Professor (Senior Research)
mitch.lyle@oregonstate.edu

Office: 541-737-3427

Burt Hall

Burt Hall 112

2651 SW Orchard Avenue

2651 SW Orchard Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331

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At OSU
Brief Research Interests: 

Miocene equatorial Pacific paleoproductivity, ocean carbon cycling, geochemical tracers, seismic stratigraphy and pelagic sedimentation

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Specialty

Reconstructing Cenozoic-Holocene Earth Systems from sediment composition and deposition patterns

Current Research

Miocene equatorial Pacific paleoproductivity from XRF scanning

Ocean carbon cycling

Geochemical tracers of sediment flux, redistribution, and sorting

Neogene evolution of Arabian Sea sedimentation (IODP Exp 355)

Seismic stratigraphy and pelagic sedimentation

Education

BSc in Geology, University of Michigan, 1973

PhD in Oceanography, Oregon State Unversity, 1978

Publications

Publications, 2017-2020

2019 (in press) Late Miocene to Recent High Resolution Eastern Equatorial Pacific Carbonate Records:  Stratigraphy linked by dissolution and paleoproductivity (Lyle, Drury, Tian, Wilkens, and Westerhold) Climate of the Past (https://www.clim-past-discuss.net/cp-2018-157/)

2018 Data report: revised Pleistocene sediment splice for Site U1457, IODP Expedition 355 (Lyle and Saraswat) In Pandey, D.K., Clift, P.D., Kulhanek, D.K., and the Expedition 355 Scientists, Arabian Sea Monsoon. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 355: College Station, TX (International Ocean Discovery Program https://doi.org/10.14379/iodp.proc.355.202.2018

2018 Data report: X-ray fluorescence studies of Site U1457 sediments, Laxmi Basin, Arabian Sea (Lyle, Kulhanek, Bowen, and Hahn) In Pandey, D.K., Clift, P.D., Kulhanek, D.K., and the Expedition 355 Scientists, Arabian Sea Monsoon. Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, 355: College Station, TX (International Ocean Discovery Program https://doi.org/10.14379/iodp.proc.355.203.2018

2018 Paleoceanography of the east equatorial Pacific over the past 16 Myr and Pacific–Atlantic comparison: High resolution benthic foraminiferal δ18O and δ13C records at IODP Site U1337 (Tian, Ma, Zhou, Jiang, Lyle, Shackford, and Wilkens). Eartth Plan. Sci. Lett, 499, 185-196, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.07.025

2018 Deciphering the state of the late Miocene to early Pliocene Equatorial Pacific (Drury, Lee, Gray, Lyle, Westerhold, Shevenell, and John), Paleocean. Paleoclim., 33, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017PA003245

2017 Millenial-scale iron fertilization of the eastern equatorial Pacific over the past 100,000 years. (Lovely, Marcantonio, Wisler, Hertzberg, Schmidt, and Lyle) Nature Geoscience, 10, 760-764, doi:10.1038/NGEO3024

2017 Sediment redistribution and grainsize effect on 230Th-normalized mass accumulation rates and focusing factors in the Panama Basin. (Lovely, Marcantonio, Lyle, Ibrahim, Hertzberg, and Schmidt) Earth Plan. Sci. Lett, 480, 107-120. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl2017.09046

2017 Revisiting the Ceara Rise, equatorial Atlantic Ocean: isotope stratigraphy of ODP Leg 154 from 0 to 5 Ma (Wilkens, Westerhold, Drury, Lyle, Gorgas, and Tian). Clim. Past, 13, 779-793. doi:10.5194/cp-13-779-2017

2017 Late Miocene climate and time scale reconciliation: Accurate orbital calibration from a deep-sea perspective (Drury, Westerhold, Frederichs, Tian, Wilkens, Channell, Eveans, John, Lyle, and Röhl). Earth Plan. Sci. Lett., 475, 254-266. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.07.038

 

Publications, 2015 and 2016

2016 Dynamic carbonate sedimentation on the Northern Line Islands Ridge, Palmyra Basin (Lyle, Pockalny, Polissar, Lynch-Stieglitz, Bova, Dunlea, Ford, Hertzberg, Hovan, Jacobel, King Wertman, Maloney, Murray, Wilson, Wejnert, Xie) Marine Geology, 379, 194-207 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2016.06.005.

2015 Dissolved and particulate 230 Th–232 Th in the Central Equatorial Pacific Ocean: Evidence for far-field transport of the East Pacific Rise hydrothermal plume (Lopez, Marcantonio, Lyle, Lynch-Stieglitz) Earth and Planetary Science Letters 431, 87-95

2015 Glacial-interglacial changes in central tropical Pacific surface seawater property gradients. (Lynch-Stieglitz, Polissar, Jacobel, Hovan, Pockalny,  Lyle,  Murray, Ravelo, Bova, Dunlea, Ford, Hertzberg, Wertman, Maloney, Shackford, Wejnert, Xie) Paleoceanography 30, 423-438.

2015 Biogenic sediment regimes in the Neogene equatorial Pacific, IODP Site U1338: Burial, production, and diatom community. (Lyle and Baldauf) Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 433, 106-128.

 

Publications, 2013 and 2014:

2013 Data report: Calibration of XRF-estimated CaCO3 along the Site U1338 splice (Lyle and Backman) In  Pälike, H., Lyle, M., Nishi, H., Raffi, I., Gamage, K., Klaus, A., and the Expedition 320/321 Scientists, 2010. Proc. IODP, 320/321: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). http://publications.iodp.org/proceedings/320_321/32021toc.htm

2013 Dissolved And Particulate 230Th – 232Th Dynamics In The Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (Singh, Marcantonio, Lyle). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 362, 294-304; doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.12.006.

2013 Obliquity and long eccentricity pacing of the middle Miocene climate transition. (Tian, Yang, Lyle, Shackford, and Wilkens) Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14, doi: 10.1002/ggge.20108

2014 The middle Miocene climate transition: an eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean perspective (Holbourn, Kuhnt, Lyle, Schneider, Romero, Anderson) Geology, 42(1), 19-22

2014 Deep-sea Ostracoda from the eastern equatorial Pacfic (ODP Site 1238) over the last 460 kyr (Stepanova and Lyle). Marine Micropaleontology, 111, 100-117, doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2014.06.003

2014 Late Miocene to Pleistocene sedimentation and sediment focusing on the Cocos Ridge, eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (Liao and Lyle) Marine Geology, 355, 1-14, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.05.007.

2014 Deep-Sea Sediments. (Lyle) Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences, Springer (Netherlands), pp1-21, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_53-1.

2014 Separation of coarse and fine particles by sediment focusing in the equatorial Pacific: effect on paleoflux measurements. (Lyle, Marcantonio, Moore, Murray, Huh, Finney, Murray, and Mix) Paleoceanography,29(7). 747-763,doi:10.1002/2014PA002616

2014 Particle sorting during sediment redistribution processes and the effect on 230Th normalized mass accumulation rates (Marcantonio, Lyle, Ibrahim) Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 5547–5554, doi:10.1002/2014GL060477.

2014 Synchronous mid-Miocene upper and deep oceanic d13C changes in the east equatorial Pacific linked to ocean cooling and ice sheet expansion (Tian, Ma, Lyle, and Shackford). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 406, 72-80.

2014 Data report: raw and normalized elemental data along the Site U1335, Site U1336, and Site U1337 splices from X-ray fluorescence scanning (Shackford, Lyle, Wilkens, and Tian) In  Pälike, H., Lyle, M., Nishi, H., Raffi, I., Gamage, K., Klaus, A., and the Expedition 320/321 Scientists, 2010. Proc. IODP, 320/321: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). http://publications.iodp.org/proceedings/320_321/32021toc.htm

 Selected earlier publications:

2012 Out of the tropics: the Pacific, Great Basin Lakes, and Late Pleistocene Water Cycle in the Western US (Lyle, Heusser, Ravelo, Yamamoto, Barron, Diffenbaugh, Herbert, Andreasen), Science, 337, 1629-1633.

2008 The Pacific Ocean and Cenozoic evolution of climate. (Lyle, Barron, Bralower, Huber, Olivarez Lyle, Ravelo, Rea, Wilson) Reviews of Geophysics, 46, RG2002, doi:10.1029/2005RG000190.

2007 Hydrothermal pits in the biogenic sediments of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (Moore, Mitchell, Lyle, Backman, and Pälike) Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 8(3), doi:10.1029/2006GC001501, 14pp.

2006 Broad region of no sediment in the Southwest Pacific Basin. (Rea, Lyle, Liberty, Hovan, Bolyn, Gleason, Hendy, Latimer, Murphy, Owen, Paul, Rea, Stancin, and Thomas) Geology, 34 (10), doi:10.1130/G22864.1, 873-876.

2006 Missing organic carbon in Eocene marine sediments: Is metabolism the biological thermostat that maintains end-member climates? (Olivarez Lyle and Lyle), Paleoceanography, 21, doi:10.1029/2005PA001230.