Luis A. González, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Chair, Geology
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 120/116
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Multidisciplinary Research Building


Teaching Interests

  • Paleoclimate
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Carbonate Petrography


A significant portion of my current research emphasizes the utilization of the isotopic composition, mineralogy, growth history and growth patterns of speleothems (cave formations such as stalagmites, stalactites, and flowstone) to extract paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental signals. Research has been conducted in the North American Midwest (Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), Asia (Vietnam and Nepal), and the Caribbean (Jamaica, Puerto Rico). Current research efforts focus on northern South America.

Research Interests

  • Paleoclimate
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Carbonate Petrography
  • Speleothems
  • Stable isotope chemistry and its application to continental paleoclimatology
  • Carbonate geochemistry with emphasis on isotopic and trace elemental chemistry
  • Carbonate geology with emphasis on karst development and carbonate deposition in marine and karst systems
  • Carbonate diagenetic processes
  • Quaternary Paleoclimates
  • Cretaceous Paleoclimate and Paleohydrology
  • Experimental Carbonate Growth
  • Hydrocarbon Bearing Concretions in South Central Puerto Rico
  • Sedimentology and Diagenesis of Isla de Mona, Puerto Rico

Selected Publications

Kenward, P. A., Goldstein, R. H., Brookfield, A. E., González, L. A., & Roberts, J. A. (2012). Model for how microbial methane generation can preserve early porosity in dolomite and limestone reservoirs. AAPG Bulletin, 96, 399-413. DOI:10.1306/06021111020

Suarez, M. B., González, L. A., & Ludvigson, G. A. (2010). Estimating the oxygen isotopic composition of equatorial precipitation during the mid-Cretaceous. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 80, 480-491. DOI:10.2110/jsr.2010.048

Selected Presentations

Montalvo, L. G., González, L. A. & Watney, W. L. (12/31/2013). Diagenesis and distribution of diagenetic facies in the Mississippian of South Central Kansas. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.

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