News - 2012 - 2012

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.

 


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Thursday, Dec 6, 2012
The specimen happens to be an extremely fine hematite (iron oxide, Fe2O3) sample from the famous mines on the Island of Elba, Italy. The locality is known for its unique, distinctive, sharp, and iridescent hematite crystals. Truly a noteworthy specimen from an exceptional individual.
Thursday, Nov 29, 2012
While formal digging at Polis Chrysochous ended in 2007, research is still being conducted on the findings, and Princeton students continue to work at the site. Over fall break, Smith accompanied Adam Maloof, an associate professor of geosciences; Frederik Simons, an assistant professor of geosciences; and students in the freshman seminar "Earth's...
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012
An enhanced approach to capturing changes on the Earth's surface via satellite could provide a more accurate account of how ice sheets, river basins and other geographic areas are changing as a result of natural and human factors. With their method, Harig and co-author Frederik Simons, an assistant professor of geosciences, can clean up data "...
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012
An interdisciplinary workshop held at Rutgers University, Thursday-Friday, January 17-18, 2013. This workshop will focus onstatistical approaches to overcoming these challenges and making inferences about the Earth's past environments, bringing together Earth scientists, statisticians, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists to address...
Monday, Nov 26, 2012
Hollywood Science Gone Bad: A Special Screening of "The Core"with Professor Jeroen Tromp. 8 P.M., Friday Nov. 30, East Pyne 010. This is a special movie screening of the exhilarating Hollywood blockbuster The Core, a disaster film in which the Earth’s molten core has stopped rotating, causing the deterioration of the electromagnetic field and...

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