News - 2017 - 2017

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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More recent articles

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Dr. Xiangtao Xu on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis: "Understanding Plant Water Stress and The Terrestrial Carbon Cycle in Tropical Ecosystems: The Roles of Plant Hydraulics, Phenology and Competition" on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017
Why it’s so hard to compare contemporary tropical cyclones to those from the 19th century. The month was so powerful that it has assured certain records for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season as a whole, which is already among the 10 strongest seasons ever measured. (Prof. Gabe Vecchi quoted)
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
That inward contraction of a hurricane’s eye can be one telltale indicator of what hurricane gurus technically call “rapid intensification,” although a more evocative word might simply be “explosion.” “One of the key issues is that it remains quite difficult to predict on a day-to-day basis. And of course, it’s something we would very much like to...
Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017
With the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey, the historic winds of Irma, and Jose still meandering slowly through the Caribbean, the last few weeks have been full of powerful and frequent hurricanes. In the real world, the planet has gotten warmer, the oceans have gotten warmer, and here we have these intense storms — it all seems to add up. (...
Friday, Sep 8, 2017
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have reignited discussions about the link between global warming and extreme weather, with climate scientists now saying they can show the connections between the two phenomena better than ever before. “A warmer ocean makes a warmer atmosphere, a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture,” says Gabriel Vecchi, a professor...

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