News - 2015 - 2015

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

Thursday, Sep 3, 2015
Now in the Policy Debate: Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions, according to a new policy article published in Nature. The authors – which include the Wilson School's Michael Oppenheimer – urge policymakers to...
Thursday, Sep 3, 2015
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Anne M. Gothmann on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis.
Monday, Aug 24, 2015
Dangerous storms are one reason the Southern Ocean is so under-researched, although it absorbs almost half of the world’s man-made carbon emissions. Last week, more than 50 researchers (Ethan Campbell '16 and Preston Kemeny '15) returned from a scientific voyage of Antarctica, the first leg of a two-year experiment – the 3rd Southern Ocean...
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015
We've (Ethan Campbell '16 and Preston Kemeny '15) have been incredibly busy on our research cruise to Antarctica! Within this week, we’ve had to get over the sea sickness very quickly as we have been working virtually non-stop. Sandi Smart *14 is a new addition to our team and her project involves collecting foraminifera (“forams”, organisms used...
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015
A concern among scientists is that higher Arctic temperatures brought about by climate change could result in the release of massive amounts of carbon locked in the region’s frozen soil in the form of carbon dioxide and methane. New research led by researchers at the Department of Geosciences and published in The ISME Journal suggests that, thanks...

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