Dr 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

Publications

  • Oze, C., Cox, T.L. and Horton, T.W. (2013) Ancient high temperature microbial activity in the Berlins Porphyry, New Zealand. Denver, CO, USA: Geological Society of America Annual Conference, 27-30 Oct 2013. In Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 45(7) (Conference Contributions - Oral presentations)
  • Hanson, M.C., Oze, C. and Horton, T.W. (2013) Identifying geothermal activity in low CO2 flux geothermal systems. Denver, CO, USA: Geological Societry of America Annual Conference, 27-30 Oct 2013. 45 7. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentations)
  • Craw, D., Upton, P., Horton, T. and Williams, J. (2013) Migration of hydrothermal systems in an evolving collisional orogeny, New Zealand. Mineralium Deposita 48(2): 233-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00126-012-0421-8. (Journal Articles)
  • Kornfeld, A., Atkin, O.K., Griffin, K.L., Horton, T.W., Yakir, D. and Turnbull, M.H. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Kornfeld, A., Heskel, M., Atkin, O.K., Gough, L., Griffin, K.L., Horton, T.W. and Turnbull, M.H. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Kornfeld, A., Horton, T.W., Yakir, D., Searle, S.Y., Griffin, K.L., Atkin, O.K., Subke, J-A. and Turnbull, M.H. (2012) A field-compatible method for measuring alternative respiratory pathway activities in vivo using stable O2 isotopes. Plant, Cell & Environment 35(8): 1518-1532. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3040.2012.02507.x. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W. 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(1): Q0AK05. http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2012GC004132. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. Montreal, Canada: Goldschmidt 2012, 24-29 Jun 2012. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentations)
  • Kornfeld, A., Horton, T.W., Yakir, D. and Turnbull, M.H. (2012) Correcting for nonlinearity effects of continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry across a wide dynamic range. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectroscopy 26(4): 460-468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rcm.6120. (Journal Articles)
  • Nobes, D.C., Johnston, A.G., Holdaway, R.N. and Horton, T.W. (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. Shanghai, China: 14th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR2012), 4-8 Jun 2012. 591-594. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICGPR.2012.6254932. (Conference Contributions - Papers in published proceedings)
  • Deering, C.D., Horton, T.W., Gravley, D.M. and Cole, J.W. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Cox, S., Rutter, H.K., Manga, M., Weir, J.J., Ezzy, T., White, P.A., Horton, T.W. and Scott, D. (2012) Hydrological effects of the Mw7.1 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. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W., Atkinson, L. and Oze, C. (2012) Hydrothermal carbonate geochemistry of the Ngatamariki subsurface reservoir, New Zealand. Stanford, CA, USA: 37th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, 30 Jan-1 Feb 2012. In Proceedings 8pp. http://www.geothermal-energy.org/pdf/IGAstandard/SGW/2012/Horton.pdf. (Conference Contributions - Papers in published proceedings)
  • 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. Montreal, Canada: Goldschmidt 2012, 24-29 Jun 2012. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentations)
  • 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. PROCEEDINGS, Thirty-Sixth Workshop on Geothermal Rervoir Engineering, Stanford University SGP-TR-194 http://www.geothermal-energy.org/pdf/IGAstandard/SGW/2012/Bloomberg.pdf. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. Hamilton, New Zealand: New Zealand GeoSciences Annual Conference (GSNZ), 25-28 Nov 2012. In Geoscience Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 134A 40. (Conference Contributions - Poster presentations)
  • Chamberlain, C.P., Mix, H.T., Mulch, A., Hren, M.T., Kent-Corson, M.L., Davis, S.J., Horton, T.W. and Graham, S.A. (2012) The Cenozoic Climatic and topographic evolution of the Western North American Cordillera. American Journal of Science 312(1): 213-262. http://dx.doi.org/10.2475/02.2012.05. (Journal Articles)
  • Quigley, M.C., 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. (Journal Articles)
  • Gray, D., Harding, J., Elberling, B., Horton, T., Clough, T.J. and Winterbourn, M. (2011) Carbon Cycling in Floodplain Ecosystems: Out-Gassing and Photosynthesis Transmit Soil δ13C Gradient Through Stream Food Webs. Ecosystems 14(4): 583-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-011-9430-1. (Journal Articles)
  • Searle, S.Y., Thomas, S., Griffin, K.L., Horton, T., Kornfeld, A., Yakir, D., Hurry, V. and Turnbull, M.H. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W., Holdaway, R.N., Zerbini, A.N., Hauser, N., Garrigue, C., Andriolo, A. and Clapham, P.J. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Logan, A.J. and Horton, T.W. (2010) A new method of obtaining high-resolution paleoclimate records from speleothem fluid inclusions. San Francisco, CA, USA: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 13-17 Dec 2010. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Gray, D.P. and Horton, T.W. (2010) Carbon cycling in floodplain ecosystems: excess pCO2, extreme d13C, qnd snail shell proxies. San Francisco, CA, USA: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52) H54B-04. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Horton, T.W., Holdaway, R.N., Zerbini, A., Andriolo, A. and Clapham, P.J. (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. San Francisco, CA, USA: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52) B33F-0447. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Oze, C. and Horton, T.W. (2010) Geochemistry and minerality of wine. San Francisco, CA, USA: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52) V31C-2337. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Quigley, M., Horton, T., Hellstrom, J., Cupper, M. and Sandiford, M. (2010) Holocene climate variability in arid Australia from speleothem and alluvial records. The Holocene 20(7): 1093-1104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959683610369508. (Journal Articles)
  • Blackstock, J.M., Horton, T.W. and Zawar-Reza, P. (2010) Understanding surface-groundwater interactions through combined physical and chemical data analysis: tracing shallow groundwater recharge in Christchurch, New Zealand. San Francisco, CA, USA: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Dec 2010. In Eos, Transactions 91(52) A51E-0177. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Craw, D., Upton, P., Yu, B., Horton, T.W. and Chen, Y. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W. (2009) A new aquatic gastropod stable isotopic continental paleoclimate proxy for New Zealand systems. San Francisco, CA, USA: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 14-18 Dec 2009. In Eos 90(52) (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Quigley, M. and Horton, T.W. (2009) Holocene climate variability in arid Australia from speleothem and alluvial records. Wellington, New Zealand: Past Climates Meeting, Symposium and Australasian-INTIMATE Workshop, 15-17 May 2009. In GNS Science Miscellaneous Series(23) (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Searle, S.Y., Thomas, S., Turnbull, M., Griffin, K.L., Kornfeld, A., Atkin, O., Yakir, D., Horton, T. and Hurry, V. (2009) Mechanisms regulating thermal acclimation of respiration in snow tussock on short timescales. Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.: Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Aug 2009. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Horton, T.W. (2009) New and novel stable isotopic proxies for New Zealand systems. Napier, New Zealand: New Zealand Geochemical and Mineralogical Society (NZGeMS) Biennial Conference, 8-10 Nov 2009. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • 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. Portland, OR, USA: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting 2009, 18-21 Oct 2009. In GSA Abstracts with Programs 41(7) 227. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Davis, S.J., Mulch, A., Carroll, A.R., Horton, T.W. and Page Chamberlain, C. (2009) Paleogene landscape evolution of the central North American Cordillera: Developing topography and hydrology in the Laramide foreland. Geological Society of America Bulletin 121(1-2): 100-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B26308.1. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T., Blum, J.D., Zhouqing, X., Hren, M. and Chamberlain, C.P. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W. (2009) Stable isotopic research directions at the University of Canterbury. Wellington: The 2nd Stable Isotope Users Group Workshop, Nov 2009. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Travis W. Horton. (2008) Biomineral stable isotopic palaeoenvironmental proxies, New Zealand. Cairns Conference Centre, Cairns, Australia: American Geophysical Union - Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, 29 July - 1 August, 2008. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Travis W. Horton. (2008) Biomineral Stable Isotopic paleoclimate proxies: modern calibrations for New Zealand. Te Papa, Wellington: New Zealand Geological Society Annual Meeting, November, 2008. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Travis W. Horton, Joel D. Blum., Zhouqing Xie, Michael Hren. and C. Page Chamberlain. (2007) Mercury Biomagnification in Polar Bears. San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Dec 2007. In Eos, Transactions 88(52) B51C-0600. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Kelsey, K.C. and Horton, T. (2007) Source and fate of metals in two catchments of the Upper Columbia River basin, Stevens County, WA. Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, May 2007. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Hart, A.S., Warren, S.S. and Horton, T.W. (2007) Stable isotope interpretations of Tertiary paleotopography in the eastern Great Basin. Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, May 2007. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Eiriksson, D.P. and Horton, T.W. (2006) Origin of laminated lacustrine carbonates: implications for paleoclimate reconstruction. Anchorage, AK, U.S.A.: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, May 2006. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs 38(5) 9. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Horton, T.W. (2006) Paleogene uplift of the Elko and Claron Basins. San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Dec 2006. In Eos Transactions 87(52) T33C-0530. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Phelps, D.E., Johnson, B.W. and Horton, T.W. (2006) Stable isotope paleotopography of the Colorado Plateau/Basin and Range transition zone. Gunnison, CO, U.S.A.: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, May 2006. In Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs 38(6) 34. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Johnson, B.W., Gillette, D.D. and Horton, T.W. (2006) Stable isotope stratigraphy of a therizinosaur-bearing section of the Tropic Shale near Big Water, Utah. Anchorage, AK, U.S.A.: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, May 2006. In Geological Society of America, Abstract with Programs 38(5) 9. (Conference Contributions - Abstracts)
  • Sjostrom, D.J., Hren, M.T., Horton, T.W., Waldbauer, J.R. and Chamberlain, C.P. (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). (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W. and Chamberlain, C.P. (2006) Stable isotopic evidence for Neogene surface downdrop in the central Basin and Range Province. Geological Society of America Bulletin 118(3-4): 475-490. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B25808. (Journal Articles)
  • Graham, S.A., Chamberlain, C.P., Yue, Y., Ritts, B.D., Hanson, A.D., Horton, T.W., Waldbauer, J.R., Poage, M.A. 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. (Journal Articles)
  • Campbell, J.R., Craw, D., Frew, R., Horton, T. and Chamberlain, C.P. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W., Sjostrom, D.J., Abruzzese, M.J., Poage, M.A., Waldbauer, J.R., Hren, M., Wooden, J. and Chamberlain, C.P. (2004) Spatial and temporal variation of Cenozoic surface elevation in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada. American Journal of Science 304(10): 862-888. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W., Blum, J.D., Craw, D., Koons, P.O. and Chamberlain, C.P. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Craw, D., Koons, P.O., Horton, T. and Chamberlain, C.P. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W., Becker, J.A., Craw, D., Koons, P.O. and Chamberlain, C.P. (2001) Hydrothermal arsenic enrichment in an active mountain belt: Southern Alps, New Zealand. Chemical Geology 177(3-4): 323-339. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0009-2541(00)00416-2. (Journal Articles)
  • Becker, J.A., Craw, D., Horton, T. and Chamberlain, C.P. (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. (Journal Articles)
  • Horton, T.W., Chamberlain, C.P., Fantle, M. and Blum, J.D. (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. (Journal Articles)