John Robbins

Director Stable Isotope Laboratory





Ph.D., Southern Methodist University


Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2010 (R. T. Gregory, advisor)

M.S., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2007 (R. T. Gregory, advisor)
B.S., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2004 (Anthropology)
A.S., Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, TX, 2002 (General Studies)


Investigating Holocene climate change on the Northern Channel Islands and Cretaceous mosasaur ecology using stable isotopes


Stable Isotopes, Marine Paleoclimates, and Human Subsistence on California’s Channel Islands


Graniero, L.E., Grossman, E.L., Robbins, J. A., Morales, J., Thompson, R., and O’Dea, A., 2017. Conus shell δ13C values as proxies for δ13CDICin tropical waters. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., v. 472, p. 119-127.

Robbins, J. A.
, Ferguson, K. M., and Gregory, R. T. 2013. A 7,000 year sea surface temperature record from CA-SRI-147, Santa Rosa Island, California. The Holocene.

Tao, K., Robbins, J. A., Grossman, E. L., and O’Dea, A. 2013. Quantifying upwelling and freshening in nearshore tropical environments using stable isotopes in modern mollusks from the Central American Isthmus. Bulletin of Marine Science.

Jacobs, L.L., Mateus, O., Polcyn, M.J., Schulp, A.S., Scotese, C.R., Goswami, A., Ferguson, K.M., Robbins, John A., Vineyard, D.P., and Neto, A.B.  2009. Cretaceous paleogeography, paleoclimatology, and amniote biogeography of the low and mid-latitude South Atlantic Ocean. Bulletin of the Geological Society of France 180: 239-247.

Robbins, John A., Ferguson, K.M., Polcyn, M.J., and Jacobs, L.L. 2008. Application of stable carbon isotope analysis to mosasaur ecology. In M.J. Everhart, ed. Proceedings of the second mosasaur meeting, Fort Hays Studies, Special Issue Number 3: 123-130.

Robbins, John A., and Torben C. Rick. 2007. The Analysis of Stable Isotopes from California Coastal Archaeological Sites: Implications for Understanding Human Cultural Developments and Environmental Change, Proceedings of the Society for California Archaeology 19: 29-33.

Rick, Torben C., Robbins, John A., and Kurt M. Ferguson. 2006. Stable Isotopes from Marine Shells, Ancient Environments, and Human Subsistence on Middle Holocene Santa Rosa Island, California, U.S.A. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 1: 233-254.