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Dr. Franco Marcantonio
Franco Marcantonio
(979) 845-9240
(979) 845-6162
Halbouty Rm 257
Department of Geology and Geophysics,
MS 3115,
College Station, Texas 77843

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1994

M.S., Geology, McMaster University

B.S., Chemistry and Geology, Carleton University, 1986

Franco Marcantonio

Robert R. Berg Professor of Geology
Assistant Department Head

Research Interests

Application and development of isotope and trace element geochemical proxies in an effort to further understand past and present-day processes at the Earth's surface. Some current research areas:

  • Variations in past rates of oceanic biological productivity and eolian fluxes and the relationship to past climate change
  • Changing patterns of deep-ocean sediment focusing and the relationship to changes in past ocean circulation and climate
  • Present-day and past riverine and eolian elemental fluxes to the oceans

Selected Publications

( * student author)

  • Marcantonio, F., Lyle, M., and Ibrahim, R.* (2014) Particle sorting during sediment redistribution processes and the effect on 230Th-normalized mass accumulation rates, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2014GL060477.
  • Lyle, M., Marcantonio, F., Moore, W. S., Murray, R. W., Huh, C.-A., Finney, B. P., Murray, D. W., and Mix, A. C. (2014) Sediment size fractionation and focusing in the Equatorial Pacific: effect on 230Th normalization and paleoflux measurements, Paleoceanography, DOI: 10.1002/2014PA002616.
  • Xie, R. C.*, Marcantonio F., and Schmidt, M .W. (2014) Reconstruction of intermediate water circulation in the tropical North Atlantic during the last deglaciation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2014.05.041.
  • Singh, A.K*, Marcantonio, F., Lyle, M, (2013) Dissolved 230Th-232Th Dynamics in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 362, 294-304.
  • Xie, R.*, Marcantonio, F., Schmidt, M. (2012) Response of Antarctic Intermediate Water to weaker Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation during the last deglaciation, Paleoceanography, 27, PA3221, 1-12.
  • Louchouarn, P., Kuo, L-J., Brandenberger, J., Marcantonio, F., Garland, C. and Gill G. (2012) Pyrogenic inputs of anthropogenic Pb and Hg to sediments of the Hood Canal, Washington, in the 20th century: Evidence from stable Pb isotopes and PAH signatures, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 5772-5781.
  • Schmidt, M, Weinlein, W., Marcantonio, F., and Lynch-Stieglitz, J. (2012) Solar forcing of the global tropical hydrologic cycle during the early Holocene, Paleoceanography, 27, PA3204, 1-12.
  • Xie, R.C.* and Marcantonio F. (2012) Deglacial Dust Provenance Changes in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific and Implications for ITCZ Movement, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 317-318, 386-395.
  • Woodard, S. C., Thomas, D. J., and Marcantonio, F. (2012) Thorium-derived dust fluxes to the equatorial Pacific Ocean, 58 Ma, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 87, 194-209.
  • Singh, A.*, Marcantonio, F., Lyle, M. (2011) Sediment focusing in the Panama Basin, Eastern Equatorial Pacific Ocean, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 309, 33-44, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.06.020.
  • Miller, C. A., Peucker-Ehrenbrink, B., Walker, B. D., and Marcantonio, F. (2011) Re-assessing the surface cycling of molybdenum and rhenium, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 7146-7179.
  • McGee, D.*, Marcantonio, F., McManus, J., Winckler, G. (2010) The response of excess 230Th and extraterrestrial 3He to sediment redistribution at the Blake Ridge, western North Atlantic, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 299, 138-149, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.08.029.
  • Marcantonio, F., Thomas, D., Woodard, S.*, McGee, D.*, and Winckler, G. (2009) Extraterrestrial 3He in Paleocene sediments from Shatsky Rise: Constraints on sedimentation rate variability, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 287, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.07.029.
  • Grzymko, T.*, Marcantonio, F., McKee, B. A., and Stewart, C. M. (2007) Temporal variability of uranium concentrations and 234U/238U activity ratios in the Mississippi River and its tributaries, Chemical Geology, 243, 344-356, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.05.024.
  • Pourmand, A.*, Marcantonio, F., Bianchi, T. S., Canuel, E., Waterson, E. A 28-ka history of sea surface temperature, primary productivity and planktonic community variability in the western Arabian Sea,Paleoceanography, 22, PA4208, doi:10.1029/2007PA001502.
  • McGee, D.*, Marcantonio, F., and Lynch-Stieglitz, J. (2007) Deglacial changes in dust flux in the eastern equatorial Pacific, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.02.033.
  • Xu, Y.* and Marcantonio, F. (2007) Strontium isotope variations in the lower Mississippi River and its estuarine mixing zone, Marine Chemistry, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2007.01.004.
  • Francois, R., Frank, M., Rutgers van der Loeff, M., Bacon, M. P., Geibert, W., Kienast, S., Anderson, R. F., Bradtmiller, L., Chase, Z., Henderson, G., Marcantonio, F., and Allen, S. E. (2007) A reply to "Do geochemical estimates of sediment focusing pass the sediment test in the equatorial Pacific?" Paleoceanography, 22, PA1216, doi:10.1029/2005PA001235.
  • Pourmand, A.*, Marcantonio, F., Bianchi, T., Canuel, E., Waterson, E. and Shulz, H. (2005) Radionuclide and biomarker proxies of past ocean circulation and productivity in the Arabian Sea, Geophysical Research Letters,32, doi: 10.029/2005GL022612.
  • Pourmand, A.*, Marcantonio, F. and Schulz, H. (2004) Variations in productivity and eolian fluxes in the northeastern Arabian Sea over the past 110 ka, Earth and Planetary Science Letters221, 39-54.
  • Xu, Y.* and Marcantonio F. (2004) Speciation of strontium in particulates and sediments from the Mississippi River mixing zone, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 68, 2649-2657.
  • Higgins, S. M.*, Anderson, R. F., Marcantonio, F., Stute, M., and Schlosser, P. (2002) Sediment focusing creates 100-ka cycles in interplanetary dust accumulation on the Ontong Java Plateau, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 203, 383-397.
  • Marcantonio, F., Zimmerman, A., Xu, Y.*, Canuel, E. (2002) A Pb isotope record of mid-Atlantic US atmospheric Pb emissions in Chesapeake Bay sediments, Marine Chemistry, 77, 123-132.
  • Marcantonio, F., Anderson, R. F., Higgins, S., Fleisher, M. Q., Stute, M., Schlosser, P. (2001) Abrupt intensification of the SW Indian Ocean monsoon during the last deglaciation: constraints from Th, Pa, and He isotopes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 184, 504-514.
  • Marcantonio, F., Anderson, R. F., Higgins, S., Stute, M., Schlosser, P. (2001) Sediment focusing in the central Equatorial Pacific Ocean, Paleoceanography, 16, 260-267.

Additional Information


  • 2010–present: Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University
  • 2006–2010: Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University
  • 2002–2006: Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University
  • 1996–2002: Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Tulane University
  • 1995–1996: Post-doctoral research associate, Yale University. Osmium isotopes
  • 1994–1995: Post-doctoral research scientist, Columbia University. Helium in deep-sea sediments. Advisors: Robert Anderson and Peter Schlosser in coastal and deep-sea sediments. Advisor: Karl Turekian
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