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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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Friday, Nov 18, 2016
Princeton senior épée Anna Van Brummen '17 made U.S. Fencing history this past weekend with a gold medal at the Suzhou World Cup in China. This will make Van Brummen a contender for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Join us in congratulating Van Brummen on becoming the first U.S. women's épée fencer to win World Cup gold since women's epee was...
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016
The mutually beneficial relationship between algae and modern corals — which provides algae with shelter, gives coral reefs their colors and supplies both organisms with nutrients — began more than 210 million years ago, according to a new study by an international team of scientists including researchers from Princeton University.
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016
One of the World's greatest explorer Dr. Fred Roots *49 was sent to Antarctica in 1949 to answer a question that was puzzling scientists of the time: Was something bad happening to the world’s glaciers?
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016
Two pieces of Bisbee-born azurite met again, by chance, thanks to the eagle eye of a student worker. Here's the backstory: In the late 19th century, copper mining took hold in Bisbee, Arizona, under the direction of the Phelps Dodge Corp., initially founded in 1834 as an import-export business. At that time, Princeton University graduates ran some...
Thursday, Oct 6, 2016
When he started his graduate studies in 2011, Brenhin Keller had planned on a laboratory-based research career focusing on the chemistry and features of ancient rock. But at the time, his Princeton University Ph.D. advisor, Blair Schoene, was still setting up equipment in his new laboratory. He and Keller instead chose a computational project...

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