Marci M Robinson


Marci is a Research Geologist specializing in planktic and benthic foraminifera and is the Project Chief of the Eastern Coastal Plain Studies project. The Eastern Coastal Plain Studies project aims to develop a greater understanding of the geology of the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain Province through the development of geologic maps and complementary geochronologic and paleontologic data. Detailed and regional-scale geologic mapping, subsurface investigations, and focused studies of landscape evolution and paleoclimate are combined to address geologic framework problems, paleoecological reconstructions, and applied water resource issues such as water-resource availability and sustainability. Within this project, Marci's work focuses on Eocene Hyperthermals.



Ph.D. Environmental Science and Policy (Geology), George Mason University, 2007

Thesis:  Paleo-inlet dynamics and the genesis of shelf sand ridges via benthic foraminifera:  Old Currituck Inlet, Virginia/North Carolina (Advisor:  Randolph A. McBride)


B.S. Earth Systems Science (High Distinction), George Mason University, 1996

Thesis:  Planktonic foraminiferal assemblages and sea surface temperature estimates for the Benguela Current region of Southwest Africa (Advisor:  Richard J. Diecchio)


Research Geologist, USGS (Reston), 2009-Present

Specializing in planktic and benthic foraminifera, changes in shallow shelf environments and paleoclimate research.  Current projects focus on the Pliocene and Eocene Hyperthermals.


Mendenhall Post-doctoral Fellow, USGS (Reston), 2007-2009

Project Title:  Integrated Multi-proxy Analyses of mid-Pliocene Ocean Temperatures for an Improved Paleoclimate Reconstruction