News - 2018 - 2018

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

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and to our 2017/18 Ph.D. Recipients.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Alec Getraer '19 Wins Gold Award at Research Day 2018 for his poster titled "Centimeter Scale River Network Organization." Princeton Research Day is a celebration of the research and creative endeavors by students and non-faculty researchers at Princeton. Read more: https://researchday.princeton....
Friday, May 11, 2018
In a Nature News and Views entitled “Will Ocean Zones with Low Oxygen Levels Expand or Shrink?”, Laure Resplandy discusses the extreme sensitivity of ocean oxygen minimum zones (OMZs) to biological and physical changes, and the difficulty of quantifying and anticipating these changes. Establishing this subtle response locally will be crucial if we...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Dr. Darcy McRose on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis: "Trace Metal Uptake and Use in Soil Diazotrophs and Marine Vibrios: Alternative Nitrogenases, Siderophores, and Quorum Sensing OR Efforts of the Very Small to Acquire the Very Scarce" on Friday, April 27, 2018.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Graduate School presented Geosciences graduate student Danielle Schlesinger and seven other graduate students with its annual "Teaching Awards" in recognition of their outstanding teaching abilities.

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