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Peter W. Reiners


University of Arizona

geochemistry, thermochronology, and applications in earth & planetary science

Peter W. Reiners
Professor, Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Email: reiners at

New Stuff:

Get ready for the new model of He diffusion and radiation damage and annealing, with the first installment from my former student Ursula Ginster on the annealing kinetics of radiation damage in zircon, out in GCA.

Antarctichron/Chronothon 2019

My paper with Sasha Turchyn on extraterrestrial dust is out in Geology.

My former student Kendra Murray's paper on how to think about and quantitatively model and interpret magmatic thermal effects on low-temperature thermochronology is out in G-cubed.

No more excuses. My student Ursula Ginster's paper on proper treatment of error analysis in step-heating diffusion experiments is out in G-cubed.

My former student Jordan Jensen's paper on single-crystal specular hematite dating and the mysteries of the Tava sandstone injectites is out in EPSL.

Less New, But Still Newish Stuff:

It's rogues like this that make UA Geosciences great. (I love how it implodes right as Dave says we don't have enough OUTside pressure.)

GEOS 474/574: Geochronology & Thermochronology, Spring Semester 2018

Check out my former student Victor Garcia's recent paper on the geochronology of fault-related Fe- and Mn-oxides in the Paradox Basin, southern Utah.

Our book Geochronology and Thermochronology is out. Here is the Errata.

Our interdisciplinary team of geochemists, geophysicists, structural geologists, and hydrogeologists was awarded a 2017 Keck Science and Engineering Grant for our project Evolution of Crustal Paleofluid Flow Systems. Photo by Amanda Hughes.

Photos from The 2016 ConocoPhillips-UA Geosciences Southern Utah Fieldtrip, April 2016

Watch Martin Pepper's awesome new videos of UA Geosciences' world-renowned field camp. Here is a sweet 12-minute version, and here is a beautiful 40-minute version to make you wish you did more fieldwork.

Stuff that's starting to wear out its newness, but I don't want to take down and you might find interesting:

My student Victor Garcia has a new website about his work on Fe- and Mn-oxides associated with faults and diagenetic cement in Utah.
•Having trouble sleeping? Hoping to become even more confused about diagenesis? Looking for amazing examples of voiceovers and cutaways? See Marty Pepper's new blockbuster youtube video, Moki Marbles Matinee.
Dr. Willy Guenthner () has a new website at his new institution, the University of Illinois.
Check out our cover photo and new paper on diagenetic cement, concretions, and fracture-filling oxide minerals in Mesozoic sandstones of the Colorado Plateau, in GSAB, August 2014.
New photos (Aug 2014) from HeDWAZ 2014 - Multichron, June-July 2014
My former student Devon Orme's new website.
Field trip to the Colorado Plateau to investigate the mysteries of diagenetic oxides, October 2013
Field trip to the Uinkaret Volcanic Field, October 2013
•September 2013: I'm back at UA and in the thick of things again. Just to show you what I've been up to lately, here is a shot of some of my favorite secondary minerals from my favorite place in the world.
August 2012 to August 2013: I'm on sabbatical, at the Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimique (CRPG).
Check out Stuart Thomson's recent paper on the landscape evolution of subglacial East Antarctica. This got a nice News & Views, and some good publicity, for example here, here, and here. This is also closely related to UA alum Clare Tochilin's cool paper on Antarctic erosion, here.
Check out the recent paper led by Jay Quade on the mysterious rubbing boulders of the Atacama, in here:

. And while you're at it take a gander at some of the cool SEM pics in the oft-overlooked DR. What up with the Si-coating?
The 40th Annual GeoDaze!, March 2012
CIFAR field trip to Kohala volcano, February 2012
Field trip to the Tucson Mountains, November 2011
Photos and stuff from Antarctichron 2011
Check out our recent paper on Clinker geochronology, the first glacial maximum, and landscape evolution in the northern Rockies, in here:

GEOS 400-500: Introduction to Geochemistry, Fall Semester 2011
GEOS 342: Evolution of the Earth, Ocean, and Atmosphere, Fall Semester 2011
GEOS 218: Geologic Disasters & Society, Spring Semester 2011
•FOP Field trip to the Henry Mountains, October 2010
Check out our recent paper, led by Stuart Thomson, on Glaciation as a destructive and constructive control on mountain building,in here:

. Also see Jean Braun's excellent News & Views on the paper.
•"Field" trip to the Galiuros, September 2010
•Field trip to the Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra, July 2010
•Field trip to the Stansburys, July 2010

GEOS 342: Evolution of the Earth, Ocean, and Atmosphere, Fall Semester 2010
•Field trip to the Huachucas, February 2010
GEOS195K: Contemporary Earth System Science, Fall Semester 2009
Check out this paper with David Shuster, Thermochronology and Landscape Evolution, in Physics Today
Check out this paper on Nonmonotonic cooling histories and multithermochron, recently published in GCA
Photos from the July 2009 field trip to the Washington Cascades
COSA: photos from the January 2009 field trip to the Atacama Desert
COSA: photos from the May 2008 field trip to the Central Andes

I'm a Professor here in Geosciences at the University of Arizona, since August 2006, where I work on thermochronology, geochemistry, tectonics, and petrology. Before that I received my PhD in Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington , did a postdoc in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology , and was on the faculty in the Department of Geology at Washington State University, and in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University.

Geochronology and Thermochronology
and its Corrigendum

Antarctichron 2011

Multichron 2014

Brief cv



Last modified August 2018