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Brian Marshall

Supervisory Physical Scientist

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Brian Marshall is the manager of the Geochemistry Lab in the Energy Resources Science Center. He has been with the USGS since 1984, applying isotopic and chemical measurements to problems in hydrology, waste disposal, geochronology, and igneous petrology. He earned a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from UCLA in 1984 and a B.S. in Geology from the University of California at Davis in 1979.

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Paces, J.B., Neymark, L.A., Whelan, J.F., Wooden, J.L., Lund, S.P., and Marshall, B.D., 2010, Limited hydrologic response to Pleistocene climate change in deep vadose zones - Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 300, 287-298. [Link]

Bryan, C.R., Helean, K.B., Marshall, B.D., and Brady, P.V. 2009, Feldspar dissolution rates in the Topopah Spring Tuff, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Applied Geochemistry, v. 24, 2133-2143. [Link]

Whelan, J.F., Neymark, L.A., Moscati, R.J., Marshall, B.D. & Roedder, E. 2008, Thermal history of the unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, USA, Applied Geochemistry, vol. 23, 1041-1075.

Muhs, D.R., Bettis, E.A.,III, Aleinikoff, J.N., McGeehin, J.P., Beann, J., Skipp, G., Marshall, B.D., Roberts, H.M., Johnson, W.C. & Benton, R. 2008, Origin and aleoclimatic significance of late Quaternary loess in Nebraska; evidence from stratigraphy, chronology, sedimentology, and geochemistry, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120, 1378-1407.

Paces, James B.; Peterman, Zell E.; Futo, Kiyoto; Oliver, Thomas A.; Marshall, Brian D., 2007. Strontium Isotopic Composition of Paleozoic Carbonate Rocks in the Nevada Test Site Vicinity, Clark, Lincoln, and Nye Counties, Nevada, and Inyo County, California. Geological Survey (U.S.) Data Series 280, vi, 43 p. [Link]

Paces, James B.; Neymark, Leonid A.; Marshall, Brian D.; Whelan, Joseph F.; Peterman, Zell E., 2001. Ages and Origins of Calcite and Opal in the Exploratory Studies Facility Tunnel, Yucca Mountain, Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2001-4049, vi, 95 p. [Link]

Marshall, Brian D., 1993. Conversion of the Radiometric Age Data Bank (RADB) to the National Geochronological Data Base (NGDB). U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 93-336, 76 p. ;28 cm.

Marshall, Brian D. , 1989. CONTROL; a solid-source mass spectrometer data acquisition program for use with Hewlett-Packard computers. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 89-160, ii, 50 p. ill. ;28 cm.


Marshall, B.D., Oliver, T.A., and Peterman, Z.E., 2007, Chemistry of water collected from an unventilated drift, Yucca Mountain, Nevada. In Dunn, D., et al., eds., Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XXX, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings v. 985, p. 511-518.

Marshall, Brian D., Neymark, Leonid A., and Peterman, Zell E., 2003, Estimation of past seepage volumes from calcite distribution in the Topopah Spring Tuff, Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, vol.62-63, p.237-247.

Marshall, B.D. and Futa, K., 2003, Strontium in pore water from the Topopah Spring Tuff, Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Proceedings of the Tenth International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV. American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL, p. 373-376.

Marshall, B.D. and Futa, K., 2001. Strontium isotope evolution of pore water and calcite in the Topopah Spring Tuff, Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Proceedings of the Ninth International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV. American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL, (unpaginated CD-ROM) 09_5.

Marshall, B.D., 1999, Potassium-calcium decay system, in Encyclopedia of Geochemistry. Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, p. 525-526. 

Marshall, B.D., 1999, Dating methods, in Encyclopedia of Geochemistry. Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, p. 124-125. 

Marshall, B.D., Futa K., and Peterman Z.E., 1998, Hydrologic inferences from strontium isotopes in pore water from the unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Proceedings of FTAM: Field Testing and Associated Modeling of Potential High-Level Nuclear Waste Geologic Disposal Sites, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory LBNL-42520, p. 55-56. 

Marshall B.D., Paces J.B., Neymark L.A., Whelan J.F., and Peterman Z.E., 1998, Secondary minerals record past percolation flux at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. High Level Radioactive Waste Management Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference, p. 127-129. 

Marshall, B.D., Kyser, T.K., and Peterman, Z.E., 1996, Oxygen isotopes and trace elements in the Tiva Canyon Tuff, Yucca Mountain and vicinity, Nye County, Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-431, 49 p. 

Marshall, B.D. and Mahan, S.A., 1994, Strontium isotope geochemistry of soil and playa deposits near Yucca Mountain, Nevada: High Level Radioactive Waste Management Proceedings, v. 5th, p. 2685-2691. 

Marshall, B.D., Stuckless, J.S., Peterman, Z.E., and Whelan, J.F., 1993, Isotopic studies of cavity filling and fracture coating minerals as an aid to understanding paleohydrology, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, USA, in Paleohydrological Methods and their Applications, Proceedings of NEA-OECD Workshop held November 1992, p. 147-159. 

Marshall, B.D., Whelan, J.F., Peterman, Z.E., Futa, K, Mahan, S.A., and Stuckless, J.S., 1992, Isotopic studies of fracture coatings at Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, v. 1, p. 737-740. 

Marshall, B.D., Peterman, Z.E., Futa, K., and Stuckless, J.S., 1991, Strontium isotopes in carbonate deposits at Crater Flat, Nevada: High Level Radioactive Waste Management Proceedings, v. 2nd, p. 1423-1428.

Marshall, Brian D. and Futa, Kiyoto, 1991, Lanthanide element mobility and Sm-Nd systematics in a contact metamorphic zone: Radiochimica Acta, v. 52/53, p. 405-411.

Marshall, Brian D. and DePaolo, Donald J., 1989, Calcium isotopes in igneous rocks and the origin of granite: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 53, p. 917-922.

Marshall, B.D., Woodard, H.H., and DePaolo, D.J., 1986, K-Ca-Ar systematics of authigenic sanidine from Waukau, Wisconsin, and the diffusivity of argon: Geology, v. 14, p. 936-938.

Marshall, B.D. and DePaolo, D.J., 1982, Precise age determinations and petrogenetic studies using the K-Ca method: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v.46, p. 2537-2545. 

Marshall, B. and Taylor, B.E., 1981, Origin of hydrothermal fluids responsible for gold deposition, Alleghany District, Sierra County, California, in Silberman, M.L. et al., eds., Proceedings of the Symposium on Mineral Deposits of the Pacific Northwest: U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-355, 280-293. 




My Science Topics

Science Topic
Environmental Issuesground-water quality
Environmental Issueswaste treatment and disposal
Techniques and Methodsisotopic analysis
Techniques and Methodslaboratory methods
Natural Resourcescoal resources
Natural Resourcesenergy resources
Natural Resourcesnatural gas resources
Natural Resourcesoil resources

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Data Integration & Interoperability

Energy & Minerals for America's Future

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