UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Travis Whittier Horton

Geological Sciences

Fields of Research

  • Animal migration
  • Earth system science
  • Hydrothermal fluid flow
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Uplift of mountain belts
  • Earthquake research

Researcher Summary

Stable isotope geochemistry and biogeochemistry, interactions among the different spheres of the earth system, and relationships among tectonic, topographic, and climatic processes and conditions.  Source and transport of fluids in active orogens and volcanic centers.  Geochemical and biogeochemical proxies for climate change in the southern hemisphere on a variety of spatial and temporal scales.  Geochemical tracing and quality assessment of water resources.  Biogeochemical evaluation of foodweb structure including nutrient and trace element transport paths in exotic ecosystems.  Paleotopographic investigation of mountain belts and plateaus.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Equipment

Prizes and Awards

  • Erskine Fellow - Assoc. Prof. Andrew Jacobson (Northwestern University) ( 2011 - 2012)

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Journal articles
  • Andrews, MG., Jacobson, AD., Lehn, GO., Horton, TW. and Craw, D. (2016) Radiogenic and stable Sr isotope ratios (<sup>87</sup>Sr/<sup>86</sup>Sr, δ<sup>88/86</sup>Sr) as tracers of riverine cation sources and biogeochemical cycling in the Milford Sound region of Fiordland, New Zealand. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 173: 284-303. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2015.10.005.
  • Cox, TL., Oze, C. and Horton, TW. (2016) Iron concretions within a highly altered unit of the Berlins Porphyry, New Zealand: an abiotic or biotic story? Mineralogy and Petrology : 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00710-016-0469-8.
  • Horton, TW., Defliese, WF., Tripati, AK. and Oze, C. (2016) Evaporation induced <sup>18</sup>O and <sup>13</sup>C enrichment in lake systems: A global perspective on hydrologic balance effects. Quaternary Science Reviews 131: 365-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.06.030.
  • Lorrey, AM., Brookman, TH., Evans, MN., Fauchereau, NC., Macinnis-Ng, C., Barbour, MM., Criscitiello, A., Eischeid, G., Fowler, AM., Horton, TW. and Schrag, DP. (2016) Stable oxygen isotope signatures of early season wood in New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis) tree rings: Prospects for palaeoclimate reconstruction. Dendrochronologia 40: 50-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2016.03.012.
  • Quigley, MC., Hughes, MW., Bradley, BA., van Ballegooy, S., Reid, C., Morgenroth, J., Horton, T., Duffy, B. and Pettinga, JR. (2016) The 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence: Environmental effects, seismic triggering thresholds and geologic legacy. Tectonophysics 672-673: 228-274. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2016.01.044.
  • Wells, NS., Baisden, WT., Horton, T. and Clough, TJ. (2016) Spatial and temporal variations in nitrogen export from a New Zealand pastoral catchment revealed by stream water nitrate isotopic composition. Water Resources Research 52(4): 2840-2854. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015WR017642.
  • Greer, AL., Horton, TW. and Nelson, XJ. (2015) Simple ways to calculate stable isotope discrimination factors and convert between tissue types. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6(11): 1341-1348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12421.
  • Bloomberg, S., Werner, C., Rissmann, C., Mazot, A., Horton, T., Gravley, D., Kennedy, B. and Oze, C. (2014) Soil CO<inf>2</inf> emissions as a proxy for heat and mass flow assessment, Taupo¯ Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15(12): 4885-4904. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2014GC005327.
  • Brookman, TH., Steward, GA., Palmer, JG., Fenwick, P., Banks, AH. and Horton, TW. (2014) Raised in the wild south: A dendrochronological and dendrochemical profile of a far-southern stand of kauri (Agathis australis) on the Taieri Plain, Otago. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 44(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40490-014-0014-7.
  • Craw, D., Upton, P., Horton, T. and Williams, J. (2013) Migration of hydrothermal systems in an evolving collisional orogen, New Zealand. Mineralium Deposita 48(2): 233-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00126-012-0421-8.
  • Kornfeld, A., Atkin, OK., Griffin, KL., Horton, TW., Yakir, D. and Turnbull, MH. (2013) Modulation of respiratory metabolism in response to nutrient changes along a soil chronosequence. Plant, Cell and Environment 36(6): 1120-1134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pce.12047.
  • Kornfeld, A., Heskel, M., Atkin, OK., Gough, L., Griffin, KL., Horton, TW. and Turnbull, MH. (2013) Respiratory flexibility and efficiency are affected by simulated global change in Arctic plants. New Phytologist 197(4): 1161-1172. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.12083.
  • Cox, SC., Rutter, HK., Sims, A., Manga, M., Weir, JJ., Ezzy, T., White, PA., Horton, TW. and Scott, D. (2012) Hydrological effects of the M <inf>w</inf> 7.1 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquake, 4 September 2010, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 55(3): 231-247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2012.680474.
  • Deering, CD., Horton, TW., Gravley, DM. and Cole, JW. (2012) Hornblende, cummingtonite, and biotite hydrogen isotopes: Direct evidence of slab-derived fluid flux in silicic magmas of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 233-234: 27-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2012.04.010.
  • Horton, TW. and Oze, C. (2012) Are two elements better than one? Dual isotope-ratio detrending of evaporative effects on lake carbonate paleoelevation proxies. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 13(6) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2012GC004132.
  • Kornfeld, A., Horton, TW., Yakir, D. and Turnbull, MH. (2012) Correcting for nonlinearity effects of continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry across a wide dynamic range. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 26(4): 460-468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rcm.6120.
  • Kornfeld, A., Horton, TW., Yakir, D., Searle, SY., Griffin, KL., Atkin, OK., Subke, JA. and Turnbull, MH. (2012) A field-compatible method for measuring alternative respiratory pathway activities in vivo using stable O 2 isotopes. Plant, Cell and Environment 35(8): 1518-1532. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3040.2012.02507.x.
  • Page Chamberlain, C., Mix, HT., Mulch, A., Hren, MT., Kent-Corson, ML., Davis, SJ., Horton, TW. and Graham, SA. (2012) The cenozoic climatic and topographic evolution of the western north American Cordillera. American Journal of Science 312(2): 213-262. http://dx.doi.org/10.2475/02.2012.05.
  • Quigley, MC., Duffy, B., Woodhead, J., Hellstrom, J., Moody, L., Horton, T., Soares, J. and Fernandes, L. (2012) U/Pb dating of a terminal Pliocene coral from the Indonesian Seaway. Marine Geology 311-314: 57-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2012.01.004.
  • Gray, DP., Harding, JS., Elberling, B., Horton, T., Clough, TJ. and Winterbourn, MJ. (2011) Carbon Cycling in Floodplain Ecosystems: Out-Gassing and Photosynthesis Transmit Soil δ<sup>13</sup>C Gradient Through Stream Food Webs. Ecosystems 14(4): 583-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-011-9430-1.
  • Horton, TW., Holdaway, RN., Zerbini, AN., Hauser, N., Garrigue, C., Andriolo, A. and Clapham, PJ. (2011) Straight as an arrow: Humpback whales swim constant course tracks during long-distance migration. Biology Letters 7(5): 674-679. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2011.0279.
  • Searle, SY., Thomas, S., Griffin, KL., Horton, T., Kornfeld, A., Yakir, D., Hurry, V. and Turnbull, MH. (2011) Leaf respiration and alternative oxidase in field-grown alpine grasses respond to natural changes in temperature and light. New Phytologist 189(4): 1027-1039. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03557.x.
  • Craw, D., Upton, P., Yu, BS., Horton, T. and Chen, YG. (2010) Young orogenic gold mineralisation in active collisional mountains, Taiwan. Mineralium Deposita 45(7): 631-646. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00126-010-0297-4.
  • Quigley, Mark C., Horton, Travis., Hellstrom, John C., Cupper, Matthew L. and Sandiford, Mike. (2010) Holocene climate change in arid Australia from speleothem and alluvial records. The Holocene 20(7): 1093-1104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959683610369508.
  • Davis, SJ., Mulch, A., Carroll, AR., Horton, TW. and Chamberlain, CP. (2009) Paleogene landscape evolution of the central north American Cordillera: Developing topography and hydrology in the Laramide foreland. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America 121(1-2): 100-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B26308.1.
  • Horton, TW., Blum, JD., Xie, Z., Hren, M. and Chamberlain, CP. (2009) Stable isotope food-web analysis and mercury biomagnification in polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Polar Research 28(3): 443-454. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-8369.2009.00114.x.
  • Horton, TW. and Chamberlain, CP. (2006) Stable isotopic evidence for Neogene surface downdrop in the central Basin and Range Province. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America 118(3-4): 475-490. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B25808.
  • Sjostrom, DJ., Hren, MT., Horton, TW., Waldbauer, JR. and Chamberlain, CP. (2006) Stable isotopic evidence for a pre-late Miocene elevation gradient in the Great Plains - Rocky Mountain region, USA. Special Paper of the Geological Society of America 398: 309-319. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/2006.2398(19).
  • Sjostrom, DJ., Hren, MT., Horton, TW., Waldbauer, JR. and Chamberlain, CP. (2006) Stable isotopic evidence for a pre-late Miocene elevation gradient in the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain region, USA. GSA Special Papers 398: 309-319. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/2006.2398(19.
  • Graham, SA., Chamberlain, CP., Yue, Y., Ritts, BD., Hanson, AD., Horton, TW., Waldbauer, JR., Poage, MA. and Feng, X. (2005) Stable isotope records of cenozoic climate and topography, Tibetan plateau and Tarim basin. American Journal of Science 305(2): 101-118.
  • Campbell, JR., Craw, D., Frew, R., Horton, T. and Chamberlain, CP. (2004) Geochemical signature of orogenic hydrothermal activity in an active tectonic intersection zone, Alpine Fault, New Zealand. Mineralium Deposita 39(4): 437-451. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00126-004-0421-4.
  • Horton, TW., Sjostrom, DJ., Abruzzese, MJ., Poage, MA., Waldbauer, JR., Hren, M., Wooden, J. and Chamberlain, CP. (2004) Spatial and temporal variation of Cenozoic surface elevation in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada. American Journal of Science 304(10): 862-888.
  • Horton, TW., Blum, JD., Craw, D., Koons, PO. and Chamberlain, CP. (2003) Oxygen, carbon, and strontium isotopic constraints on timing and sources of crustal fluids in an active orogen: South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 46(3): 457-471.
  • Craw, D., Koons, PO., Horton, T. and Chamberlain, CP. (2002) Tectonically driven fluid flow and gold mineralisation in active collisional orogenic belts: Comparison between New Zealand and western Himalaya. Tectonophysics 348(1-3): 135-153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0040-1951(01)00253-0.
  • Horton, TW., Becker, JA., Craw, D., Koons, PO. and Chamberlain, CP. (2001) Hydrothermal arsenic enrichment in an active mountain belt: Southern Alps, New Zewland. Chemical Geology 177(3-4): 323-339. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0009-2541(00)00416-2.
  • Becker, JA., Craw, D., Horton, T. and Chamberlain, CP. (2000) Gold mineralisation near the Main Divide, upper Wilberforce valley, Southern Alps, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 43(2): 199-215.
  • Becker, JA., Craw, D., Horton, T. and Chamberlain, CP. (2000) Gold mineralisation near the Main Divide, upper Wilberforce valley, Southern Alps, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. 43: 199-215. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 43(2): 199-215.
  • Horton, TW., Chamberlain, CP., Fantle, M. and Blum, JD. (1999) Chemical weathering and lithologic controls of water chemistry in a high-elevation river system: Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone river, Wyoming and Montana. Water Resources Research 35(5): 1643-1655. http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/1998WR900103.
Conference - Published
  • Bloomberg, S., Rissmann, C., Mazot, A., Oze, C., Horton, T., Gravley, D., Kennedy, B., Werner, C., Christenson, B. and Pawson, J. (2012) Soil gas flux exploration at the Rotokawa Geothermal Field and White Island, New Zealand. Thirty-Sixth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, 31 Jan 2011 - 2 Feb 2011. In Proceedings SGP-TR-194
  • Horton, TW., Atkinson, L. and Oze, C. (2012) Hydrothermal carbonate geochemistry of the Ngatamariki subsurface reservoir, New Zealand. 37th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, 30 Jan 2012 - 1 Feb 2012. In Proceedings
  • Nobes, DC., Johnston, AG., Holdaway, RN. and Horton, TW. (2012) Ground penetrating radar imaging of the late Quaternary Pyramid Valley lake deposit, North Canterbury, New Zealand: Correlation with paleoclimatic records and the stratigraphic sequence. In 2012 14th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2012: 591-594.
Conference - Other
  • Eisert, R., Pinkerton, M., Lyver, P., Horton, T., Visser, I., Currey, R. and Sharp, B. (2015) The importance of top predators as sentinels of the Ross Sea ecosystem. Christchurch, New Zealand: Annual Antarctic Conference, 29 Jun 2015 - 2 Jul 2015.
  • Hanson, MC., Oze, C. and Horton, TW. (2013) Identifying geothermal activity in low CO2 flux geothermal systems. Geological Societry of America Annual Conference, 27 Oct 2013 - 30 Oct 2013. 45
  • Oze, C., Cox, TL. and Horton, TW. (2013) Ancient high temperature microbial activity in the Berlins Porphyry, New Zealand. Geological Society of America Annual Conference, 27 Oct 2013 - 30 Oct 2013. In Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 45(7).
  • Gravley, D., Cole, J., Deering, C., Hampton, S., Horton, T., Kennedy, B., Oze, C., Powell, T. and Villeneuve, M. (2012) Source to surface geothermal research programme: University of Canterbury and Mighty River Power Ltd. New Zealand GeoSciences Annual Conference (GSNZ), 25 Nov 2012 - 28 Nov 2012. In Geoscience Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 134A
  • Kennedy, B., Bloomberg, S., Rissmann, C., Horton, T., Mazot, A., Gravley, D. and Oze, C. (2012) Soil gas exploration at Rotokawa geothermal field, New Zealand. Goldschmidt 2012, 24 Jun 2012 - 29 Jun 2012.
  • Mazot, A., Bloomberg, S., Horton, T., Rissman, C., Oze, C., Gravley, D. and Kennedy, B. (2012) Carbon dioxide degassing and estimation of thermal energy release from White Island volcano, New Zealand. Goldschmidt 2012, 24 Jun 2012 - 29 Jun 2012.
  • Blackstock, JM., Horton, TW. and Zawar-Reza, P. (2010) Understanding surface-groundwater interactions through combined physical and chemical data analysis: tracing shallow groundwater recharge in Christchurch, New Zealand. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 1 Dec 2010 - 1 Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52).
  • Gray, DP. and Horton, TW. (2010) Carbon cycling in floodplain ecosystems: excess pCO2, extreme d13C, qnd snail shell proxies. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 1 Dec 2010 - 1 Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52).
  • Horton, TW., Holdaway, RN., Zerbini, A., Andriolo, A. and Clapham, PJ. (2010) Coupled solar-magnetic orientation during leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea), and humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) long-distance migration. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 1 Dec 2010 - 1 Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52).
  • Logan, AJ. and Horton, TW. (2010) A new method of obtaining high-resolution paleoclimate records from speleothem fluid inclusions. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 13 Dec 2010 - 17 Dec 2010.
  • Oze, C. and Horton, TW. (2010) Geochemistry and minerality of wine. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 1 Dec 2010 - 1 Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52).
  • Quigley, MC., Horton, T., Hellstrom, JC., Cupper, ML. and Sandiford, M. (2010) Holocene climate change in arid australia from speleothem and alluvial records. In Holocene 20(7): 1093-1104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959683610369508.
  • Horton, TW. (2009) A new aquatic gastropod stable isotopic continental paleoclimate proxy for New Zealand systems. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 14 Dec 2009 - 18 Dec 2009. In Eos 90(52).
  • Horton, TW. (2009) New and novel stable isotopic proxies for New Zealand systems. New Zealand Geochemical and Mineralogical Society (NZGeMS) Biennial Conference, 8 Nov 2009 - 10 Nov 2009.
  • Horton, TW. (2009) Stable isotopic research directions at the University of Canterbury. The 2nd Stable Isotope Users Group Workshop, 1 Nov 2009 - 1 Nov 2009.
  • Quigley, M., Horton, T., Hellstrom, J. and Cupper, M. (2009) Of Drought and Flooding Rains: Holocene Precipitation Variability an Arid Australia from Speleothem and Alluvial Records. Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting 2009, 18 Oct 2009 - 21 Oct 2009. In GSA Abstracts with Programs 41(7).
  • Searle, SY., Thomas, S., Turnbull, M., Griffin, KL., Kornfeld, A., Atkin, O., Yakir, D., Horton, T. and Hurry, V. (2009) Mechanisms regulating thermal acclimation of respiration in snow tussock on short timescales. Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, 1 Aug 2009 - 1 Aug 2009.
  • Horton, TW. (2008) Biomineral stable isotopic palaeoenvironmental proxies, New Zealand. American Geophysical Union - Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, 29 Jul 2008 - 1 Aug 2008.
  • Horton, TW. (2008) Biomineral Stable Isotopic paleoclimate proxies: modern calibrations for New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Society Annual Meeting, 1 Nov 2008 - 1 Nov 2008.
  • Hart, AS., Warren, SS. and Horton, TW. (2007) Stable isotope interpretations of Tertiary paleotopography in the eastern Great Basin. Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, 1 May 2007 - 1 May 2007. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs
  • Horton, TW., Blum, JD., Xie, Z., Hren, M. and Page Chamberlain, C. (2007) Mercury Biomagnification in Polar Bears. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 1 Dec 2007 - 1 Dec 2007. In Eos, Transactions 88(52).
  • Kelsey, KC. and Horton, T. (2007) Source and fate of metals in two catchments of the Upper Columbia River basin, Stevens County, WA. Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, 1 May 2007 - 1 May 2007. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs
  • Eiriksson, DP. and Horton, TW. (2006) Origin of laminated lacustrine carbonates: implications for paleoclimate reconstruction. Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, 1 May 2006 - 1 May 2006. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs 38(5).
  • Horton, TW. (2006) Paleogene uplift of the Elko and Claron Basins. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 1 Dec 2006 - 1 Dec 2006. In Eos Transactions 87(52).
  • Johnson, BW., Gillette, DD. and Horton, TW. (2006) Stable isotope stratigraphy of a therizinosaur-bearing section of the Tropic Shale near Big Water, Utah. Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, 1 May 2006 - 1 May 2006. In Geological Society of America, Abstract with Programs 38(5).
  • Phelps, DE., Johnson, BW. and Horton, TW. (2006) Stable isotope paleotopography of the Colorado Plateau/Basin and Range transition zone. Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, 1 May 2006 - 1 May 2006. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs 38(6).