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301C Olney Hall

Dr. Richard Gaschnig
Associate Professor


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  I specialize in geochemistry, geochronology, and petrology. At UMass Lowell, we have a Q-ICP-MS, laser ablation unit, and ICP-OES, along with a wet lab for sample digestion and column chromatography.  With LA-ICP-MS, we regularly perform combined U-Pb and trace element analysis of zircon, monazite, rutile, and titanite and are working on expanding to other minerals.  

Recent news:

  • I was coauthor on a paper in PNAS on the use of vanadium isotopes to understand the evolution of the continental crust.  Interview on it here

  • Grad student Ericka Boudreau and I were interviewed by Nick Zentner on his popular geology explainer YouTube series: LINK

  • In the summer of 2022, I ran a field geology course in Glacier National Park and eastern Idaho; this was supported by an NSF grant.  Read about it here.​

  • I was fortunate to see the 2021 eruption in Iceland.  Videos

  • Congratulations to Cass Stegner, Sam Marshall, Ericka Boudreau, and Dina Mato for successful MS defenses

  • Recent papers on nontraditional stable isotopes in OIBs: here and here

  • Recent paper co-authored with former postdoc Shelby Rader (now assistant prof at Indiana University) on thallium isotopes in HPLT rocks here

  • Recent paper on detrital zircons in ancient glacial diamictites here

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