Gottlieb is a 3rd year PhD student working in structural geology and tectonics and is the 28th Stanford-USGS Fellow.
Eric Gottlieb has been looking at how magmatism and deformation are associated with the development of extensional provinces in continental crust, based on fieldwork carried out along the Arctic coast of the Russian Far East and in the Basin and Range Province of the western United States. A keystone of his experience at Stanford has been his multi-year role as the graduate student research assistant in the Stanford-USGS SHRIMP-RG laboratory, in which he has learned to independently configure and operate the instrument to investigate inheritance-rich granitic samples from his field areas. In both the Arctic and Basin and Range, a core focus of his approach is on the identification and characterization of deep crust xenoliths that provide geochronologic and geochemical records of the regions from which they were sourced. A significant broader impact of this work is that it presents a widely applicable and relatively inexpensive methodology for carrying out regional-scale investigations of inaccessible portions of the Earth’s crust, and thus has the potential to offer new data with which to test tectonic models in settings where first-order questions are presently unresolved.
The Stanford-USGS Fellowship was established by Stanford School of Earth Sciences alumni and friends to support extraordinary graduate students and foster collaborative research between Stanford University and the U.S. Geological Survey.