Geochronology, Petrology, & Plate Tectonics

In our research group, we study the development of modern and ancient mountain belts and how the continents have changed through time, creating the planet we live on today. To do this, we combine innovative analytical approaches to geochronology with petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, field work, and numerical modeling. 

Student & Postdoc opportunities

If you are interested in joining our group at the University of Michigan, have a look at my research (Research) and publications (Publications) pages. If you are a prospective graduate student, please read the information here too: Application information and Tips for applying. Then contact me! 

Lab News

April 2021: The laser shipment date is set. More soon…

March 2021: The ICP-MS arrived, was successfully installed, and is working great. The laser has been purchased and will arrive in April.

February 2021: Lab renovations are complete and ready for the LA-ICP-MS to be installed. Also, new collaborative paper between UMich and JHU accepted in G-cubed: Brenner, Passey, Holder, & Viete, Clumped-isotope geothermometry and carbonate U-Pb geochronology of the Alta stock metamorphic aureole, Utah, USA: Insights on the kinetics of metamorphism in carbonates.

January 2021: First instrument purchased for the lab! Agilent 7900s quadrupole ICP-MS which will be used for U–Pb petrochronology and trace-element imaging. Scheduled for delivery in late February!

December 2020: Presented a poster on “Metamorphism and the evolution of plate tectonics” at the AGU virtual meeting. Bids for our ICP-MS are in and we are on track to get the lab set up in late winter/early spring! 

November 2020: Our DEI committee hosted a screening of Picture a Scientist for our department, followed by a really great discussion among students, researchers, and faculty. I highly recommend people take the time to watch this film. It is very powerful.

October 2020: Postdoc David Hernández Uribe gave a great talk to our department on metamorphic dehydration in subduction zones. I presented preliminary results on some spectacular granulites from Nevada, at this years virtual GSA conference. 

September 2020: Postdoctoral researcher David Hernández Uribe joins me in Ann Arbor to start his research on blueschist/eclogite metamorphism and exhumation. In addition, our department’s virtual Fall Preview program was a great success! Really excited to see the great grad student applicants that have reached out this year.

July 2020: First grant funded! To investigate the role of heat advection in the formation of an ultrahigh-temperature metamorphic terrane in southern Madagascar.

July 2020: Moved to Ann Arbor! 

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