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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The 2015 "Smilodon" alumni newsletter is now published and available in the department and online. Geosciences Alumni can look for copies to be delivered this summer.
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).
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A team of researchers with members from Princeton University, the University of Maine and Oregon State University has found that greenhouse gasses a million years ago, were only slightly higher than they were between 450,000 and 800,000 years ago. In their paper published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," the team describes...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2015 Spitzer Lecture - Professor Nicolas Dauphas, Dept. of the Geophysical Sciences and Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago. Meteorites, which are remnants of solar system formation, provide a direct glimpse into the dynamics and evolution of a young stellar object, namely our Sun.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A whiff of air frozen in ice for 1 million years provides a new snapshot of Earth's ancestral climate. "Gas bubbles are the gold standard for reconstructing climate," said lead study author John Higgins, a geochemist at Princeton University. (DOI:10.1073/pnas.1420232112)

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