I study geologic deposits associated with desert wetlands, pluvial lakes, and anything else I can get my hands on to query the paleoclimate record of the American Southwest.
I was trained as a geologist and paleontologist, with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, and spent the first part of my career at the San Bernardino County Museum where I was the Senior Curator of Geological Sciences. Now with the USGS, my research focuses on deciphering paleo-depositional environments of Quaternary localities (paleowetlands and pluvial lakes) throughout the Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin, stressing the application of detailed stratigraphic and chronologic controls. I also use detailed geologic mapping to understand how hydrologic systems in the desert responded to past episodes of climate change and tectonic activity. In addition, I am a lifelong geoscience educator and communicator, specializing in earthquake science messaging by raising awareness of earthquake hazards and risk and promoting natural disaster preparedness.
Science and Products
Science and Products
Pre-USGS PublicationsRamelli, R.A., Page, R.W., Manker, C.R., Springer, K.B., 2012, Preliminary geologic map of the Corn Creek Springs, NW quadrangle, Clark County, Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 175, scale 1:24,000.Ramelli, Alan R.; Page, William R.; Manker, Craig R.; Springer, Kathleen B., 2011, Geologic map of the Gass Peak SW quadrangle, Clark County, Nevada; 2011; Other Government Series; 175.Springer, K.B., Scott, E., Manker C.R., Rowland, S., 2011, Vertebrate paleontology of Pleistocene lakes and groundwater discharge deposits of the Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin: Nevada State Museum Paleontological Papers no. 1, 168-243.Springer, K.B., Scott, Eric, Sagabiel, J.C., and Murray, L.K., 2010, Late Pleistocene large mammal faunal dynamics from inland southern California: The Diamond Valley Lake local fauna: Quaternary International, v. 217, iss. 1-2, p. 256-265.Springer, K.B., Scott, E., Sagebiel, J.C., Murray, L.K., 2009, The Diamond Valley Lake local fauna: late Pleistocene vertebrates from inland southern California: Papers on Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology and Biostratigraphy in Honor of Michael O. Woodburne (L.B. Albright III, ed). Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 65, 217-235.Scott, E., Springer, K.B., Sagebiel, J.C., Manker, C.R., 2006, Planning for the future: preserving and interpreting paleontology and geology in Joshua Tree National Park. America’s Antiquities: 100 Years of Managing Fossils on Federal Lands (Lucas, S.G., Spielmann, J.A., Hester, P.M., Kenworthy, J.P., Santucci, V.L., eds). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 34, 159-164.Scott, E., Springer, K.B., and Sagebiel, J.C., 2004, Vertebrate paleontology in the Mojave Desert: the continuing importance of “follow-through” in preserving paleontologic resources. The Human Journey and Ancient Life in California’s Deserts: Proceedings from the 2001 Millennium Conference (Allen, M.W., Reed, J., eds.). Maturango Museum Publication no. 15, 65-70.Scott, E., and Springer, K.B., 2003, CEQA and fossil preservation in southern California: The Environmental Monitor 17, 4-10.Anderson, R., Power, M., Smith, S., Springer, K., and Scott, E., 2002, Paleoecology of a Middle Wisconsin Deposit from Southern California: Quaternary Research, 58(3), 310-317. doi:10.1006/qres.2002.2388Campbell, Kenneth, Scott, Eric, and Springer, Kathleen, 1999, A New Genus for the Incredible Teratorn (Aves: Teratornithidae): Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology. 89.Springer, K.B. and Murphy, Michael, 1994, Punctuated stasis and collateral evolution in the Devonian lineage of Monograptus hercynicus: Lethaia. 27. 119-128.Woodburne, M.O., Case, J.A., Springer, M.S., Woodburne, J., Springer, K.B., and Power, J.D., 1993, Biostratigraphy and paleontology of the Etadunna Formation, South Australia: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 13(4), 483-515.Murphy, M., & Springer, K., 1989, Morphometric study of the platform elements of Amydrotaxis praejohnsoni n. sp. (Lower Devonian, conodonts, Nevada): Journal of Paleontology, 63(3), 349-355. doi:10.1017/S002233600001951X