Blair Schoene - About Me
January 14 2016: Schoene is promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure!
December 28 2015: Bring in the new year with our EOS piece that summarizes the findings of an NSF sponsored inquiry into the state of geochronology in the US, published in full last February (see news below).
July 2015: Tired of that old Taxi Driver poster on your wall left over from your freshman dorm room? Why not upgrade to this poster, which outlines the traceability of U-Pb geochronology to SI units. It is related to our recent papers published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (Condon et al., and McLean et al., found on publication page)
July 2015: I've recently joined the editorial staff at Science Advances, a new journal put out by AAAS, the publishers of Science. Submit your best work here!
February 25 2015: I've been part of an NSF funded team charged with the task of putting together a report characterizing the status of geochronology in the US with a vision to the future. It's done, and you can download it here
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:
Write up in Science
Opinion piece in the New York Times
News story in the Washington Post
Another story in Science News
Article in Live Science
MIT news office press release
Wall Street Journal: India
summary in Decoded Science
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
RedOrbit.com: click here
ScienceDaily: click here
Futurity: click here
And many more!
April 2012: See 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 run 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 focus on high-precision U-Pb geo- and thermochronology, Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotope tracing, and may eventually dive into U-series tracing and dating. We apply these techniques to high-precision geochronology of magmatic systems with the goal of understanding how continental crust is made, to dating ash beds for the purposes of understanding the interaction between the solid earth, the ocean-atmosphere system, and the evolution of life, and for using radiogenic isotopes as tracers for carbonates and silicate phases.