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Flowers, Rebecca M Associate Professor

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Research

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  • I use thermochronology, geochronology, and geologic observations to address problems in continental tectonics and mantle dynamics, with particular focus on understanding the coupling of deeper Earth and surface processes over extended (10s-100s Ma) timescales. I also direct a (U-Th)/He geochronology lab, containing an Alphachron He extraction line and Agilent 7900 quadrupole ICPMS, in which we emphasize the development and refinement of both conventional (e.g., apatite, zircon) and novel (e.g., conodonts, perovskite, garnet) He thermochronometers. My group especially seeks creative, collaborative applications of (U-Th)/He data to problems in fields in which the technique has not typically been utilized (e.g., to constrain lunar impact histories, calibrate mantle dynamic models, date kimberlite emplacement). Our goal is to consistently remain open-minded to new ways of thinking about the significance of our results.

keywords

  • Thermochronology, geochronology, tectonics, geologic time

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Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOL 2005 Introduction to Earth Materials (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 3090 Developing Scientific Writing Skills (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 2005 Introduction to Earth Materials (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 5700 Geological Topics Seminar (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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