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Current Students

Vince IsaksonVince Isakson

Vince Isakson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geosciences and a research assistant in the IGL. Vince’s dissertation work includes the application of tandem in situ LA-ICPMS U-Pb and trace element analysis, and high precision CA-TIMS U-Pb zircon geochronology, to: a) develop a high-resolution chronostratigraphic framework for Neoproterozoic glaciogenic sequences of the North American Cordillera, and b) explore the geochemical signatures of zircon from diverse igneous and metamorphic environments, and their application to understanding petrogenesis and provenance.

Claire OstwaldClaire Ostwald

Claire Ostwald is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geosciences and a research assistant in the IGL. Claire’s research interests lie in fields of isotope geochemistry and high-precision geochronology, particular for enhancing our understanding of orogenic processes. Her dissertation work will include foundational studies in the application of tandem in situ LA-ICPMS U-Pb and trace element analysis and high precision CA-TIMS U-Pb zircon geochronology.

mohr_smallMichael Mohr

Michael Mohr is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geosciences and a research assistant in the IGL. Mike’s dissertation work includes the application of tandem in situ LA-ICPMS trace element analysis and high precision ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology to to unravel compositional and thermal histories of silicic magmas. He is particularly interested in exploring unconventional accessory minerals like chevkinite and titanite, and the potential for Th-Pb dating of these minerals in Quaternary rhyolites.

Amanda LaibAmanda Laib

Amanda Laib recently defended her M.S. Geology thesis in the Department of Geosciences. Amanda studied the geochemistry, thermodynamics and evolution of high silica magmatic systems including the Miocene Rattlesnake Tuff and the Oligocene Picture Gorge Ignimbrite of central Oregon, via zircon chemistry and geochronology.

Joshua EkhoffJoshua Ekhoff

Joshua Ekhoff recently defended his M.S. Geology thesis in the Department of Geosciences, presenting a combination of field mapping, structural analysis, soil sampling, geophysics and geochronology to establish the character of ore mineralization in Cretaceous-Tertiary basement rocks near Horseshoe Bend, ID.

Melissa HillMelissa Hill

Melissa Hill is a M.S. Geology student in the Department of Geosciences, using zircon cathodoluminesence imaging, LA-ICPMS U-Pb geochronology and trace element analysis, Ti-in-zircon thermometry, and CA-TIMS U-Pb geochronology to establish the origins of the crystal load in voluminous high-temperature rhyolites from the Mount Bennett Hills of the Central Snake River Plain.