Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Erik Oerter

Postdoctoral Appointment
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

 +1 925-423-6157

University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
University of Colorado, Boulder

Research Interests

I am an earth scientist specializing in stable isotope geochemistry and its application to water and elemental cycling in the near-surface environment using novel instrumentation techniques. In my work I like to closely couple laboratory measurements, experiments, and field studies to understand conditions during Earth's history and better predict the dynamic modern environment.

Honors and Awards

NSF iUTAH EPSCoR Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Utah 2015-2016
Professor Earl Storie Memorial Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley 2015
Hans and Jean Jenny Graduate Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley 2015
Clay Minerals Society Research Grant 2013
Clay Minerals Society, Robert C. Reynolds, Jr. Award, Best Proposal 2013
Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant 2012
Environmental Forum Fellow, UC Berkeley 2012

Selected (Recent) Publications

Oerter, E, A Perelet, E Pardyjak, G Bowen, 2016, Membrane inlet laser spectroscopy to measure H and O stable isotope compositions of soil and sediment pore water with high sample throughput. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.7768

Oerter, E, W Sharp, J Oster, A Ebeling, J Valley, R Kozdon, I Orland, J Hellstrom, J Woodhead, J Hergt, O Chadwick, R Amundson, 2016, Pedothem carbonates reveal anomalous North American atmospheric circulation 70,000 to 55,000 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v. 113, no. 4, p. 919-924, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1515478113

Ebeling, A, E Oerter, J Valley, R Amundson, 2016, Relict soil evidence for profound Quaternary aridification of the Atacama Desert, Chile. Geoderma, v. 267, p. 196-206, doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.12.010

Oerter, E, R Amundson, A Heimsath, M Jungers, G Chong, P Renne, 2016, Early to middle Miocene climate in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 441, p. 890-900, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.10.038

Oerter, E, K Finstad, J Schaeffer, G Goldsmith, T Dawson, R Amundson, 2014, Oxygen isotope fractionation effects in soil water via interaction with cations (Mg, Ca, Na, K) adsorbed to phyllosilicate clay minerals. Journal of Hydrology, v. 515, p. 1-9, doi: 10.1016/j.hydrol.2014.04.029

Oerter, E, 2011, Geothermometry of thermal springs in the Rico, Dunton, and West Fork Dolores River areas, Dolores County, Colorado. Colorado Geological Survey, Resource Series, 95 p.

Oerter, E, M Sares, 2010, Geothermometry of warm springs in the Rico Area, Colorado. Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, v. 34, p. 703-707.

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