Laura B. Carter

Room Number: 213


2011 Bachelor of Science, Geological Sciences, Tufts University, Medford, MA USA
2012 Masters of Research, Science of Natural Hazards, University of Bristol, Bristol, England

Awards & Honors

2016 Douglas and Martha Lou Broussard Fellowship,
2016 Alison Henning Teaching Award,
2015 Torkild Rieber Award, Department of Earth Science, Rice University, Houston, TX USA

2014 Kirk Bryan Award for Excellence Geological Society of America, Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division—Presented to Ridge et al. 2012 AJS at GSA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada

2012 Student Travel Grant— American Geophysical Union, Annual Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

2012 Master’s degree awarded with Distinction University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010: Undergraduate Dean’s List Tufts University, Medford, MA USA

2009 James D. Hume Field Geology Scholarship Prize,
2010 Charles E. Stearns Scholarship Prize in Geology,
2011 Robert L. Nichols Scholarship Prize--Geology Departmental Awards, Tufts University

2011 Charles Deiss and the Judson Mead Field Station Scholarship Indiana University, Bloomington, IN USA


experimental petrology, geochemistry, carbon, volcanic degassing


Magmatic geochemistry: mixing/assimilation with emphasis on volatiles (particularly carbon), especially in anomalous CO2 degassing volcanoes (e.g., Etna, Vesuvius) and carbon-rich magmas (carbonatites).

Selected Publications

Carter, L.B. & Dasgupta, R. (2016). Effect of melt composition on crustal carbonate assimilation—Implications for the transition from calcite consumption to skarnification and associated CO2 degassing. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 17, no. 10, p. 3893-3916.

Carter, L.B. & Dasgupta, R. (2015). Hydrous basalt-limestone interaction at crustal conditions: Implications for generation of ultracalcic melts and outflux of CO2 at volcanic arcs. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 412, 132-142, DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.06.053.

Carter, L.B., Skora, S.E., Blundy, J., de Hoog, J.C.M., Elliott, T., (2015) An experimental study of trace element fluxes from subducted oceanic crust. Journal of Petrology, v. 56, no. 8, p. 1585-1606, DOI: 10.1093/petrology/egv046.

Ridge, J.C., Balco, G., Bayless, R.L., Beck, C.C., Carter, L.B., Dean, J.L., Voytek, E.B., Wei, J.H. (2012) The New North American Varve Chronology: A Precise Record of Southeastern Laurentide Ice Sheet Deglaciation and Climate, 18.2-12.5kyr BP, and Correlations with Greenland Ice Core Records. American Journal of Science v.312, p. 685-722, DOI 10.2475/07.2012.01.