Dr. Farmer's research interests lie in the application of radiogenic isotope systematics to igneous petrogenesis, sedimentology, geochronology, environmental geology, crustal tectonics and in material science as applied to thermal ionization mass spectrometry.
radiogenic isotope geochemistry, igneous petrogenesis, ion sources, tectonics, glaciology, Precambrian geology, database development, paleohydrology, water quality
GEOL 5001 - Physics and Chemistry of the Solid Earth
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Reviews the physical and chemical characteristics of the solid earth, from the core to the crust, and the processes that govern behavior through the earth. Lectures are supplemented with readings from the recent literature. Topics include convection, phase transitions, melt generation, forces of plate tectonics, origin of continents and lithosphere, continental tectonics, and earthquakes. Recommended requisite: a course in basic chemistry and a course in physics.