News - 2013 - 2013
Professor John A. Higgins
Title: Associate Professor of Geosciences
Professor John Higgins' primary research interest is the evolution of the carbon cycle and the global climate system over Earth history. One focus has been on processes that control the chemical composition of seawater, and how those processes have changed on geologic timescales. Another is how on the chemistry of carbonate sediments is affected by processes that occur post-deposition. These include early diagenetic recrystallization, dolomitization and hydrothermal alteration. The tools Prof. Higgins has employed to study these include numerical models of chemical and isotopic biogeochemical cycles, as well as analysis of traditional stable isotopes of oxygen and carbon, and new isotope systems such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Higgins Research Laboratory
Upcoming Semester - SPRING 2021
GEO 360 / ENV 356 - Geochemistry of the Human Environment
Humans have profoundly altered the chemistry of Earth's air, water, and soil. This course explores these changes with an emphasis on the analytical techniques used to measure the human impact. Topics include the accumulation of greenhouse gases (CO2 and CH4) in Earth's atmosphere and the contamination of drinking water at the tap and in the ground. Students will get hands on training in mass spectrometry and spectroscopy to determine the chemical composition of air, water, and soil and will participate in an outreach project aimed at providing chemical analyses of urban tap waters to residents of Trenton, NJ.
In The News
Monday, Dec 16, 2013Tullis Onstott gave a presentation in the Marine Sciences Building at Rutgers University, explaining his recent research and findings in a South...
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013A short video from the History Channel featuring Gerta Keller on evidence of what caused the extinction of dinosaurs
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013GEO Undergrad Nathan Serota '14 writes in the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) on the Princeton 48-Hour Hackathon that took place in November, 2013.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics, recently received a Department of Energy (DOE...
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University Congratulates Kirsten L. Karsh on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis.
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013Adventure on the high seas. Hunting for planets outside our solar system. Searching through archives for a lost manuscript. These stories and many...
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013This is an invitation to attend the FRS 187: Earth's Environments & Ancient Civilization Student Presentations Program. During the week-long Fall...
Monday, Dec 2, 2013For the 13 freshmen in Freshman Seminar 187: "Earth's Environments and Ancient Civilizations," the starting point was a difficult scavenger hunt....
Monday, Dec 2, 2013In the freshman seminar, "Earth's Environments and Ancient Civilizations," students study how to use global positioning systems (GPS), archaeological...