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

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015
Geosciences recent graduate Preston Kemeny ’15 and undergrad Ethan Campbell ’16 embarked today on an oceanographic research cruise that will take them from Cape Town, South Africa, to the Antarctic winter sea-ice edge.
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015
Prof. Em. Lincoln Hollister writes in NJ.com: "As a scientist who cares about evidence-based decision making, I'm astounded that Clean Ocean Action (COA) has chosen to misrepresent facts in order to shovel sand against sea level rise." Get the Facts on NJ Sea Levels:...
Thursday, Jun 4, 2015
Three Princeton University-related computer programs have been chosen to run on a new supercomputer that will deliver enhanced scientific findings when it begins crunching numbers in 2018. The three projects were among 13 selected to run in the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness program at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership...
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015
Please join The Department of Geosciences in congratulating the Class of 2015: Eric D. Bolton, Leticia M. Bombieri, Joan L. Cannon, Tiffany W. Cheung, Preston C. Kemeny, Trevor D. Klee, Sean P. McIntee, Yuem Park, Natalie Saenz, Stephen T. Soerens (GE) and Martin J. Wolf.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
More than 2,000 Princeton University students will graduate at Commencement on Tuesday, June 2. GEO Undergrad Joan Cannon '15 appears in this video and thanks her peers who helped her succeed to graduation (1:41).

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