Morgan F. Schaller

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Morgan F. Schaller
Research Associate, Lecturer

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Wright Labs, GSLB 116
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066 U.S.A.

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Education

  • 2011 Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2007 M.Sc., Hydrogeology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2005 B.S., Biology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
  • 2005 B.A., Geology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Research Interests

  • Stable isotope geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy, carbon cycle modeling, and their application to ancient atmospheric CO2 and tectonic-scale climate change

Publications

  • Schaller, M.F., Wright, J. D., Kent, D. V., (In Revision), A 33 million-year record of Late Triassic pCO2 reflects fundamental control of the carbon-cycle by changes in continental distribution, Geological Society of America Bulletin.
  • Wright, J. D., and Schaller, M. F., (2013) Evidence for a rapid release of carbon at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences v.110, p. 15908-15913.
  • Kampman, N., Maskell, A., Chapman, H., Bickle, M., Evans, J., Schaller, M.F., Purser, G., Zhou, Z., Dubacq, B., Wigley, M., Assayag, N., Rochelle, C., Ballentine, C., Busch, A., (2013,) Drilling and sampling a natural CO2 reservoir: Implications for fluid flow and CO2-fluid-rock reactions during CO2 migration through the overburden. Chemical Geology,
  • Kampman, N., Maskell, A., Bickle, M., Schaller, M.F., Evans, J., Busch, A., (2013), Drilling and sampling of a natural CO2 reservoir: Green River, Utah.  Scientific Drilling. V. 16, 33-4.
  • Schaller, M.F., Wright, J. D., Kent, D. V., (2011), Atmospheric pCO2 perturbations associated with the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province, Science, 331, 1404. PDF
  • Schaller, M.F., Wright, J.D., Kent, D.V., (2011) Response to Comment on "Atmospheric pCO2 Perturbations Associated with the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province": Science, v. 334, no. 6056, p. 594. PDF
  • Schaller, M. F., Wright, J. D., Kent, D. V., and Olsen, P. E., (2012), Rapid emplacement of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province as a net sink for CO2: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 323-324, 27-39. PDF
  • Schaller, M. F., and Fan, Y. (2009), River basins as groundwater exporters and importers: Implications for water cycle and climate modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 114, D04103, doi:10.1029/2008JD010636. PDF

Grants and Scholarships

  • NSF Earth Sciences Division: Stable Isotopic Evidence of the pCO2 Response to the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. Award 0958867, 4/1/2010 – 4/1/2012, $183,453
    Note: this grant was made based on submission of my dissertation proposal; co-PI status was not available to graduate students
  •  NSF Earth Sciences Division: Generating a continuous record of Late Triassic pCO2 from cores recovered by the Colorado Plateau Coring Project through the Petrified Forest section. Pending, submitted 7/18/2013, $267,054 requested, PI
  • NSF Earth Sciences Division: Testing the Fast Release Hypothesis for the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum Carbon Isotope Excursion. Pending, submitted 10/31/2013, $457,000 requested, Co-PI
  • Geochemical Society Conference Travel Support; 2011
  • Rutgers University Graduate School of New Brunswick Special Studies Award; 2010
  • Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America; 2006, 2009
  • SEPM, Society for Sedimentary Geology, Student Research Grant; 2009
  • Undergraduate Research Grant, Binghamton University; 2002, 2003
  • Lagrange Rotary Scholarship, Lagrangeville, NY; 2000
  • Housatonic Audubon Society's "Promising Young Scholar" award; 2000, 2001
  • Benjamin Boice Memorial Scholarship; 2000

Published Abstracts and Presentations

  • Whiteside, J.H., Sepulveda, J., Schaller, M.F., Summons, R.E., and IODP 342 Scientists (2013), Environmental factors affecting TEX86 sea surface temperatures across the Cenomanian/Turonian ocean anoxic event. International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry
  • Schaller, M.F., and Wright, J.D., (2012) Outpacing the Anthropocene: New constraints on the rate of carbon release at the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum. , Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., AbstractPP22B-06
  • Schaller, M.F., Wright, J.D., Kent, D.V., A 33 million-year record of Late Triassic pCO2 shows control of the carbon-cycle by changes in continental distribution. Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., AbstractPP33D-04
  • Olsen, P. E., Schaller, M.F., et al. (2012), Was it the CO2 or the sulfur that did it? The mechanism of mass extinction of continental vertebrates at the end-Triassic extinction. European Geophysical Union, Abstract 13755, SSP4.6
  • Schaller, M. F., Wright, J. D., Kent, D. V. (2011), Major CO2 source and sink perturbations of the global carbon cycle due to rapid emplacement of Continental Flood Basalts, Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V54A-07.
  • Schaller, M. F., Wright, J. D., Kent, D. V. (2011), Are Large Igneous Provinces net-sinks for CO2? Goldshmidt, 2011.
  • Schaller, M. F., Wright, J. D., Kent, D. V. (2010), Paleosol-derived estimates of atmospheric pCO2 perturbations associated with the ~201.5 Ma Central Atlantic Magmatic Province, Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract B51F-0411
  • Schaller, M. F., and Fan, Y (2007), Is Regional Groundwater Flow a Significant Component of the Water Budget in a River Basin? Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H33C-1451
  • Fan, Y., Miguez-Macho, G., Schaller, M. F. (2007), The Role of the Groundwater Reservoir in the Global Water Cycle, Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H24D-03

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate School of New Brunswick Deans Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers, 2011
  • Richard K. Olsson Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2010
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU Fall Meeting, 2007
  • Distinguished Independent Research in Geology, Binghamton University, 2005
  • Ralph Digman Award for Excellence in Geology, Binghamton University, 2005
  • Deans List, Harpur College, Binghamton University, Fall 2002 – Spring 2005

Appointments

  • 2013 –              Research Associate, Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
  • 2012 – 2013      Research Associate, Geological Sciences, Brown University
  • 2012                 Laboratory Associate, Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
  • 2012                 Research Scientist, Geology, Utah State University
  • 2012 –              Lecturer, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University
  • 2011 – 2012      Post-Doctoral Associate; Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University

 

 

Invited Talks and Guest Lectures

  • Schaller, M.F., Estimating ancient atmospheric CO2 concentrations (Invited). Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University (Aug. 2013)
  • Schaller, M. F., Outpacing the Anthropocene: New constraints on the rate of carbon release at the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum.(invited) Binghamton University (Feb. 2013)
  • Schaller, M. F., Equilibrium drivers of the long-term carbon cycle. University of Notre Dame, (Feb. 2013).
  • Schaller, M. F., Wright, J. D., Kent, D. V. (2012), Atmospheric CO2 response to the rapid eruption of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province, GSA Northeast, Abstract 200623 (invited)
  • Schaller, M.F., What's driving the long-term carbon cycle?  Lessons from the Late Triassic and the rapidly erupted Central Atlantic Magmatic Province, (invited) Utah State University, (June 2012); Binghamton University (Oct. 2012); University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign (Nov. 2012), University of Notre Dame, (Feb. 2013).
  • Schaller, M.F., Are Large Igneous Provinces net-sinks for CO2? Brown University, July 2011

 

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