Thompson A., Jin L., Bolton E. W., Brantley S. L., Dietrich W. E., Mayer K. U., Steefel C. I., Valocchi A., Zachara J., Kocar B., Mcintosh J., Tutolo B. M., Kumar M., Sonnenthal E., Bao C. and Beisman J. (2017) Expanding the role of reactive transport models in critical zone processes. Earth-Sci Rev 165, 280–301.

Schulz M., Stonestrom D., Lawrence C.R., Bullen T., Fitzpatrick J., Kyker-Snowman E., Manning J. and Mnich M. (2016) Structured Heterogeneity in a Marine Terrace Chronosequence: Upland Mottling.Vadose Zone J 15, 0–14.

Lawrence C.R., Harden J. W., Xu X., Schulz M. S. and Trumbore S. E. (2015) Long-term controls on soil organic carbon with depth and time: A case study from the Cowlitz River Chronosequence, WA USA. Geoderma 247-248, 73–87. [Link]

Lawrence, C.R., Harden, J.W., Maher, K., (2014). Modeling the influence of organic acids on soil weathering. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 139, 487–507. [Link]

Lawrence, C.R., R. L. Reynolds, M. E. Ketterer and J. C. Neff (2013). Aeolian controls of soil geochemistry and weathering fluxes in high-elevation ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 107 (2013): 27-46.

Ballantyne, A.P., Brahney, J., Fernandez, D., Lawrence, C.R., Saros, J., and Neff, J.C. (2011). Biogeochemical response of alpine lakes to a recent increase in dust deposition in the Southwestern, US. Biogeosciences, 8, 2689-2706. doi:10.5194/bg-8-2689-2011 [Link]

Lawrence, C. R., Neff, J. C., & Farmer, G. L. (2011). The accretion of aeolian dust in soils of the San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(F2). doi:10.1029/2010JF001899

Lawrence, C.R., Painter, T.H., Landry, C.C., and Neff, J.C. (2010), Contemporary geochemical composition and flux of aeolian dust to the San Juan Mountains, Colorado, United States, J. Geophys. Res., 115, G03007, doi:10.1029/2009JG001077.

Lawrence, C.R., Neff, J.C. and Schimel, J.S. (2009) Does adding microbial mechanisms of decomposition improve soil organic matter models? A comparison of four models using data from a pulsed rewetting experiment. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 41: 1923-1934.

Lawrence, C.R. and Neff, J.C. (2009) The contemporary physical and chemical flux of aeolian dust: A synthesis of direct measurements of dust deposition. Chemical Geology 267: 46-63.

Neff, J.C., Ballantyne, A.P., Farmer, G.L., Mahowald, N., Conroy, J.L., Landry, C.C., Overpeck, J.T., Painter, T.H., Lawrence, C.R. and Reynolds, R.L. (2008) Increasing eolian dust deposition in the Western United States linked to human activity. Nature Geoscience, 1(3): 189-195.

Painter, T.H., Barrett, A.P., Landry, C.C., Neff, J.C., Cassidy, M.P., Lawrence, C.R., McBride, K.E. and Farmer, G.L. (2007) Impact of disturbed desert soils on duration of mountain snow cover. Geophysical Research Letters, 34(12).