Field, laboratory skills, and others

We are fans of isotopes and biomarkers. My group mainly uses the Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA) and biomarker proxies to tackle a wide range of earth science questions. Our goal is to combine the isotopes and biomarkers to understand the Earth System and life under extreme conditions.

I have other skills in: (1) basin analysis, (2) U-Th/He thermochronology (apatite & zircon), (3) zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotope analysis, (4) Ar/Ar thermochronology, and (5) carbonate stable oxygen and carbon isotope analysis. I am keen to share all with my students.

FIELD SKILLS: research starts from learning rocks.

LABORATORY SKILLS: put your hands on instruments; everyone will get training and will become an expert of trouble-shooting…

Preparation labs: clean, organized, spacious place and welcoming environment…

Soxhlet extraction facilities hold in an 8′-wide fume hood, oven, bench top work space, ……
Gas cylinders, liquid nitrogen dewars sustaining the evaporation system, 3′-wide hume hood, GC-FID, ……

COMPUTER SKILLS: I encourage students to have a component of data science, numerical modeling, or image processing in their project.

PREVIOUS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (Hourigan Geochronology laboratory

I have worked in the following laboratories:
Andy Carter‘s lab at UCL Geochronology Center in London,
Ian Millar‘s Geochemistry and Geochronology Laboratories at British Geological Survey at Nottingham,
Jan Wijbran‘s Argon Geochronology Laboratory at VU University at Amsterdam (The Netherlands),
Geochemistry Laboratory at UJF in Grenoble of France (I was hosted by Dr. Stéphane Guillot & Dr. Catherine Chauvel).
CRPG-CNRS in Nancy of France.
Following are the links to these nice laboratories and institutes.


FUN TIME: encounting fossils