Jon Husson

Jon Husson

I am excited to annouce that I will be joining the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria in April of 2017 as an assistant professor! Learn about the projects I plan to start, and contact me if you are interested in graduate work on beautiful Vancouver Island!


I study the evolution of Earth's surface environment over geologic timescales, and in particular focus on the interactions between the biosphere, climate, sea level and ocean geochemistry. To this end, Earth's sedimentary carapace is our only archive that documents the ~4 billion year recorded history of the surface environment. Thus, my work is grounded in field observations of sediments, particularly of carbonates — precipitates that simultaneously record information about the chemical, physical and biological conditions in which they formed. Field campaigns are supplemented by the development of geochemical (δ¹³C, δ¹⁸O, δ44Ca, δ26Mg, trace element) time series and age models anchored by U-Pb dating of volcanic zircon via CA-ID-TIMS. Recently, I have been exploring Earth history at a larger scale by working with Macrostrat, a database that seeks to describe the spatio-temporal distribution of rocks in North America. Working with the machine-reading and -learning initiative GeoDeepDive, I am integrating large datasets of sedimentary geochemistry into Macrostrat. My goal is to model continental patterns of sedimentation and explore the attendant implications for the evolution of biogeochemical cycles.