Dr. Toti Larson

Toti Larson
Research Associate Professor

Dr. Toti Larson is a Research Associate and Principal Investigator of the Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL) consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology. As PI of the MSRL since 2019, Toti coordinates with Energy companies to identify knowledge gaps and develop subsurface geology characterization projects that leverage the MSRL research team strengths. In his own research Toti applies geochemistry, geology, and machine learning tools to develop predictive subsurface characterization models. Toti built a Python package (CorePy) for open source sharing of subsurface characterization tools and geological characterization workflows he has developed.

Research Interests

  • Mudrock sedimentology & stratigraphy
  • Computational geosciences
  • Integrating core characterizations with petrophysics
  • Paleoceanography and tracing oceanic anoxic events
  • Unconventional oil and gas reservoirs
  • Carbon capture and utilization


  • Ph.D., Geochemistry, University of New Mexico, Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2003
  • M.S., Geology, University of New Hampshire, Department of Earth Sciences, 1999
  • B.A., Geology, Albion College, Geological Science, 1993

Professional History

  • 2019 – present, Principal Investigator, Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL) Industrial Affiliate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2017 – present, Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2012 – 2017, Research Science Associate, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2005 – 2012, Technical Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • 2003 – 2005, Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
  • 1999 – 2003, Research and Teaching Assistant, The University of New Mexico
  • 1996 – 1999, Research and Teaching Assistant, The University of New Hampshire
  • 1995 – 1996, Geologist, Kennecott Mining Company, Salt lake City, Utah
  • 1993 – 1995, Geologist, Bureau of Land Management, Lake View, Oregon and Salt lake City, Utah

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Please see my Curriculum Vitae and the following links for references and downloads of peer-reviewed publications:

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