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Benjamin T. Cardenas

EDUCATION

PhD, Geological Sciences, Expected 2019

The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences        

Dissertation: Controls on the Construction and Preservation of Fluvial and Aeolian Strata

Advisor: David Mohrig                                                                                                                                 

                               

MS, Geological Sciences, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences            

Advisors: David Mohrig and Gary Kocurek                                                                                   

               

BS, Geological Sciences & Mathematics minor, 2012

The University of Texas at San Antonio                                                                                         

Undergraduate Research Advisors: Hongjie Xie and Judy Haschenburger

               

HONORS AND AWARDS

NASA/Mars Exploration Program Travel Grant to the Fourth landing site workshop for the Mars 2020 rover mission, $1,000

October 2018

 

NASA/Mars Exploration Program Travel Grant to the Fifth Planetary Dunes Workshop, $1,150

May 2017

 

Jackson School of Geosciences Seed Grant, $5,250

January 2016

 

Jackson School of Geosciences Planetary Science Theme Scholarship

January 2015

 

Jackson School of Geosciences Off-Campus Research Grant

May 2013

 

Jackson School of Geosciences Fellowship

2012-2013

 

Best Talk Award, Minority Opportunities for Research in Engineering and Science Colloquium, University of Texas at San Antonio

May 2012

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

* indicates undergraduate mentee

In Preparation

5. Cardenas, B.T., Mohrig, D., Goudge, T.A., Hughes, C.M., Levy, J.S., Swanson, T., and Mason, J., Anatomy of an exhumed river channel belt.

 

4. *Zhao, X., Cardenas, B.T., and Kim, W. Aeolian grainflow: from surface process to subsurface record.

 

3. Cardenas, B.T., Goudge, T.A., Mohrig, D., and Swanson, T., Earth analog considerations for the remote sensing of fluvial and aeolian strata on Mars.

 

2. Cardenas, B.T., Swartz, J.M., and Mohrig, D., Setting up the preservation of fluvial channel belts.

 

1. Cardenas, B.T., Smith, B.P., et al. Surface cement control on carbonate grainstone geometry.

 

In Review

2. Swanson, T., Mohrig, D., Kocurek, G., Cardenas, B.T., Wolinsky, M.A. (in revision) Preservation of autogenic processes and allogenic forcings within set-scale aeolian architecture I: numerical experiments: Journal of Sedimentary Research

 

1. Cardenas, B.T., Kocurek, G., Mohrig, D., Swanson, T., Hughes, C.M., and Brothers, S.C. (in revision), Preservation of autogenic processes and allogenic forcings within set-scale aeolian architecture II: the scour-fill dominated Jurassic Page Sandstone, Arizona, USA.: Journal of Sedimentary Research

 

Published

4. Kocurek, G., Martindale, R.C., Day, M.D., Goudge, T.A., Kerans, C., Hassenruck-Gudipati, H.J., Mason, J., Cardenas, B.T., Petersen, E.I., Mohrig, D., Aylward, D.S., Hughes, C.M., and Nazworth, C.M. (2019) Antecedent aeolian dune topographic control on carbonate and evaporate facies: Jurassic Todilto Member, Wanakah Formation, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Sedimentology, v. 66, p. 808-837.

 

3. *Hughes, C.M., Cardenas, B.T., Goudge, T.A., and Mohrig, D. (2019) Deltaic Deposits Indicative of a Paleo-Coastline at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars. Icarus, v. 317, p. 442-453.

 

2. Goudge, T.A., Mohrig, D., Cardenas, B.T., Hughes, C.M., and Fassett, C.I. (2018) Stratigraphy and Paleohydrology of Delta Channel Deposits, Jezero Crater, Mars. Icarus, v. 301, p. 58-75.

 

1. Cardenas, B.T., Mohrig, D., and Goudge, T.A. (2018), Fluvial stratigraphy of valley fills at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Evidence for base-level fluctuations controlled by a downstream water body. GSA Bulletin, v. 130, p. 484-498.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

1. Cardenas, B.T., Evidence for coastline-controlled changes in base level from fluvial stratigraphy at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars. MS Thesis, UT-Austin, 2014.

 

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

2019

27. Cardenas, B.T., Kocurek, G., Mohrig, D., Swanson, T., Hughes, C.M., and Brothers, S.C., 2019, Autogenic processes and environmental forcings recorded in aeolian stratigraphy I: the Jurassic Page Sandstone, Arizona, USA: AAPG ACE 2019, San Antonio, TX, USA.

 

26. Swanson, T., Mohrig, D., Kocurek., G., Cardenas, B.T., 2019, Autogenic Processes and Environmental Forcings Recorded in aeolian stratigraphy II: numerical experiments: AAPG ACE 2019, San Antonio, TX, USA.

 

25. Cardenas, B.T., Swartz, J.M., and Mohrig, D., 2019, The length of fluvial sinuous ridges on Mars: 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 18-22 March, 2019, held at The Woodlands, Texas, LPI Contribution No. 2132, id.1677.

 

2018

24. *Zhao, X., Cardenas, B.T., and Kim, W., 2018, Grainflow thickness: surface process to subsurface record: EP51C-1832, presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 Dec.

 

23. Liu, X.C., Mohrig D.C., Buttles, J.L., Kim, W., Slyvester, Z., Hudec, M.R., Fernandez, N., and Cardenas, B.T., 2018, Unraveling the geometric signals in mini-basin development that are connected to turbidity-current sedimentation versus gravity sliding: An experimental approach: EP51A-03, presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 Dec.

 

22. Cardenas, B.T., Mohrig, D.C., Goudge, T.A., Hughes, C.M., Levy, J., Swanson, T., and Mason, J., 2018, Anatomy of exhumed river channel-belts: EP52A-01, presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 Dec.

 

21. Hayden, A., Lamb, M.P., Mohrig, D.C., McElroy, B.J., Williams, R.M.E., Myrow, P., Ewing, R., Cardenas, B.T., and Findlay, C.P., 2018, Sinuous ridges are exhumed fluvial channel belts formed over millions of years: implications for inverted channels on Mars: EP13B-03, presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 Dec.

 

20. Cardenas, B.T., Goudge, T.A., Hughes, C.M., Mohrig, D., Mason, J., Swanson, T., and Levy, J.S., 2018, Testing the Preservation of River Channel Properties in Earth Analogs to Martian Fluvial Sinuous Ridges: 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 March, 2018, held at The Woodlands, Texas, LPI Contribution No. 2083, id.1541.

 

19. Cardenas, B.T., Kocurek, G., Mohrig, D., Hughes, C.M., Swanson, T., Brothers, S.C., and Goudge, T.A., 2018, Ancient Environmental Forcings Recorded in Aeolian Stratigraphy: An Earth Analog to Aeolian Strata on Mars: 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 March, 2018, held at The Woodlands, Texas, LPI Contribution No. 2083, id.2971.

 

2017

18. Cardenas, B.T., Kocurek, G., Mohrig, D., and Swanson, T., 2017, Coupling aeolian stratigraphic architecture to paleo-boundary conditions: the scour-fill dominated Jurassic Page Sandstone: EP33A-1918, presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

 

17. Hayden, A., Lamb, M.P., Mohrig, D., Williams, R.M.E., Myrow, P., Ewing, R.C., Cardenas, B.T., Findlay, C.P., Reconstructing paleo-discharge from geometries of fluvial sinuous ridges on Earth and Mars: EP33A-1917, presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

 

16. Cardenas, B.T., Kocurek, G., and Mohrig, D., The Jurassic Page Sandstone: coupling aeolian stratigraphic architecture to water table and sea level fluctuations: Fifth International Planetary Dunes Workshop, Proceedings of the conference held 16-19 May, 2017 in St. George, Utah. LPI Contribution No. 1961, 2017, id.3050.

 

15. Goudge, T.A., Mohrig, D., Cardenas, B.T., Hughes, C.M., and Fassett, C.I., 2017, Stratigraphy and evolution of delta channel deposits, Jezero crater, Mars: Lunar and Planetary Science XLVIII, #1195.

 

14. Cardenas, B.T., Mohrig, D., and Goudge, T.A., 2017, Fluvial stratigraphy at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars, records base level changes and backwater sedimentation controlled by a fluctuating downstream body of water: Lunar and Planetary Science XLVIII, #1938.

 

13. Cardenas, B.T., Goudge, T.A., Hughes, C.M., Mohrig, D., and Levy, J.S., 2017, Stratigraphic architecture of compound channel-filling deposits in the Cedar Mountain and Morrison Formations, Utah: stratigraphic analogs to martian sinuous ridges: Lunar and Planetary Science XLVIII, #1946.

 

12. Cardenas, B.T., Goudge, T.A., Hughes, C.M., Levy, J.S., and Mohrig, D., Justifying martian fluvial sinuous ridge measurements using Earth analog stratigraphy: Fourth International Conference on Early Mars: Geologic, Hydrologic, and Climatic Evolution and the Implications for Life, Proceedings of the conference held 2-6 October, 2017 in Flagstaff, Arizona. LPI Contribution No. 2014, 2017, id.3060

 

2016

11. Goudge, T.A., Mohrig, D., Cardenas, B., Hughes, C., Levy, J., and Fassett, C.I., 2016, Stratigraphy and paleohydrology of delta channel deposits, Jezero Crater, Mars: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 48, No. 7, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-279574.

 

10. Petersen, E., Holt, J., Levy, J.S., Stuurman, C., Nerozzi, S., Cardenas, B.T., Pharr, J., Aylward, D., Schmidt, L., Hoey, W., Prem, P., Rambo, J., Lim, Y., and Maharaj, K., A possible climate signal in the surface morphology and internal structure of Galena Creek Rock Glacier, Wyoming: EGU General Assembly 2016, held 17-22 April, 2016 in Vienna Austria, id. EPSC2016-10541.

 

9. Cardenas, B.T., Bryk, A.B., Goudge, T.A., Hughes, C.M., and Mohrig, D., Determining paleoflow direction of martian channel belts using preserved channel-bend asymmetry: case study at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 21-25, 2016 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1903, p.2367.

 

8. Goudge, T.A., Mohrig, D., Cardenas, B.T., Hughes, C.M., Levy, J.S., and Fassett, C.I., Sedimentology of the Jezero crater western fan deposit: 2. Secular changes in the style of channelization:            47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 21-25, 2016 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1903, p.1656.

 

7. Hughes, C.M., Cardenas, B.T., Goudge, T.A., and Mohrig, D., Deltaic deposits indicative of a paleo-coastline at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 21-25, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas, LPI Contribution No. 1903, p.2139.

 

2015

6. Cardenas, B.T., and Mohrig, D., Incised valley formation in response to sea or lake level changes at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held March 16-20, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1832, p.2797.

 

5. Ustipak, K., Buttles, J., Mohrig, D., Perillo, M., and Cardenas, B.T., Development of banding in the deposits of experimental transitional flows. AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Denver, CO, USA, May 31-June 3.

 

2014

4. Cardenas, B.T., and Mohrig, D., Evidence from fluvial deposits for changes in water surface levels of a sea or large lake at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: Eighth International Conference on Mars, held July 14-18, 2014 in Pasadena, California. LPI Contribution No. 1791, p.1307.

 

3. Cardenas, B.T., Lalich, D.E., Petersen, E., McKinnon, E.A., Andry, C.M., Nerozzia, S., Levy, J.S., Holt, J.W., Assessing the potential of debris-covered glaciers in the Uinta Mountains as martian analogs: 5th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held 17-21 March, 2014 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1777, p.2362.

 

2. Cardenas, B.T., and Mohrig, D., 2014, Evidence for shoreline-controlled changes in baselevel from fluvial deposits at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars: 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held 17-21 March, 2014 at The Woodlands, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1777, p.1632.

 

2011

1. Cardenas, B.T., and Xie, H., 2011, Observations of change in surface characteristics of the Louth crater using HiRISE and CTX images: P23A-1702, presented at 2011 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5-9 Dec.

 

INVITED TALKS

1. A Song of Air and Water, Invited Talk at Rice University Sedimentology Seminar, Houston, TX, Sep. 2017.

 

PRESS

4. Live television interview, ‘Water on Mars’, Fox 7 Austin KTBC, July 25, 2018.

 

3. Interview discussing analogs in planetary science, We Martians Podcast, Episode 39, www.wemartians.com.

 

2. “Mars research finds evidence of vast bodies of water” by Sabrina Tran in the Daily Texan, Oct. 2017.

 

1. “Study of Martian sedimentary layers reveals more about the planet’s past” by Matt Williams in Universe Today, Sep. 2017.

 

SELECTED COURSEWORK

Constraining and Interpreting 3-D Stratigraphy, Dynamics of Sedimentary Systems, Clastic Depositional Systems, Carbonate and Evaporite Depositional Systems, Siliciclastic Petrology, Stochastic Hydrology, Bedform Pattern Analysis, Planetary Geophysics, Calculus 1-3, Differential Equations 1-2, Linear Algebra

 

RESEARCH SKILLS

6. Interpreting ancient and modern fluvial & aeolian settings in the field and on Earth and Mars with remote sensing data

 

5. Data processing and analysis in Matlab, ArcGIS, USGS ISIS and NASA ASP, Petrel, Kingdom Seismic Suite, Photoshop and Illustrator

 

4. Experience as both a leader, collaborator, and TA of several group projects and field excursions

 

3. Teaching experience from 7 semesters as a Teaching Assistant

 

2. Graduate Student Mentor to two undergraduates performing original research

 

1. First Aid/CPR/AED certified until April 2020

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

3. University of Texas at Austin

May 2012-current

Teaching Assistant, 7 semesters                                                                                                                                      

Intro to Field/Strat Methods, Summer Field Camp, Constraining and Interpreting 3-D Stratigraphy, Energy Exploration (2 semesters), Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Sedimentary Rocks

 

2. University of Texas at Austin

May 2012-current

Graduate Research Assistant

 

1. University of Texas at San Antonio

2010-2012

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

SELECTED FIELD EXPERIENCE

11. Sedimentology of aeolian dune strata at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

2019

 

10. Point bar and oxbow lake stratigraphy on the Trinity River, Texas

2016-2019

 

9. Dissertation work: Fluvial stratigraphy of the Cedar Mtn. and Morrison Fms., Utah

2013-2018

 

8. Dissertation work: Aeolian stratigraphy of the Page Sandstone, Arizona

2015-2017

 

7. Shallow sediment coring along the Wax Lake Delta top and front, Louisiana

2017

 

6. Stratigraphy and morphology of inverted channel belts, Ebro Basin, Spain

2017

 

5. Architecture of the carbonate Todilto Fm. controlled by Entrada dune topography

2017

 

4. Geophysical field surveys of debris-covered glaciers, Absaroka Mts., Wyoming

2015 & 2016

 

3. Wave-driven erosion of the Texas Gulf Coast, Texas

2015-2016

 

2. Sediment transport and bedform interactions in the North Loup River, Nebraska

2015

 

1. Deep water stratigraphy of the Brushy Canyon Fm., Texas

2014

 

ACADEMIC SERVICE

3. Official Twitter microblogger for the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

March 2019

 

2. Organizer of the UT-Austin Soft Rock Seminar

2016–2017

 

1. Graduate Student Representative for the Planetary Science Research Theme at the JSG

2015-2017

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP

4. Geological Society of America

2012-current

 

3. American Geophysical Union

2012-current

 

2. Society for Sedimentary Geology

2016-current

 

1. American Association of Petroleum Geologists

2018-current