- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University (funded by U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA). Sequence stratigraphy and petroleum potential of the San Joaquin basin, California (2002-2003)
- Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences, 2002. Dissertation: “Sedimentary record of late Mesozoic extension, southeast Mongolia: implications for the petroleum potential and tectonic evolution of the China-Mongolia border region”
- Carleton College, Northfield, MN. B.A. in Geology, 1996, magna cum laude
- Professor, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah (2016-present)
- Associate Professor, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah (2009-2016)
- Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah (2003-2009)
- Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC), Affiliated Faculty (2011-present)
- Associate Chair, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah (8/2009-2012)
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University and United States Geological Survey, Resource Assessment Team (2002-2003)
- Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award, AAPG (2016)
- SEPM Outstanding Presentation Award, AAPG-ACE Convention (2016)
- Robert Mitchum best paper award (Basin Research, EAGE) (2016)
- Geological Society of America Fellow (elected 2015)
- Rocks2Models Consortium, Co-PI Dr. Lisa Stright (2012-present)
- University of Utah Distinguished Mentoring Award (2013)
- Blaustein Fellowship, Stanford University (2013)
- Editorial Boards: Geology (2007-2010), Basin Research (2010-present)
- Associate Editor for GSA Memoir (2015), Utah Geological Assoc. Guidebook (2010)
- Co-Chair for 3 AGU, 2 AAPG, and 2 GSA meeting sessions (2003-present)
- Department of Geology and Geophysics Faculty Research Award (2015)
- University of Utah Faculty Fellow Award (2013)
- Teaching Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, U. Utah (2012-2014)
- Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (2007-2013)
- ConocoPhillips Faculty Sponsorship Award (2011)
- University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award (2010)
- Department of Geology and Geophysics Teaching Award (2009)
- College of Mines and Earth Sciences Teaching Award (2007)
- Chair, Petroleum Industry Career Path (2007-present)
- AAPG Student Chapter Advisor (2003-present), multiple Outstanding Chapter awards
45 lifetime peer-reviewed publications, 23 from 2012-present (does not include in review or revision). Italics = student author. PDFs available on request.
45. Heumann, M.J., Johnson, C.L., and Webb, L.E., in press, Plate interior polyphase fault systems and sedimentary basin evolution: Case study of the East Gobi Basin and East Gobi Fault Zone, southeastern Mongolia, Basin Research, accepted March, 2017.
44. Mulhern. J., Johnson, C.L., and Martin, J., in press, Is barrier island morphology a function of tidal and wave regime?, Marine Geology, accepted February, 2017.
43. Birgenheier, L.P., Horton, B., McCauley, A., Johnson, C.L., Kennedy, A., in press, A depositional model for offshore deposits of the Lower Blue Gate Member, Mancos Shale, Uinta Basin, Utah, Sedimentology, accepted Dec. 16, 2016.
42. Benhallam, W., Turner, A., Stright, L., and Johnson, C.L., 2016, Spatial analysis of channel-belt stacking patterns: metrics to discriminate between local and regional controls on deposition in the fluvial John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 86, p. 1210-1227. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2016.77
41. Mulhern, J., and Johnson, C.L., in press, Time-space variability of paralic strata deposited in a high accommodation, high sediment supply setting: example from the Cretaceous of Utah, Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances, Geological Society of London Special Volume, accepted February 2016.
40. Johnson, C.L., Stright, L., Purcell, R., Durkin, P., in press, Stratigraphic evolution of an estuarine fill succession, and reservoir characterization of inclined heterolithic strata, Cretaceous of southern Utah, USA, Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances, Geological Society of London Special Volume, accepted February 2016.
39. Hudson, S., Johnson, C.L., Afandiyeva, M.A., 2016, Spatial and temporal variability of Paleocene-Miocene organofacies of the Kura Basin, eastern Azerbaijan, and implications for basin evolution and petroleum generation, Organic Geochemistry, oi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2016.04.002.
38. Gooley, J., Johnson, C.L., Pettinga, L., 2016, Spatial and temporal variations of fluvial architecture within a prograding clastic wedge of the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Basin (Kaiparowits Plateau), USA, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 86, p. 125-147. doi:10.2110/jsr.2016.11.
37. Hobbs, D.J., Birgenheier, L.P., Johnson, C.L., and Greb, M., 2015, Unconventional petroleum system analysis using a 3D basin model—Mancos Shale, Uinta Basin, Utah. In: Utah Geological Association Publication 44, Geology of Utah's Uinta Basin and Uinta Mountains, p. 417-453.
36. Chentnik, B., Johnson, C.L., Mulhern, J., Stright, L., 2015, Valleys, estuaries, and lagoons: Paleoenvironments and regressive-transgressive architecture of the Upper Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 85, p. 1166-1196.
35. Johnson, C.L., 2015, Sedimentary basins in transition: Distribution and tectonic settings of Mesozoic strata in Mongolia, in Anderson, T.H., Didenko, A.N., Johnson, C.L., Khanchuk, A.I., and MacDonald, J.H., Jr., eds., Late Jurassic Margin of Laurasia—A Record of Faulting Accommodating Plate Rotation: Anderson, T., ed., Late Jurassic margins of Laurasia, Geological Society of America Special Paper 513, p. 543-560. doi:10.1130/2015.2513(17).
34. Johnson, C.L., Constenius, K.C., Payton, A., Graham, S.A., and Mackey, G., 2015,Subsurface evidence for late Mesozoic extension in western Mongolia: Tectonic and petroleum systems implications, Basin Research, v. 27, n. 3, p. 272-294.
33. Szwarc, T.S., Johnson, C.L., Stright, L.E., McFarlane, C.M., 2015, Interactions between axial and transverse drainage systems in the Late Cretaceous Cordilleran foreland basin: Evidence from detrital zircons in the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah, USA, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, n. 3-4, p. 372-392.
32. Nieminski, N.M., Johnson, C. L., 2014, A Guide to the Bedrock Geology of Range Creek Canyon, Book Cliffs, Utah, Geology of the Intermountain West, Utah Geological Association, v. 1, p. 1-31.
31. Heumann, M.J., Johnson, C.L., Webb, L.E., Taylor, J.P., Undariya, J., Minjin, Ch., 2014, Total and incremental left-lateral displacement across the East Gobi Fault Zone, southern Mongolia: Implications for timing and modes of polyphase intracontinental deformation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 392, p. 1-15.
30. Taylor, J. P., Webb, L.E., Johnson, C.L., Heumann, M.J., 2013, The lost South Gobi Microcontinent: protolith studies of metamorphic tectonites and implications for the evolution of continental crust in southeastern Mongolia, Geosciences, v. 3, n. 3, p. 543-584. doi:10.3390/geosciences3030543.
29. Johnson, C.L., Semple, I.L., and Creem, S., 2013, The effects of scaling cues and interactivity on a viewer's ability to estimate the size of features shown on outcrop imagery, Journal of Geological Education, v. 61, n. 1, p. 68-80.
28. Moore, J.A., Taylor, A., Johnson, C.L., Ritts, D., and Archer, R., 2012, Facies analysis, reservoir characterization, and LIDAR modeling of an Eocene lacustrine delta, Green River Formation, Southwest Uinta basin, Utah, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 95, Ch. 7, p. 183-208.
27. Archer, R., Robanna, E., Ritts, B., Moore, J., Johnson, C.L., and Taylor, A., 2012, Reservoir simulation models of an Eocene lacustrine delta, Green River Formation, SW Uinta basin, Utah, in Y. Bartov and D. Nummedal, eds., Sandstones in lacustrine depositional settings, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 95, Ch. 8, p. 209-222.
26. Allen, J.A., Johnson, C.L., Heumann, M.J., Gooley, J., and Gallin, W., 2012, New Technology and Methodology for Assessing Sandstone Composition: A Preliminary Case Study using a Quantitative Electron Microscope Scanner (QEMScan), Geological Society of America Special Publication 487, p. 177-194.
25. Graham, S.A., Cope, T., Johnson, C.L., and Ritts, B.D., 2012, Sedimentary Basins of the Late Mesozoic Extensional Domain of China and Mongolia, in Roberts, D.G., and Bally, A.W., eds., Regional Geology and Tectonics: Phanerozoic Rift Systems and Sedimentary Basins, Chapter 17, p. 443-462, Elsevier (Amsterdam).
23. Johnson, C.L., and Ritts, B.D., 2012, Plate Interior Polyphase Basins, in Busby, C., and Azor, A., Recent Advances in Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, Blackwell Science, Ch. 28, p. 567-582.
22. Efendiyeva, M., Babaev, R., Johnson, C.L., Feyzullayev, A., and Aliev, Ch., 2012, Radiostratigraphic study of the deposits of the Maikop Group, western Azerbaijan, Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation, v. 20, n. 6, p. 567-577.
21. Allen, J.L., and Johnson, C.L., 2011, Architecture and formation of transgressive-regressive cycles in marginal marine strata of the John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Upper Cretaceous of southern Utah, USA, Sedimentology, v. 58, p. 1486-1513.
20. Allen, J. L., and Johnson, C.L., 2010a, Sedimentary facies, paleoenvironments, and relative sea level changes in the John Henry Member, Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, in Carney, S., Tabet, D., and Johnson, C. (eds.), Geology of South-Central Utah: UGA Guidebook 39, p. 225-247.
19. Allen, J.L., and Johnson, C.L., 2010b, Facies control on sandstone composition (and influence of statistical methods on interpretations) in the John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, USA, Sedimentary Geology, v. 230, p. 60-76.
18. Gallin, W., Johnson, C.L., and Allen, J., 2010, Fluvial and marginal marine architecture of the John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Kelly Grade of the Kaiparowits Plateau, south-central Utah, in Carney, S., Tabet, D., and Johnson, C. (eds.), Geology of South-Central Utah, UGA Guidebook 39, p. 248-275.
17. Webb, L.E., Johnson, C.L., and Minjin, Ch., 2010, Late Triassic sinistral shear in the East Gobi Fault Zone, Mongolia, Tectonophysics, v. 496, n. 3-4, p. 246-255.
16. Johnson, C.L., Hudson, S.H., Rowe, H.D., Efendiyeva, M.A., 2010, Geochemical constraints on the Paleocene-Miocene evolution of eastern Azerbaijan, with implications for the South Caspian basin and eastern Paratethys, Basin Research, v. 22, p. 733-750, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2117.2009.00427.x.
15. Ritts, B.D., Berry, A.K., Johnson, C.L., Darby, B.J., and Davis, G., 2010, Early Cretaceous supradetachment basins in the Hohhot metamorphic core complex, Inner Mongolia, China, Basin Research, v. 22, p. 45-60.
14. Hudson, S.H., Johnson, C.L., Efendiyeva, M.A., Rowe, H.D., Feyzullayev, A.A., and Aliyev, C.S., 2008, Stratigraphy and geochemical characterization of the Oligocene-Miocene Maikop series: Implications for the paleogeography of Eastern Azerbaijan, in Sorkhabi, R., ed., Out of Tethys: New Geologic Studies on the Making of Asia, Tectonophysics, v. 451, p. 40-55, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2007.11.045.
13. Johnson, C.L., Amory, J.A., Graham, S.A., Lamb, M.A., G. Badarch, and Affolter, M., 2008, Accretionary tectonics and sedimentation during late Paleozoic arc collision, China-Mongolia border region, in A. Draut, P. Clift, and D. Scholl, eds., Formation and applications of the sedimentary record in arc collision zones, Geological Society of America Special Paper 436, p. 363-390.
12. Johnson, C.L., and Graham, S.A., 2007, Middle Tertiary Stratigraphic Sequences of the San Joaquin Basin, California, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1713, Ch. 6, http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp1713/.
11. Webb, L.E., and Johnson, C.L., 2006, Tertiary strike-slip faulting in southeastern Mongolia and implications for Asian tectonics, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 241, p. 323-335.
10. Johnson, C.L., Bloch, R.B., and Graham, S.A., 2005, Tertiary Sequences of the Central San Joaquin Basin, California: Age Control and Eustatic Versus Tectonic Forcing Factors, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Pacific Section, MP#49, 1 large sheet.
9. Milner, M.A., Johnson, C.L., and Bereskin, S.R., 2005, A subsurface and outcrop interpretation of the Paleocene-Eocene boundary, northwest San Juan basin, New Mexico, Rocky Mountain Geologist, January Issue, p. 11-22.
8. Johnson, C.L., and Graham S.A., 2004a, Cycles in perilacustrine facies in Late Mesozoic rift basins, southeastern Mongolia, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 74, n. 6, p. 770-785.
7. Johnson, C.L., and Graham, S.A., 2004b, Sedimentology and reservoir architecture of a synrift lacustrine delta, southeastern Mongolia, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 74, n. 6, p. 786-804.
6. Johnson, C.L., 2004, Mesozoic-Cenozoic evolution of the East Gobi basin: Integration of outcrop and subsurface data, Basin Research, v. 16, n. 1, p. 79-100.
5. Johnson, C.L., Greene, T.J., Zinniker, D.A., Moldowan, J.M., Hendrix, M.S., and Carroll, A.R., 2003, Geochemical characteristics and correlation of oil and nonmarine source rocks from Mongolia, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 87, n. 5, p. 817-846.
4. Johnson, C.L., Webb, L., Graham, S., Hendrix, M., and G. Badarch, 2001, Sedimentary and structural records of late Mesozoic high-strain extension and strain partitioning, East Gobi basin, southern Mongolia, Geological Society of America Memoir 194, p. 413-433.
3. Graham, S.A., Hendrix, M.S., Johnson, C.L., D. Badamgarav, G. Badarch, Amory, J., Porter, M., R. Barsbold, Webb, L.E., and Hacker, B., 2001, Sedimentary record and tectonic implications of Mesozoic rifting in southeast Mongolia, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 113, p. 1560-1579.
2. Varga, R.J., Gee, J.S., Bettison-Varga, L.A., Anderson, R.S., and Johnson, C.L., 1999, Early establishment of seafloor hydrothermal systems during structural extension; paleomagnetic evidence from the Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 171, n. 2, p. 221-235.
1. Webb, L., Graham, S., Johnson, C.L., Hendrix, M., and Badarch, G., 1999, Occurrence, age, and implications of the Yagan-Onch Hayrhan metamorphic core complex, southern Mongolia, Geology, v. 27, p. 143-146.
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