News - 2013 - 2013

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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Monday, Dec 2, 2013
In this Freshman Seminar, students learn how to make geological and geophysical field observations, then analyze and model the data to shed light on the interplay between active tectonic landscapes, changing climate, and ancient civilizations. During the fall-break students visit sites of geological and archaeological significance on Cyprus and...
Monday, Nov 25, 2013
Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study suggests that it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to reach the...
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013
"Putting the New IPCC Report in Context" is PIIRS Seminar to communicate the uncertainty within the recent report put out by the IPCC on climate change. Held Wed., Nov. 20, 2013, at Bowl 1, Robertson Hall. Open to the public.
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
Jorge Sarmiento and Daniel Sigman are among Princeton researchers pushing through the challenging conditions of the Southern Ocean because they want to learn more about the waters at the bottom of the globe.

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