Author Archives: Thermochronic

Putting the Offense in Defense

Had I only known

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Geochronology Short Course at GSA 2014

As a graduate student in 2005 I was lucky enough to attend a Thermochronology Short Course sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America. It was a 2 day event at Snowbird, a ski resort outside of Salt Lake City, just … Continue reading

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World’s Leading Thermochronology Blog

After years of repeating that term on Apparent Dip, I am proud of the google results when you search for “world’s leading thermochronology blog”  

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This morning I was looking for a post I thought I’d written years ago to help explain the fundamentals of thermochronology. Although I have posts on 40Ar/39Ar and (U-Th)/He thermochronology, turns out I’ve never written a more basic post on the … Continue reading

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Listen up apatite pickers!

He thermochronology involves a lot of time at a microscope and in a wet chemistry lab. These tasks require my attention, but once you get into the swing of things, can be a little dry. To help pass the time I … Continue reading

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John Perry, Lord Kelvin, and radioactive decay

I’ll admit I am behind on Cosmos. I’ve watched some of the originals on Netflix, and plan on binge watching the Neil deGrasse Tyson version soon. Tyson is one of the best ambassadors of science we’ve heard from in a long time, … Continue reading

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The Root of the Problem

Like many nerds I have liked my favorite societies and funding agencies on Facebook. Two of them posted this press release from the NSF today summarizing a study that suggests that students in classes that have activities and interaction do … Continue reading

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For the Love of Field Trips

Years ago I was asked to fill out a survey that dealt with the recruitment and retention of geology majors. Specifically, many schools have introduced environmental science majors which have siphoned off potential geologists**, generally draining students from the more … Continue reading

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The Great M&M Experiment

Teaching about radioactive decay and geochronology has its challenges. I think it is important to include in introductory courses, and I’ve tried a variety of exercises and techniques to try to convey some of the more important aspects. My goals are … Continue reading

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Developing a sense of place

I’ve noticed a few common threads in the books, movies, and songs that I like the most. For whatever reason, I tend to respond to media that describes place well. It wasn’t something that I did on purpose, but something I … Continue reading

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