M.S., Tectonics/Geochronology, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, 2021
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2026
The aim of my research is to improve established methods and develop new methods to extract thermal history information using the (U-Th)/He decay system in zircon. An initial project will produce new mineral standards to overcome analytical shortcomings in the currently used laser ablation (U-Th)/He protocol. This will lay the groundwork for further investigating fundamental basics such as the diffusion behavior of helium in zircon. With a better understanding of the diffusion mechanisms of He in zircon, we then hope to develop a method for the recovery of thermal histories by laser depth profiling. The ultimate goal of my research is to improve the precision of low-temperature thermal information to better constrain tectonic processes such as exhumation.