Olivia Thurston

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  • BS in Geology- Union College

I'm a first year PhD student working with Dr. William Guenthner on developing a better understanding of radiation damage accumulation within accessory minerals such as zircon and how this damage accumulation effects different thermochronometers. We are focusing on granitic rocks that are 300 Ma and older with well constrained thermal histories. In particular we are focusing on the Lucerne pluton in Downeast Maine which has abundant uranium bearing accessory minerals as well as uranium-enriched groundwater. Together with Dr. Jenny Druhan we are attempting to model how radiation damage in these uranium-bearing accessory minerals has lead to elevated levels of uranium in the groundwater by creating a series of active transport models. 

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