Dr. Benjamin R. Tanner

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources
Associate Professor, Geology



Phone: 828-227-3915
Email: btanner@wcu.edu
Office Address: Stillwell 307

Areas of Interest:

  • Wetland Environments
  • Organic and Light Isotope Geochemistry
  • Quaternary Climate Change


  • GEOL 140: Investigations in Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 150: Methods in Geology
  • GEOL 455/555: Wetlands
  • GEOL 465/565: Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 494/591: Wetland Identification and Delineation
  • GEOL 494: Global Climate Change


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Tennessee, 2005
  • M.S., Quaternary and Climate Studies, University of Maine, 2001
  • B.S., Anthropology, Florida State University, 1999


Tanner, B.R., Lane, C.S., Martin, E.M., Young, R., and Collins, B., 2015, Sedimentary Proxy Evidence of a mid-Holocene Hypsithermal Event in the Location of a Current Warming Hole, North Carolina, USA, Quaternary Research v. 83, p. 315-323.

Bostic, J., Tanner, B., and McDowell Peek, K., 2015, Apparent Downdrift Impacts of T-Head Groin Construction on a Salt Marsh, Hunting Island State Park, SC., Southeastern Geology v. 51, p. 51-64.

Tanner, B.R., Kinner, D.A., Griffith, A.D., Young, R.S., and Sorrell, L.M., 2011, Presence of Arundinaria gigantea (rivercane) on Numerous Non-wetland Sites Suggests Improper Classification of the Species, Wetlands Ecology and Management v. 19, p. 521-532.

Wilson, K.R., Kelley, J.T., Tanner, B.R. and Belknap, D.F., 2010, Examining North-Temperate Salt-Marsh Geologic Records: Determining Origin of and Defining a Unique Stratigraphic Signature for Salt Pools of Six Maine Salt Marshes, U.S.A., Journal of Coastal Research v. 26, p. 1007-1026.

Song, X., Tanner, B.R., and Neff, K.E., 2010, Exploring Possibilities for Using UV/Vis and Fourier –Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to Directly Differentiate Soil Organic Matter in a Soil Profile, Spectroscopy Letters v. 43, p. 561-566.

Tanner, B.R., Kelley, J.T, Uhle, M.E., Mora, C.I., Lane, C., Schuneman, P.J., and Allen, E.S., 2010, Comparison of Bulk and Compound-Specific d13C Analyses and Determination of Carbon Sources to Salt Marsh Sediments Using n-Alkane Distributions (Maine, USA), Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science v. 86, p. 283-291.

Griffith, A.D., Kinner, D.A., Tanner, B.R., Moore, A., Mathews, K.G., and Young, R.S., 2009, Nutrient and Physical Soil Characteristics of River Cane Stands, Western North Carolina, Castanea, v. 74, p. 224-235.

Tanner, B.R., Uhle, M.E., Kelley, J.T., and Mora, C.I., 2007, C3/C4 Variations in Salt Marsh Sediments: An Application of Compound Specific Isotopic Analysis of Lipid Biomarkers to Late Holocene Paleoenvironmental Research, Organic Geochemistry v. 38, p. 474-484.

Tanner, B.R., Perfect, E., and Kelley, J.T., 2006, Fractal Analysis of Maine’s Glaciated Shoreline Tests Four Compartment Coastal Classification Scheme, Journal of Coastal Research v. 22, p. 1300-1304.

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