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Matthew Coble

Title:Research Associate
Primary Affiliation:Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences
Office Location:Green Earth Sci. 095
Research Group:SHRIMP Lab


I manage the SHRIMP-RG ion microprobe facility at Stanford University. My general research interests are focused on developing a more quantitative understanding of how large volume of rhyolite magma form within the crust. I am interested in developing new analytical techniques to better quantify magma petrogenesis using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), including measurements of Ti-in-Quartz, U-Pb and U-Th in Baddeleyite, volatiles in nominally anhydrous minerals.


If you are interested in requesting analytical time on the SHRIMP, please return this form.

To learn more about the Stanford-U.S. Geological Survey SHRIMP-RG facility, see the USGS Factsheet.

Professional Activities

Coble M.A. and Mahood M.A., 2012, Initial impingement of the Yellowstone plume located by widespread silicic volcanism contemporaneous with Columbia River flood basalts, Geology, v. 4, p. 655-658.

Coble M.A., Grove, M., and Calvert, A.T., 2011, Calibration of Nu-Instruments Noblesse multicollector mass spectrometers for argon isotopic measurements using a newly developed reference gas, Chemical Geology, v. 290, p. 75-87.

Sept. 2009: GSA Penrose Conference
Where did silicic volcanism in the Snake River Plain begin? New interpretations from geologic mapping,18-O(qtz) and Ti-in-Quartz temperatures from 6.5-15.5 Ma silicic calderas in northwest Nevada.

Oct. 2008: Caldera Collapse Workshop
New geologic evidence for additional 16.5-15.5 Ma silicic calderas in northwest Nevada related to initial impingement of the Yellowstone hot spot.


  • 2012 | PhD., Geology, Stanford University
  • 2004 | B.S., Geology, Oregon State University

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