News - 2015 - 2015
Professor Blair Schoene
Associate Professor of Geosciences
Area(s): Crustal Evolution, Earth History, and Geochronologyand Thermochronology
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
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.
In the News
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015Deforestation threatens to upset the delicate water balance within the Amazon rainforest by altering not just ground cover but patterns of rainfall...
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015On Dec. 12, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris ended with the first climate change agreement. We discussed the agreement with...
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015P. Jeroen Tromp and the Theoretical & Computational Seismology Research Group receive INCITE supercomputing grant. Three projects based at...
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate...
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015Spring 2016 Courses are now published and available online.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015The warming effects of climate change usually conjure up ideas of parched and barren landscapes broiling under a blazing sun, its heat amplified by...
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015The 2015 "Smilodon" Fall Supplement Alumni Newsletter is now published and available in the department and online. Geosciences Alumni can look for...
Monday, Nov 30, 2015Just how far down in the Earth's crust can animals survive? In the dark, hot depths of several South African gold mines, there live some tiny worms...
Monday, Nov 30, 2015On Wednesday, Nov. 18th, the department was pleased to welcome back paleontologist Jack Horner, who gave a special seminar in Guyot Hall Rm 10,...