Professor Marty Grove serves as the Stanford's Co-Director of the joint USGS-Stanford SHRIMP-RG ion microprobe laboratory and oversees all thermochronology laboratories. Grove is leading a new School of Earth Sciences initiative to develop state-of-the-art thermochronology capabilities at Stanford. This includes development of a new, fully automated argon extraction line for our existing MAP216 mass spectrometer and construction of a new extraction line for a Nu Noblesse mass spectrometer that was delivered and commissioned in 2009 for 40Ar/39Ar and (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Grove also leads efforts to develop laser ablation, multicollector, ICP-MS capabilities at Stanford.
Assistant Professor Kate Maher is leading a major School of Earth Sciences initiative to construct a new ICP-MS Laboratory featuring a Nu Plasma 1700 multicollector ICP-MS instrument, a Nu single collector high resolution ICP-MS machine, and a state-of-the-art clean room complex for isotopic, geochemical, and geochronologic applications.
Dr. Joe Wooden serves as Senior Staff Scientist for the joint SHRIMP-RG laboratory and specializes in all aspects of geochronologic, isotopic, and petrologic applications and technique development with this instrument.
Dr. Trevor Dumitru directs the Fission Track Thermochronology Laboratory. This facility specializes in thermochronologic analysis of tectonic, structural, and sedimentary processes within the upper 2-10 km of the Earth's crust, generally in conjuction with (U-Th)/He analyses. He also directs our shared facilities for sample preparation.
Dr. Emily Peterman is working on development of coupled (U-Th)/(Pb-He) chronology for monazite with application to tectonic processes in Death Valley, California, the Western Gneiss Region, Norway, Baja California, and the Sierra Pampeanas, Argentina.
Collaborating Local Geochronology Research Groups
We collaborate with many Stanford research groups and outside scientists.
Professors Elizabeth Miller, Gary Ernst, Gail Mahood, Jessica Warren, and J.G. Liou direct programs in structural geology, tectonics, petrology, and volcanology the frequently involve geochronologic research.
We enjoy close collaborations with Jeremy Hourigan's U-Th-He Laboratory at UC-Santa Cruz.
We enjoy close collaborations with the 40Ar/39Ar Laboratory at the USGS-Menlo Park.