Faculty Spotlight

Professor Blair Schoene

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Area(s): Crustal Evolution, Earth History, and Geochronologyand Thermochronology

Teaching

GEO372 - Rocks
GEO373 - Structural Geology
GEO464 - Quantifying Geologic Time
GEO 556 - Construction and Evolution of Continents

Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) laboratory

The Princeton radiogenic isotope geoscience lab was completed in 2011.  The laboratory mainstains a IsotopX PhoeniX62 Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) to perform high-precision U-Pb geochronology on zircons and other accessory minerals with sub-picogram Pb blanks. MORE ABOUT THE LAB

 

Blair Schoene, Associate Professor of Geosciences

Research Summary

I am a geologist who uses a variety of tools to understand Earth history with a focus on how magmatic processes build continental crust and and affect the biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans.   I run a high-precision U-Pb geochronology lab, and understanding timescales features prominently in much of my group’s research.  Most  projects begin in the field with outrcrop to regional scale mapping, using complementary approaches such as thermochronology, radiogenic isotope tracing, structural analysis, geochemistry, and numerical and statistical techniques.  My lab is in Geosciences at Princeton, and consists of low-blank clean room facilities, two thermal ionization mass spectrometers, rock and mineral separation and characterization facilities. My group also shares space and instrumentation with other lab groups in the department that measure stable and radiogenic isotopes and geochemistry of a whole variety of Earth materials.

 


In the News


 

More recent articles

Friday, Sep 27, 2019
Following last week’s extreme rainfall and flooding, an international team of scientists carried out a rapid analysis to determine whether the probability of the storm had changed as a result of climate change, using the same methods they used for Hurricane Harvey two years ago.
Friday, Sep 27, 2019
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Dr. Akshay Karankumar Mehra on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis: "Reconstructions of Ediacaran Putative Biomineralizers Via a Novel Serial Grinding and Imaging Technique" on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019
Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute Gabriel Vecchi appears on Jake Tappers' CNN "Earth Matters Series" to discusses the intensity of Hurricane Dorian as it moves up the East Coast.
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019
The links between hurricanes and climate change are complex, but some aspects are getting clearer. Tropical storms draw their energy from ocean heat — and more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is being stored in the ocean.
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019
Join us in congratulating Harry Hess Postdoctoral Fellow Nadir Jeevanjee as a recipient of the 2019 James R. Holton Award, to be awarded at the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held December 9-13 in San Francisco, CA.

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