News - 2015 - 2015

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Blair Schoene

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Area(s): Crustal Evolution, Earth History, and Geochronologyand Thermochronology


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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Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015
Have you ever seen an icebreaker roll on the waves? Neither have I, at least from the outside. But after almost two weeks at sea, we have certainly felt it from within.
Monday, Aug 3, 2015
Animals and plants are not the only things that form fossils. Tsunamis—the huge waves created by some submarine earthquakes—do so, too. They might reasonably wonder when the next big wave will arrive—as might residents of other earthquake-prone coastlines around the world. Alumnus Dr. Harvey M. Kelsey, III '71, of Humboldt State University, in...
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015
In response to NASA scientist James Hansen's paper, climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University affirmed: "If we cook the planet long enough at about two degrees warming, there is likely to be a staggering amount of sea level rise. Key questions are when would greenhouse-gas emissions lock in this sea level rise and how fast...
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015
This summer, Princeton undergraduate students are gaining new perspectives and opportunities through internships in a variety of fields in more than 50 countries through the University's International Internship Program (IIP). GEO Undergrad Alyson Beveridge '16 describes her internship teaching English at The Tushita Foundation in Jaipur, India.
Thursday, Jul 23, 2015
Prof. Jack Mustard and his graduate student, Kevin Cannon, at Brown University reported in Geology magazine that they had found impact glass in several craters on Mars. This discovery is particularly relevant to the Martian crater named after the late Princeton geoscience professor, Robert B. Hargraves *59. Mustard and his colleagues are...