Dustin Trail

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jonsson-Rowland Science Center, 1W19
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
fax: (518)-276-2012
e-mail: traild at rpi.edu

Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, (arriving summer 2014)
2013-present: Adjunct Professor, University of Rochester
2011-present: postdoctoral research associate, New York Center for Astrobiology


My research is mainly laboratory-based and seeks to understand:
(i) the evolution of terrestrial and lunar magmas through time;
(ii) the conditions of early Earth and implications for an emergent
biosphere; and (iii) secular changes in the oxidation state
of magmas and fluids, and the connection between the chemical
state of the crust and mantle. I explore how trace element
partitioning, isotope fractionations, and mineral thermobarometry/
geochronology can help to answer these questions. In addition, over
the past few years, I have been expanding my areas of expertise to
include non-traditional mechanisms of isotope fractionation. I
utilize mass spectrometry, EMPA, FTIR spectroscopy, and synchrotron-
based techniques to interpret and understand the petrology and
geochemistry of planetary materials. My work is quantitatively
focused, and I often fall back upon my undergraduate training as a
computer scientist and applied mathematician. I am a postdoctoral
research associate and part of the interdisciplinary New York Center
for Astrobiology.


curriculum vitae


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