Geochemistry

The Geochemistry faculty study a wide range of processes and interactions, including products of large-scale Earth differentiation, such as the composition, evolution and age of the mantle and core, the formation and evolution of oceanic and continental crust, interactions between the geochemical environment (soil, water, air) and human health, fundamental questions involving the oceans and continental water systems, global geochemical cycles involving the atmosphere, oceans and Earth's interior, natural and engineered methods for carbon capture and storage, and using a wide range of geochemical archives to understand how and why the ocean and climate have changed at timescales ranging from seasons to millions of years. The faculty has developed strong collaborations with Columbia University engineers, biologists, public health researchers and American Museum of Natural History petrologists, planetary geologists and paleontologists.

Sebastian Vivancos
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Sebastian
M.
Vivancos
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geochemistry
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423 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
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10964-8000
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Fields of interest: 

Chemical Oceanography, Isotope Geochemistry, Marine Biogeochemistry, Paleoclimatology
Education
M.A. Earth and Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
2016
B.A. Earth Science and Chemistry
Columbia University
2013
Selected Publications:
Intensity of Th and Pa scavenging partitioned by particle chemistry in the North Atlantic Ocean, Hayes, C. T.; Anderson, R. F.; Fleisher, M. Q.; Vivancos, S. M.; Lam, P. J.; Ohnemus, D. C.; Huang, K. - F.; Robinson, L. F.; Lu, Y.; Cheng, H.; Edwards, R. L.; Moran, S. B. Marine Chemistry, Volume: 170 p.: 49–60 (2015) doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2015.01.006
Maayan Yehudai
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Maayan
Yehudai
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geochemistry
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419 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
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(845) 365-8328

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(845) 365-8155
Frank Pavia
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Frank
Pavia
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geochemistry
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423 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8793

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(845) 365-8155

Fields of interest: 

Chemical Oceanography, Isotope Geochemistry, Marine Biogeochemistry, Paleoceanography
Education
M.A.
Columbia University
05/2016
B.A.
Columbia University
05/2014
Daniel Rasmussen
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Daniel
Rasmussen
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geochemistry
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107 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8454

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(845) 365-8155

Fields of interest: 

Volcanology, Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry

I am fascinated by the nature of volatiles in magmatic and volcanic systems. This interest is linked to a range of topics including melt generation, magma transport and differentiation, and eruptive dynamics. My primary resource for exploring these fields is melt inclusions. These accidents of imperfect crystal growth provide us with the only means for directly examining pre-eruptive volatile content of magma. Furthermore, they form during various stages of magma ascent and differentiation, providing snapshots of the changing physicochemical conditions of a magma prior to its eruption. Reaching an understanding of the variation of volatiles, which is coupled to elemental and isotopic variations, in melt inclusions gives insight into dynamic processes that govern the behavior of magma before and during volcanic eruption. Recently, I have also gained an interest in the study of nominally anhydrous minerals. Such minerals can act as hygrometers, allowing for further understanding of the distribution of water in magmas.

Education
M.S. Geology
New Mexico Tech
2014
B.S. Geological Sciences
University of Oregon
2012
Timothy C. Kenna
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Timothy
C.
Kenna
Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Geochemistry
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227 Comer
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8513

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Leopoldo Pena
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Leopoldo
Pena
Lamont Assistant Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Geochemistry
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Jonathan Nichols
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Jonathan
Nichols
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
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61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8428

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(845) 365-8150
Robert Newton
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Robert
Newton
Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Geochemistry
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111 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8686

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Fields of interest: 

Physical Oceanography, Arctic Climate Change, Large-scale isotope tracer distributions in the ocean, nutrient cycling in the Arctic Ocean and the Hudson Valley

Some of my projects include:

  • Environmental Tracers Group at LDEO ( details )
  • World Ocean Chemistry Experiment ( details )
  • Arctic Freshwater Initiative ( details )
Education
Ph. D., Earth and Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
2001
M.Phil., Earth and Environmental Sciences
Columbia University
1996
A.B.D., Mathematics
Graduate Center of the City University of New York
1982
B.S., Social Theory, Structure and Change
Empire State College, SUNY
1978
Selected Publications:
Mantle helium reveals Southern Ocean hydrothermal venting, Winckler, G.; Newton, R.; Schlosser, P.;Crone, T Geophysical Research Letters (2010) 10.1029/2009GL042093
Freshwater distribution in the Arctic Ocean: simulation with a high-resolution model and model-data comparison., Newton, R., Schlosser, P., Martinson, D.G., and Maslowski, M. Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume: 113, Issue: C5 p.: C05024 (2008)
A simple model of the Arctic Ocean response to annular wind stress anomalies., Newton, R., Tremblay, B., Cane, M., and Schlosser, P. Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume: 111, Issue: C9 p.: C09019 (2006)
Elements of the global Ocean Circulation inferred from the WOCE tritium and C-14 data sets, Schlosser, P.; Jenkins, W.; Key, R.; Newton, R.; Roether, W.; Top, Z. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta Jun, Volume: 68, Issue: 11 p.: A489-A489 (2004)
Decrease of river runoff in the upper waters of the Eurasian Basin, Arctic Ocean, between 1991 and 1996: Evidence from delta O-18 data, Schlosser, P.; Newton, R.; Ekwurzel, B.; Khatiwala, S.; Mortlock, R.; Fairbanks, R. Geophysical Research Letters May 1, Volume: 29, Issue: 9 p.: - (2002) Doi 10.1029/2001gl013135
Wade McGillis
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Wade
McGillis
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Geochemistry
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401 Comer
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8562

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Elizabeth Shoenfelt
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Elizabeth
Shoenfelt
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geochemistry
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419 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8155

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