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Non-traditional Isotope Research on Various Advanced Novel Applications

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Maureen Wisch

Congratulations Maureen!

By Tristan Horner | 2020-02-10

Congratulations to Maureen Auro, who today was promoted to Research Associate III!

Paper in press: Barium-isotopic mass balance of subduction zones

By Tristan Horner | 2020-02-05

Study led by Sune Nielsen published in Geochim. et Cosmochim. Acta exploring the ‘ins and outs’ of the Aleutian and Ryukyu Arcs, showing only minor fractionations associated with Ba mobilization from the down-going slab, thus underscoring the utility of Ba isotopes to apportion fluid sources to arc magmas. Full citation: Nielsen, S. G., Shu, Y.,…

Paper in press: Oceanic oxygen dynamics during the Ediacaran

By Tristan Horner | 2020-01-14

Study led by Haifeng Fan published in Geobiol. showing a significant perturbation to marine redox conditions during the Shuram negative C isotope excursion. Full citation: Fan, H., Nielsen, S. G., Owens, J. D., Auro, M., Shu, Y., Hardisty, D. S., Horner, T. J., Bowman, C. N., Young, S. A., & Wen, H. (2020). Constraining oceanic…

Welcome Dani!

By Tristan Horner | 2019-11-17

We’re pleased to welcome Danielle Santiago Ramos, WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar, to the NIRVANA Labs! Dani will be working with Sune Nielsen (G&G) and Frieder Klein (MC&G) on potassium isotope cycling in subduction zones.

Paper in press: Observing oxidation of iodide

By Tristan Horner | 2019-11-09

Study led by Dalton Hardisty published in Chem. Geol. reporting direct evidence of iodide oxidation under marine-analogue conditions, made possible by the development of a novel, high-sensitivity MC-ICP-MS method. Full citation: Hardisty, D. S., Horner, T. J., Wankel, S. D., Blusztajn, J., & Nielsen, S. G. (2020). Experimental observations of marine iodide oxidation using a…

Ann Dunlea

Congratulations Ann!

By Tristan Horner | 2019-11-01

Congratulations to Ann Dunlea, who today starts her new position as Assistant Scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

NIRVANA in Arizona

By Tristan Horner | 2019-09-22

Logan Tegler is at the  2019 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Phoenix presenting her research exploring primary productivity before the Great Oxidation Event.

Congratulations Liz!

By Tristan Horner | 2019-09-15

Congratulations to Liz King, who today starts her new position as Program Manager for Environmental Chemistry at the Army Research Office.

Welcome Iulia!

By Tristan Horner | 2019-09-01

We’re pleased to welcome Iulia-Madalina Streanga, MIT–WHOI Joint Program Student, to the NIRVANA Labs!


Paper in press: Barium in bamboo corals

By Tristan Horner | 2019-08-21

Study co-led by Ben Geyman and Jamie Ptacek published in Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. assessing the utility of deep-sea bamboo corals from the northeast Pacific to record ambient barium-isotopic chemistry. Full citation: Geyman, B. M., Ptacek, J. L., LaVigne, M., & Horner, T. J. (2019). Barium in deep-sea bamboo corals: Phase associations, barium stable isotopes,…