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Blair Schoene - About Me


December 11 2014: Check out the news stories related to our new paper on geochronology of the Deccan traps and the relationship to the dino-die-off:

Princeton press release

Write up in Science

News story in the Washington Post

Another story in Science News

Article in Live Science coverage

MIT news office press release

Wall Street Journal: India

NFL News!!

summary in Decoded Science

And many many more (with variable degrees of accuracy):  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] 

November 2014: Check out the youtube channel featuring all the keynote talks for the recent Pardee symposium at GSA in Vancouver in October, featuring a talk by yours truly on the geochronology of mass extinction events.  Click here

September 2014: Congrats to group member Jon Husson for defending his PhD!!

January 2014: Read the news blurb on our recent trip to the Deccan traps in India.

March 2013:  Schoene announced winner of the F.W. Clarke award by the Geochemical society!

May 24th 2012:  See the press associated with the recent paper by Brenhin Keller and myself released today in Nature: 

Princeton University press release: click here

Nature News and Views by Bill White:  click here

National Geographic: click here  click here

ScienceDaily: click here

Futurity: click here

And many more!

April 2012See article in Geosciences news about the completion of the radiogenic isotopes lab!  After a long haul, the lab is now running smoothly and we're measuring U-Pb zircon analyses with sub-picogram blanks.  Stay tuned for a full length article in the next addition of the Geosciences newsletter, The Smilodon.

Short bio for Blair Schoene

I started as assistant professor in Geosciences at Princeton in the fall of 2009. This was following a 3-year post-doc in Geneva, Switzerland, where I was working in Urs Schaltegger's istope geochemistry lab, studying the rates and causes of the end-Triassic mass extinction event. This involved U-Pb zircon geochronology, which I also applied to understanding magmatic processes in the Eocene Adamello batholith, in northern Italy. I defended my Ph.D in the department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT in 2006, where I worked with Sam Bowring on applying structural geology, geochemistry, numerical modeling and geo- and thermochronology towards understanding Mesoarchean craton construction and stabilization. I got a B.A. in geology from the Colorado College in 1999, where I also spent some time teaching in 1999-2000 and 2006.

My interest in the Earth Sciences began as a love for the outdoors, usually manifested as some form of extreme or not-so-extreme sport. Later I learned to make observations from the microscopic to global scale to learn about the past and current evolution of our planet. Radiogenic isotope geology is crucial in calibrating the absolute rates of these processes and to seamlessly piece together the sequence of Earth history. I have recently designed and overseen the construction of a radiogenic isotope geology lab on the second floor of Guyot Hall, which hosts world-class mineral characterization and clean room facilities and a IsotopX PhoeniX62 Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer. We will be focusing initially on high-precision U-Pb geo- and thermochronology, Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotope tracing, and eventually U-series tracing and dating. The lab is now completely operational and we've begun measuring sub-picogram Pb samples from a variety of geologic environments.  Please stay tuned as we get ramped up!