Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Daniel Stockli

Daniel  Stockli
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
Chevron Centennial Professorship in Geology

Work: +1 512 475 6037
Office: JGB
Mailcode: C9000

My research focuses on (1) the integrated application of thermochronology and geochronology to tectonic and geological problems to better understand the temporal and thermal aspects of tectonic, petrologic, stratigraphic, and geomorphologic processes. In particular, I am interested in combining structural geology with low-temperature thermochronology to elucidate the spatial and temporal distribution of deformation in intra-continental rifting, orogen-parallel extension, and continental rupture leading to seafloor spreading as well as collisional tectonics (e.g., coupling of fold-and-thrust sheet and foreland basin dynamics). (2) Geo- and Thermochronometry technique development, calibration, and bench marking, with special emphasis on development of new thermochronmeters (e.g., monazite, rutile, and magnetite) and novel applications (e.g., geoarcheology, isotopic provenance, etc.)

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Areas of Expertise

Thermo-/Geochronology, Tectonics and Structural Geology, Isotopic Provenance Analysis, Archeometry, Geothermal Exploration, and Thermal Maturation

Current Research Programs & Projects

2010 - Apache Egypt. Thermochronometric Investigation of the Thermal History and Maturation of Paleozoic strata of the Western Desert, Egypt. $149,972.

2010 - NSF Tectonics. Collaborative Research: Timing, extent, and spatial progression of Neogene displacement transfer, southern Walker Lane, western Great Basin. $193,313.

2010 - DOE Geothermal Technologies Program. Detachment faulting and Geothermal Resources - An Innovative Integrated Geological and Geophysical Investigation of Pearl Hot Spring, Nevada. $4,242,519 (including $1,943,282 in external industry cost-share).

2010 - DOD Geothermal Program Office. Geological investigations, eastern Lava Mountains, Almond Mountain, and southern Slate Range, NAWS China Lake, CA. $780,000 (phase I and II). . (co-PI with J.D. Walker as lead PI)

2008 - NSF Tectonics. Collaborative Research: Development of extensional systems in regions of hot, thick crust: Insight from Tibet. $154,019 (co-PI with M. Taylor)

2008 - NSF Petrology and Geochemistry. Magnetite (U-Th-Sm)/He Geochronology - A Novel Technique for Dating Continental and Oceanic Basalts. $200,036.

2003 - NSF Tectonics. Timing and Kinematics of Cenozoic of E-W Extension in central Tibet Important Transition in the Strain Field of the Tibetan Plateau. $229,909.

2011 - DOE Geothermal Technologies Program. Novel Coupled Thermochronometric and Geochemical Investigation of Blind Geothermal Resources in Fault- Controlled Dilational Corners, Dixie Valley, Nevada. $850,000.

Select Past Research

2010 - Ecopetrol-ICP Contract: Low-temperature thermochronological and neotectonic constraints from the Middle Magdalena Valley, Llanos basin, and Eastern Cordillera of Colombia (Phase 3). $616,635.

2009 - Remora Oil Contract. Detrital (U-Th)/He thermochronometry of the Llanos foreland basin, Colombia. $98,000.

2009 - NSF Instrumentation and Facilities. Upgrade of the Laser Heating System for the (U-Th)/He laboratory at the University of Kansas. $76,500.

2008 - Ecopetrol-ICP Contract: Low-temperature thermochronological and neotectonic constraints from the Middle Magdalena Valley, Llanos basin, and Eastern Cordillera of Colombia (Phase 2). $817,000.

2009 - Ecopetrol Contract: Low-temperature thermochronological and neotectonic constraints from the Middle Magdalena Valley, Llanos basin, and Eastern Cordillera of Colombia (Phase 1). $110,000.

2008 - Hocol S.A. Contract: Servico en analysis de thermochronologi de baja temperature (U-Th/He en la Cordillera Oriental (Low-Temperature (U-Th)/He Thermochronometric Analyses in Eastern Cordillera, Colombia). $50,000.

2008 - National Geographic Society. Dating Zircon Survivors in Multi-cycle Arc Volcanoes: a new Tool for Predicting Long-term Magmatic Periodicity? Co-PI with Axel Schmitt (UCLA), $17,400.

2007 - Navy Geothermal Program. Thermochronometric Constraints on the Connection between Advection of Heat through Faulting and Nature of Geothermal Resource for the Hawthorne/Wassuk Range area, Nevada, $134,000.

2006 - Apache Egypt Oil Contract. Thermochronometric Investigation of the SOKAR-1X Unconformity. $69,523.

2005 - NSF Petrology and Geochemistry. Development and calibration of rutile (U-Th)/He geo-and thermochronometry. $ 174,122.

2005 - NSF Instrumentation and Facilities. Technician Support: (U-Th)/He laboratory at the University of Kansas [Phase I]. $203,374.

2005 - KU General Research Fund Grant. Timing of ancient earthquakes by radiometric dating of frictional seismic melts - Development of zircon (U-Th)/He dating of pseudotachylites. $7,588.

2004 - NSF Tectonics. Collaborative Research: Collaborative Research: Exhumation of the Colorado Plateau--spatial and temporal distribution and implications for landscape evolution. $118,818.

2003 - NSF MARGINS. Collaborative Research: Integrated thermochronological & structural investigation of the Saudi Arabian Red Sea rift margin: Implications for the rupturing of continental lithosphere. $189,287.

2003 - NSF MARGINS. Collaborative Research: Integrated thermochronological & structural investigation of the Saudi Arabian Red Sea rift margin: Implications for the rupturing of continental lithosphere. $189,287.

2002 - NSF Tectonics. Collaborative Research: Late Cenozoic to Recent Fault Slip Distribution in the Central Walker Lane Belt, Western Nevada. Award Amount: $162,961.

JSG Oustanding Researcher Award 2018 - University of Texas at Austin (2018)

GSA Fellow - Geological Society of America (2016)

Science Performance Award (Full Professor Level) - UT Dept. of Geological Sciences (2015)

Science Performance Award (Full Professor Level) - UT Dept. of Geological Sciences (2014)

Chevron (Gulf) Centennial Endowed Professorship - Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin (2014)

J. and M. Van Sant Geology Excellence Award - University of Kansas (2006)

Caltech Texaco Philanthropic Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship - Caltech (1999 - 2001)

UC White Mountains Research Station Fellowship - University of California (1996 - 1999)

Outstanding master's thesis award - ETHZ (1995)

Swiss Presidential Silver Medal - President of Switzerland (1995)

Stanford University Graduate Fellowship - Stanford University (1995)

NSF Margins initiative steering committee, Margins steering committee, NSF, Washington DC (2008 - 2010)

Herbette Visiting Professor Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland, Sabbatical, Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland (2007)

Organizer and Convener, GeoEarthScope-MARGINS interface workshop, GeoEarthScope Meeting Monterey, California (2007)

Associate Professor (thermochronology/tectonics), Dept of Geology, University of Kansas (2006 - 2011)

Advisory committee, ISES (Integrated Solid Earth Sciences) initiative, GSA/AGU (2006)

Organizer, EarthScope GeoSwath Walker Lane EarthScope, Reno, Nevada (2006)

Honorary Research Associate, Dept of Geological Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (2005 - 2011)

Organizer and Convener, GSA Penrose Conference, Kinematics and geodynamics of intra-plate dextral shear in eastern California and western Nevada. Mammoth Lakes, California (2005)

Co-Director of IGL, Isotope Geochemistry Laboratories, University of Kansas (2003 - 2011)

Invited Panelist and Forum Leader, Integrated Solid Earth Sciences workshop, GSA/AGU (2003)

Integrated Solid Earth Sciences Member, pearheading database development for Geochronology and Thermochronology, Cyberinfrastructure workshop at the University of Kansas (2003 - 2011)

Assistant professor (thermochronology/tectonics), Dept of Geology, University of Kansas (2001 - 2006)

Editor, On Track, International fission-track newsletter, Stanford University (1996 - 1997)

Teaching and research assistant, Dept of Geol and Environ Sciences, Stanford University (1995 - 1999)

Teaching and laboratory assistant, Institute of Geology, ETH Zurich (1993 - 1995)


Owen A Anfinson
Specializes in the use of heavy mineral geochronology and thermochronology to understand the geologic evolution of sedimentary basins and their source regions. Past Research Topics Include: Ph.D.- New Insights into Arctic Tectonics: U-Pb, (U-Th)/He, and Hf Isotopic data from the Franklinian Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands; M.S.- Sediment Sources for Catastrophic Glacial Outburst Flood Rhythmites and Quaternary Eolian Deposits at...

Andrew J Smye
I am an Earth Scientist who seeks to understand the processes that drive crustal evolution and its interaction with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Central to this aim is the integration of data-sets collected over a wide range of length-scales, from kilometers in the field to nanometers in the laboratory. To date, my research has been focused on: 1....

Elizabeth J Cassel
The interactions between tectonics, climate, and erosion; Earth surface processes; tectonic geomorphology; stable isotope geochemistry and its applications to paleo-elevation, -climate, and -hydrology; fluvial and alluvial depositional environments; sediment provenance and drainage evolution through detrital mineral geochronology; sedimentology and stratigraphy; major, trace element, rare earth element, and stable isotope compositions of volcanic glass; Laramide tectonics and drainage system responses.

Jeffrey H Marsh

Federico Galster
Tectonic; Geochronology, Stratigraphy, Biochronology

Charles Verdel, 2010 - 2011
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Badr Ghorbal, 2009 - 2011
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Joe Andrew, 2009
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Stephanie Brichau, 2004 - 2006
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Graduate Students

Eirini M Poulaki , Ph.D., expected 2022 (Supervisor)
My research is focused on understanding the evolution of Mediterranean-style subduction zones with constraints from exhumed subduction complexes at the Betic Cordillera (Southern Spain) and Sikinos and Ios islands (Cyclades, Greece). My approach is to integrate a suite of geochronologic and geochemical analyses on zircon, apatite, and rutile, including U-Pb and trace elements split-stream analyses as well as 2D elemental...

Catherine Ross , Ph.D., expected 2022 (Co-supervisor)
I study punctuated events in Earth's history using field observations, geo/thermochronology, microstructural analysis, and geochemistry. I am broadly interested in how deformation and sedimentation on the seconds to days timescales are expressed in the rock record. My first project involves [bold]dating the Chicxulub target rock[/bold], which is important to advancing the understanding of ejecta and environmental processes. The YucatÓn basement...

Evelin G Gutierrez , Ph.D., expected 2022 (Supervisor)
My Master's thesis involves stratigraphy, geochronology, and provenance analysis of the basin-fill deposited during orogenesis, as well as seismic structural analyses. My thesis presents 1,500 new detrital zircon U-Pb ages from Upper Cretaceous and Cenozoic clastic formations to provide maximum depositional ages and a comprehensive provenance analysis for key stratigraphic units that span critical timeframes during orogenesis in the Ecuadorian...

Megan E Flansburg , Ph.D., expected 2022 (Supervisor)
My primary research interests lie in structural geology, high-temperature thermochronology, and geochemistry and how these three realms of geoscience help build holistic tectonic histories at scales from microscopic relationships up to tectonic plates and paleogeography. My Ph.D. research (supervisor: D. Stockli) is focused on differentiating ductile fabrics of similar kinematics, direction, and metamorphic grade with the use of structurally-integrated (micro-...

Clara J. Brennan , M.S., expected 2019 (Supervisor)
My research focuses on the systematic exploration of single grain 4He/3He thermochronometry in order to recover continuous thermal histories of samples from crustal sections located in the Wassuk Range of western Nevada and the KTB borehole in Germany.

Emily Cooperdock , Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)
Research Interests: Method development for (U-Th)/He analysis; Fe-oxide (U-Th)/He dating; X-Ray Computed Tomography application to geologic samples; timing of serpentinization in tectonic processes; trace element cycling during serpentinization; magnetite formation; U and Th partitioning during metamorphism

Stephanie Wafforn , Ph.D., expected 2017 (Co-supervisor)

Adam S Goldsmith , Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)
Understanding the role of radiation damage on helium diffusion kinetics in zircon through the characterization of alpha-radiation damage by Raman spectroscopy a la Nasdala, et al 1995,2001,2004.

Michael G Prior , Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)
My current research focuses on brittle deformation within the lower plate of metamorphic core complexes. I am using a combination of structural analysis and apatite (U-Th)/He dating to determine the fault-slip history along low-angle normal faults (LANFs). The Bullfrog Hills and Bare Mountain in westernmost Nevada expose several LANF splays that have exhumed Proterozoic to Devonian rocks during southern Walker...

Edgardo J Pujols , Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)
My main expertise and research centers on quantifying the temporal aspects and interplay between hinterland deformation and basin evolution. For the past years (both my M.S. and Ph.D. thesis research), my studies have focus on the intricate dynamic processes linking basin evolution and large-scale tectonics combining conventional field techniques and extensive laboratory work. My M.S. research at the University of...

Spencer M Seman , Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)

Alison Macnamee , M.S., expected 2015 (Supervisor)
My research focuses on the evolution of geothermal systems, extensional tectonics, and integrated applications of thermochronometry. I study the relationship between geothermal fluid flow and the structural settings that host these systems. In doing so I employ a range of thermochronometers including apatite and zircon (U-Th)/He and 4He/3He techniques to elucidate the thermal and tectonic evolution of extensional...

Daniel R Arnost , M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

Nicole Hart , M.S., expected 2014 (Supervisor)
Modern thermochronometric dating techniques have become increasingly powerful tools with a diverse range of applications in quantifying tectonic and sedimentary processes at rifted continental margins. While detrital zircon U-Pb is commonly used in detrital provenance studies, zircon (U-Th)/He (ZHe) dating has been shown to be a complimentary tool that not only constrains sediment provenance, but also the exhumation history of...


Douglas Barber (Supervisor)

Nikki M Seymour (Supervisor)
I am a structural field geologist with a particular interest in large-scale tectonics. My research uses geo- and thermochronology to understand the thermal structure and temporal evolution of rifting at magma-poor margins to answer an unresolved question in plate tectonics -- How do you break a continent?

Alissa J Kotowski (Co-supervisor)
I'm pursuing my Ph.D. at the Jackson School of Geosciences, working with Whitney Behr and Danny Stockli. I graduated from Boston College in 2014, where my undergraduate research background focused on Earthquake Migration along the North Anatolian and Alpine Faults with links to regional tectonics and structure. My broad interests encompass tectonic processes, structural geology and metamorphic petrology. My...

Margaret Odlum (Supervisor)
My research focuses on tectonic inversion in the Pyrenees mountains of Spain and France. I am using multi-mineral geo- and thermochronology to study the rift and inversion evolution in the eastern Pyrenees and how inherited rift architecture controlled the early orogenic structural style and incipient foreland basin evolution and sediment routing systems.

Kelly D Thomson (Supervisor)

Cody L Colleps (Supervisor)

Murat Tamer (Committee Member)

Cullen D Kortyna (Co-supervisor)
I am interested in the routing of sediment from its erosional source to depositional sink. To investigate this, I use a combination of geo/thermochronologic and sedimentological/stratigraphic methods. Source-to-sink studies are important as a method for understanding landscape evolution, and investigating tectonic and climatic controls on sediment transport and delivery from source to basin.

Adam D Marsh (Committee Member)
Contextualizing the evolution of early saurischian dinosaurs using U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of the Glen Canyon Group in western North America

Daniel Ruiz Arriaga (Supervisor)

Tim Shin, 2014 (Supervisor)
University of Texas at Austin

Michael Cloos, 2014 (Co-supervisor)
University of Texas at Austin

Joshua Burrus, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)
University of Texas at Austin

Eugene Szemanski, Ph.D., 2012 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Structural and sedimentological evolution of the Wadi Al-Hamd half-graben, Medina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Jeff Schroeder, Ph.D., 2012 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Geological and Neotectonic Strain Transfer in Northern Fish Lake Valley, Nevada".

Jordan Taylor, M.S., 2012 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Magnetite (U-Th-[Sm])/He geochronology of Colombia River Basalts."

Evan Bargnesi, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Thermochronometric constraints on detrital provenance and source thermal evolution from a supra-detachment basin in Paros, Greece".

Kyle Gorynski, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Thermochronometric Constraints on the Longevity of a Geothermal System in an Extensional Tectonic Setting".

Sarah Evans, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Tectonic evolution of a Tethyan rift marin and ocean-continent transition in the Eastern Alps - An integrated magnetite and zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronometric approach".

Kurt Sundell, M.S., 2011 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Thermochronology of the Lunggar active metamorphic core complex, Tibet".

Chris Hager, M.S., 2010 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Structural Geology and Neotectonics of the Xianza Rift, Central Tibet".

Joe Miller, M.S., 2010 (Supervisor)
University of Kansas

Melissa Wolfe, M.S., 2009 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "He Diffusion in Rutile and Calibration of Rutile (U-Th)/He Thermochronology on the KTB Ultra-Deep Borehole".

Markella Hoffman, M.S., 2009 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Incision and exhumation history of the Colorado Plateau in the Canyonlands to Book Cliffs Region, Utah".

Travis Glauser, M.S., 2009 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Thermochronometric investigation of multiple unconformities and post-depositional thermal history of a fault block in the northern Western Desert, Egypt".

John Lee, M.S., 2007 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Thermochronometric constraints on the incision history of the Grand Canyon from borehole and surface samples".

Terrence Blackburn, M.S., 2006 (Supervisor)
Thesis: " (U-Th)/He Dating of Xenoliths from Kimberlites and basaltic volcanic fields".

David Bradley, M.S., 2005 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Kinematics and slip rates of the Coaldale Fault, Nevada".

Christopher Tincher, M.S., 2005 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Cenozoic Volcanism and Tectonics in the Queen Valley Area, western Nevada".

Juan Pablo Centeno, M.S., 2004 (Supervisor)
Thesis: "Exhumation of the Torngat Mountains, northern Labrador, Canada".

Caleb Rhatigan (Supervisor)

Undergraduate Students

Terrence Blackburn (2004). Senior Thesis: "Timing and origin of Kansas kimberlites".
Nathan Winters (2004). Senior Thesis: "Basalt geochemistry of the Volcanic Hills area, Esmeralda County, Nevada".
Kelly Wooten (2004). Senior Thesis: "Mesozoic magmatism and deformation in the northern White Mountains, CA and NV".
James Lyons (2004). Senior Thesis: "Petrography and geochronology of lamprolites in Woodsen County, Kansas".
Jack Desmond (2005). Senior Thesis: "Gravity and basin geometry of Queen Valley, California and Nevada".
Mark Hadley (2005). Senior Thesis: "Gravity and basin geometry of Queen Valley, California and Nevada".
Adam Kueker (2005). Senior Thesis: "Volcanic stratigraphy of Pliocene ash-flow tuffs in northern Fish Lake Valley, Nevada".
Randy Ackerman (2006). Senior Thesis: "Zircon and titanite (U-Th)/He geochronology of Oligocene ash flow tuffs in northern Fish Lake Valley".
Alec Waggoner (2007). Senior Thesis: "Monazite, xenotime, and allanite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry - a case study from the NQTL core complex, Tibet".
Spencer Seaman (2009). Senior Thesis: " (U-Th)/He dating of conodonts - A case study from in the Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria".
Josef Miller (2009). Senior Thesis: "Zircon (U-Th)/He dating of impact melts and suevites from the Manson impact, Iowa".
Adam Goldsmith (2009). Senior Thesis: " (U-Th)/He dating and He diffusion of emerald from the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia".
Jonelle Truit (2009/10). Senior Thesis: "Thermochronometric constraints of contact heating by a basalt flow".

2020Spring GEO 391 Geochronology
2020Spring GEO 381K Tectonic Problems
2019Fall GEO 339T Continental Tectonics
2019Summer GEO f660B Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2019Spring GEO 391 Thermochronology
2019Spring GEO 381K Tectonic Problems
2019Spring GEO 420K Intro To Field/Strat Meths
2018Summer GEO f660B Field Geo-Tx/Nm/Co/Wy/Mt/Id/Ut
2018Spring GEO 420K Intro To Field/Strat Meths
2018Spring GEO 381K Tectonic Problems
2018Spring GEO 391 Geochronology
2018Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 391 Thermochronology
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 339T Continental Tectonics
2016Fall GEO 303 Introduction To Geology
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Structural Geology
2016Spring GEO 391 Geochronology
2016Spring GEO 381K Tectonic Problems
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Fall GEO 391 Sedimntry Source-To-Sink Dynmc
2015Fall GEO 386G Gis & Gps Applics In Earth Sci
2015Fall GEO 339T Continental Tectonics
2015Spring GEO 391 Advanced Field Methods
2015Spring GEO 391 Geochronology
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Structural Geology
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Structural Geology
2014Fall GEO 391 Thermochronology
2014Fall GEO 339T Continental Tectonics
2014Spring GEO 391 Geochronology
2014Spring GEO 391 Advanced Field Methods
2014Spring GEO 381K Tectonic Problems

Innovative Detrital Provenance Studies - Double Dating PLUS (Graduate)
A major thrust of my current research the development and application of more comprehensive isotopic detrital provenance tools. U-Pb on zircon is clearly the big work horse, but only goes so far and sometimes yields "no" useful info, e.g., if the source of the sediment is mostly recycled sediment. We have extensively pursued double dating of zircons by U-Pb and He, as zircon He ages yield very interesting insights into the thermal and tectonic history of the source terrane; often yielding very different insights than crystallization ages. The combination is powerful, but I think we can take things so much farther by combining double dating with other constrains. People have tried fission track (not precise enough), Hf/Hf (to get mantle separation model ages), etc., but what we want to do and are working on is really Double Dating ++, combining zircon U-Pb-He dating with a variety of other geochemical aspects to more comprehensive understand detrital provenance and improve paleo-tectonic reconstructions. For example, trace-element thermometry (Ti in zirc), REE on zircon (met vs mag origin), Hf/Hf (see above), oxygen isotopes, etc. and also to develop rutile in an analogous manner (e.g., Zr in rut thermometry, Cr/Nb ratio (mafic vs granulitic), REE, etc.). The sky is the limit and what can learn so much. The issue in part it, how much can a single grain tell us before it's gone? The project sounds very laboratory oriented, but it's really a combination of field and lab work. We have identified a few possible case study areas, e.g., Morocco; great exposures, long-lived and preserved record of basin deposition since the Precambrian. My group is already working on some case studies in NW Himalayas, the N & S Pyrenees, the Sevier FTB, Permian Basin and other foreland basin. New projects include provenance studies along rifted and passive continental margins such the Gulf of Mexico, the central Atlantic Margins in Canada, USA, Portugal, and Morocco.


Laser ablation (U-Th)/He and 4He/3He dating of zircon and apatite (Graduate)
Seeking motivated Ph.D. students interested in noble gas geo-thermochronology and geochemistry to pursue project in method development and application of laser ablation (U-Th)/He dating and depth profile 4He/3He thermochronometry of zircon and apatite. Our laboratory has a dedicated noble gas extraction line with a SFT magnetic sector noble gas mass spectrometer and dedicated Excimer Laser. The lab also houses two Element2 magnetic sector single collector ICP-MS instruments with a second Excimer laser as well as a state-of-the-art Bruker optical interferometric microscope. The project will develop laser ablation methodology to recover detailed thermal histories from apatite and zircon by laser ablation (U-Th)/He and 4He/3He dating as well as comparison to step-heating fractional loss experiments.


LA-ICP-MS single-pule U-Pb depth profiling recovery of thermal histories (Graduate)
Seeking motivated Ph.D. students interested in in-situ geochronology to pursue project in method development and application of laser ablation continuous mode or single-pulse U-Pb LA-ICP-MS geo-thermochronology as well as trace element speedometry to constrain thermal history or lower and middle crustal rocks. The UTChron Geo- and Thermochronometry laboratory houses two Element2 magnetic sector single collector ICP-MS instruments with a large-volume cell Excimer laser system, ideally suited for depth profiling and U-Pb and trace element split stream analysis. The laboratory also houses a Bruker optical interferometric microscope to control laser ablation rates as well as a Raman system. The focus of applications is on method development and application to the exhumation of middle and lower crustal rocks in rifted margin settings.