Brenda J. Buck

Professor of Geology

Ph.D. - (Agronomy: Soils)-New Mexico State University: 1996

Medical Geology: Dust and Effects on Human Health, Soil Science of Arid Environments (Modern and Ancient)

Phone: (702) 895-1694

Research Emphasis

Dr. Buck's research focuses on Medical Geology, in particular how geological materials impact health. Currently her work focuses on dust and hazards associated with dust exposure including those from asbestiform minerals, arsenic, and other carcinogens. She also performs research to better understand and quantify arid soil processes so that this knowledge can be applied in land use decisions, radionuclide and heavy metal contamination, biologic soil crusts, paleoclimate interpretations, salt tectonics, landscape evolution, soil genesis, geomorphic hazards, and other applications.

Research Publications

In Press:

Monger, H.C., Buck, B.J., Hawley, J., and Rachal, D., in press, Geochronology of the Bolson sand sheet, New Mexico and Texas, and its archaeological significance: Discussion, GSA Bulletin.

Soukup, Buck, B.J., Goossens, D., Ulery, A., McLaurin, B., Baron, D., and Teng, Y., in press (2012), Arsenic Concentrations in Dust Emissions from Wind Erosion and Off-Road Vehicles in the Nellis Dunes Recreational Area, Nevada, USA, Journal of Aeolian Research

Goossens, D., Buck, B.J.,, McLaurin, B., in press 2012, Contributions to atmospheric dust production of natural and anthropogenic emissions in a recreational area designated for off-road vehicular activity (Nellis Dunes, Nevada, USA), Journal of Arid Environments 78:80-99.

Published (peer reviewed):
(* denotes student author)

Buck, B.J., King, J., and Etyemezian, V., 2011, Effects of Salt Mineralogy on Dust Emissions: Salton Sea California, USA, Soil Science Society of America Journal 75:1958-1972

Goossens, D. and Buck, Brenda, 2011, Effects Of Wind Erosion, Off-Road Vehicular Activity, Atmospheric Conditions And The Proximity Of A Metropolitan Area On PM10 Characteristics In A Recreational Site. Atmospheric Environment. 45:94-107

Garside, L.J., House, P.K., Burchfield, B., Rowland, S., and Buck, B.J., 2011, Geologic Map of the Jean Quadrangle, Clark County, Nevada, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Goossens, D., and Buck, Brenda, 2011, Gross erosion, net erosion and gross deposition of dust by wind: field data from 17 desert surfaces, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. v. 36, p. 610-623. DOI: 10.1002/esp.2080

King, J., Etyemezian, V., Sweeney, M., Buck, B., and Nikolich, G., 2011, Dust emission variability at the Salton Sea, California, USA, Journal of Aeolian Research 3:67-79.

McLaurin, B.T., Goossens, D., and Buck, B.J., 2011, Combining surface mapping and process data to assess, predict, and manage dust emissions from natural and disturbed land surfaces, Geosphere, v. 7, p. 260-275, doi:10.1130/GES00593.1

House, P.K., Buck, B.J., and Ramelli, A.R., 2010, Geologic assessment of piedmont and playa flood hazards in the Ivanpah Valley area, Clark County, Nevada (online only), Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 53.

Williams, A.*, Buck, B. J., Soukup, D., Merkler, D., 2010, Integrated model of biological soil crust distribution, Mojave Desert (USA), 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World: 1 – 6 August 2010, Brisbane, Australia. Published on CDROM, p. 1-4

Buck, Brenda J.,  Lawton, T., and Brock, A., 2010, Evaporitic paleosols in continental strata of the Carroza Formation, La Popa Basin, Mexico: record of Paleogene climate and salt tectonics, GSA Bulletin, v. 122, no. 7-8, p. 1011-1026. View Paper Online

Goossens, D., and Buck, Brenda J., 2009, Dust dynamics in off-road vehicle trails: Measurements on 16 arid soil types, Nevada, USA, Journal of Environmental Management, v. 90, p. 3458-3469

Monger, H. Curtis, Cole, David R., Gallegos, Robert A., and Buck, Brenda J., 2009, Scale, Paleoclimate, and 13C in Pedogenic Carbonate from the Biome to the Rhizosphere, Ecology, v. 90, no. 6, p. 1498-1511

Brock, A.*, and Buck, Brenda J., 2009, Polygenetic development of the Mormon Mesa, NV petrocalcic horizons: Importance for future application of absolute dating techniques, Catena (1), p. 65-75


GEOG 103: Physical Geography
GEOG 103: Physical Geography -Web Distance Learning Course
GEOG 103: Physical Geography -Web Distance Learning 5 week Course
GEOL 303: Global Environmental Change
GEOL 491: Geoscience Seminar   
GEOL 410/610: Soil Classification and Resource Management
GEOL 410/610L: Soil Classification and Resource Management Lab
GEOL 786: Soils Applications: Paleoclimate, Neotectonics, Archaeology
GEOL 776: Paleosols: Records of Past Landscapes
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Arid Soil Processes & NRCS mapping
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Genesis of Stage VI Petrocalcic Horizons
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Thin Section Preparation of Friable Soils
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Electron Microscope Analysis of Pedogenic Salts, Death Valley
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Electron Microscope Analysis of Pedogenic Clays
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Soil Mineralogy (Carbonate Mineralogy of Death Valley Soils)
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Soil Mineralogy & Microbiology of Pedogenic Carbonates
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Clay Mineralogy of Atacama Soils
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Arid Soil Genesis
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Applications in Endolithic Microbiology
GEOL 793: Independent Study: Soil Pedology
GEOL 796: Advanced Topics: Advanced Soil Geomorphology