Brenda J. Buck

Professor of Geology

Ph.D. New Mexico State University

Medical Geology - Mineral Dust and Effects on Human Health.

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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.

Research Publications

Published (peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters)

Baumann F, Buck B, Metcalf R, McLaurin BT, Merkler D and Carbone M (2015). Answer to the Letter to the Editor: No increased risk for mesothelioma in relation to natural-occurring asbestos in Southern Nevada. Journal of Thoracic Oncology, In Press.

Baumann, F., Buck, B. J., Metcalf, R. V., McLaurin, B. T., Merler, D., Carbone, M. The presence of asbestos in the natural environment is linked to mesothelioma in young individuals and women in Southern Nevada. Journal of Thoracic Oncology. 10: 731-737

Goossens, D., Buck, B., Teng, Y., and McLaurin, B., 2015, Surface and airborne arsenic concentrations in a recreational site near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, PLOS ONE 10(4): e0124271. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124271

Robins, C.R, Deurlington, A., Buck, Brenda J, Brock-Hon, Amy L. 2015. Micromorphology and formation of pedogenic ooids in calcic and petrocalcic soils. Geoderma 251-252: 10-23.

Metcalf, R.V., and Buck, B.J., 2015, Genesis and health risk implication of an unusual occurrence of NaFe3+-amphibole: Geology v. 43, p. 63-66, doi:10.1130/G36199.1

Soukup, D., Buck, B.J., Goossens, D., Ulery, A., McLaurin, B., Baron, D., and Teng, Y., 2014. Corrigendum to “Arsenic concentrations in dust emisions from wind erosion and off-road vehicles in the Nellis Dunes Recreational Area, Nevada USA”, Aeolian Research 13:121-122.

Goossens, D., Buck, B.J., Teng, Y., Robins*, C., Goldstein, H., 2014,Effect of sulfate and carbonate minerals on particle size distributions in arid soils: Use of isopropanol for analysis, Soil Science Society of America Journal. 78:881–893

Goossens, D., Buck, B. J.  2014, Dynamics of dust clouds produced by off-road vehicle driving, Journal of Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering. vol. 4, no. 2, 2014, 1-21

Robins*, C.R, Buck, B.J., and Williams*, A.J., 2014, Establishing soil and surficial geologic habitat criteria for presumed gypsophiles - the example of Eriogonumcorymbosum var. nilesii, Mojave Desert, U.S.A. Catena Volume 118, p. 9-19.

Robins*, C.R., Buck, B.J., Spell, T.L., Soukup, D.A., Steinberg, S., 2014, Testing the applicability of vacuum-encapsulated 40Ar/39Ar geochronology to pedogenic palygorskite and sepiolite, Quaternary Geochronology, v. 20, p. 8-22

Buck, B.J., Goossens, D. Metcalf, R.V., McLaurin, B., Ren, M., and Freudenberger*, F., 2013, Naturally occurring asbestos: Potential for human exposure, southern Nevada USA, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77:2192-2204. doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.05.0183

Williams*, A.J., Buck, B.J., Soukup, D., Merkler, D., 2013, Geomorphic Controls on Biological Soil Crust Distribution: A Conceptual Model from the Mojave Desert (USA). Geomorphology. 195:99-109

Goldstein, H.L., Reynolds, R.L., Morman, S.A., Moskowitz, B., Kokaly, R.F., Goossens, D., Buck, B.J., Flagg, D., Till, J., Yauk, K., and Berquo, T.S., 2013. Iron mineralogy and bioaccessibility of dust generated from soils as determined by reflectance spectroscopy and magnetic and chemical properties - Nellis Dunes recreational area, Nevada: USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5054, 15p.

H. Curtis Monger, Brenda J. Buck, John W. Hawley, and David M. Rachal
Geochronology of the Bolson sand sheet, New Mexico and Texas, and its archaeological significance: Discussion Geological Society of America Bulletin, September 2012, v. 124, no. 9-10, p. 1552-1556, doi: 10.1130/B30517.1

Robins*, C., Brock-Hon*, A., Buck, B.J., 2012, Conceptual Mineral Genesis Models for Calcic Pendants and Petrocalcic Horizons, Nevada. Soil Science Society of America Journal, doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0073

Williams*, A.J., Buck, B.J., Beyene*, M.A. 2012. Biological Soil Crusts in the Mojave Desert, USA: Micromorphology and Pedogenesis. Soil Science Society of America Journal. doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0021

Soukup, D., Buck, B.J., Goossens, D., Ulery, A., McLaurin, B., Baron, D., and Teng, Y., 2012 Arsenic Concentrations in Dust Emissions from Wind Erosion and Off-Road Vehicles in the Nellis Dunes Recreational Area, Nevada, USA, Aeolian Research, 5:77-89.

Goossens, D., and Buck, B.J., 2012,Can BSNE (Big Spring Number Eight) samplers be used to measure PM10, respirable dust, PM2.5, and PM1.0? Aeolian Research 5:43-49.

Brock-Hon*, A., Robins*, C., Buck, B.J., 2012, Micromorphological investigation of pedogenic barite in Mormon Mesa petrocalcic horizons, Nevada USA: Implication for genesis, Geoderma 179-180:1-8

Goossens, D., Buck, B.J., McLaurin, B., 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 salt tectonics and climate change, GSA Bulletin v.122, no. 7/8, p. 1011-1026.

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.


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