Claire Ostwald is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geosciences and a research assistant in the IGL. Claire’s research interests lie in fields of isotope geochemistry and high-precision geochronology, particular for enhancing our understanding of orogenic processes. Her dissertation work will include foundational studies in the application of tandem in situ LA-ICPMS U-Pb and trace element analysis and high precision CA-TIMS U-Pb zircon geochronology.
Mike Mohr is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geosciences and a research assistant in the IGL. Mike’s research focus is in high-precision U-Pb and Th-Pb geochronology for applications in petrochronology, mineral resources, and the geologic time scale. Although he loves zircon (a requirement for geochronologists), he is particularly interested in non-conventional accessory minerals like titanite, chevkinite, allanite, monazite, and thorite, and in furthering the utility of Th-Pb dating via ID-TIMS. Mike’s research in Th-Pb geochronology is supported by the Geological Society of America and the Boise State University Nuclear Materials Fellowship.