Olivier J. Caron

Associate Quaternary Geologist
Quaternary and Engineering Geology
209 Natural Resources Building
615 E. Peabody Drive, MC-650
Champaign, IL, 61820-6918, USA
Fax: 217-244-7004

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (University of Quebec at Montreal – UQAM)

Major Responsibilities: 
  • Map the distribution of Quaternary deposit and landforms at various scale at the land surface and in the subsurface.
  • Conduct research related to Quaternary geology, climate and ecology, and applied research related to the interaction of Quaternary geology and societal needs.
  • Describe, characterize, and interpret Quaternary deposit and landforms and their geologic history.
  • Publish results of investigations in ISGS publication series and other venues and formats.
  • Carry out and manage logistic of field work including siting of drill-hole locations and geophysical surveys.
  • Drilling, geophysical and utilize a variety of analytical technique to determine the physical charateristics of geologic samples.
  • Use GIS and other computer technologies to visualize and analyse data.
  • Participate in professional organizations and communicate results of investigations as presentations and lectures.
Research Interests: 
  • Glacial geology
  • Geomorphology
  • GIS, mapping and 3D geomodeling
  • Glacial stratigraphy
  • Geochronology
  • Hydrogeology
Current Research Projects: 
  • Will County, 3D geologic mapping program
  • Geology of the Wabash River (Andrew C. Phillips)
  • Geology of the Illinois River Valley (Richard C. Berg and Donald E. McKay)
  • Lake Nyos Project (Cameroon, Africa)
  • Geology, geochronology and 3D modelling of the Quaternary Stratigraphic sequence of the Southeastern Appalachians of Canada (Michel Lamothe and William W. Shilts).
Selected Publications: 

Phillips, A.C., J.M. Gemperline, T.H. Larson, and O. Caron, 2013, Surficial Geology of Emma Quadrangle, Gallatin and White Counties, Illinois, and Posey County, Indiana: Illinois State Geological Survey, USGS-STATEMAP contract report, 2 sheets, 1:24,000. http://www.isgs.illinois.edu/?q=maps/isgs-quads/emma-surficial-geology-2013