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Mark Schmitz

Professor & Director, Isotope Geology Laboratory

  • Ph.D. | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • M.S.  | University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1995
  • B.S.  | Macalester College, 1994


Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology Applied to Petrology, Tectonics, Stratigraphy and Paleoclimate



  • GEOS 200 Evolution of Western North America,
  • GEOS 330 Quaternary Geochronology (w/ David Wilkins)
  • GEOS 425/525 Whole Earth Geochemistry
  • GEOS 638 Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology
  • GEOS 645 Physics and Chemistry of Mountain-Building

Student Opportunities

A variety of research projects in regional tectonics, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and isotope biogeochronology, with an emphasis on contraining the timing and rates of geologic processes through high-precision geochronology

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Contact Information

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Office: ERB 5155
Phone: 208-426-5907
Fax: 208-426-4061