Dale H. Burns

Dr. Dale Burns
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Electron Microprobe Laboratory Manager
Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2014
M.S. San Diego State University, 2009
B.A. Humboldt State University, 2007
(319) 335-1828
36A TH

As the manager of the Electron Microprobe Laboratory, my duties include developing and testing new analytical procedures, monitoring and maintaining data quality, training new and returning users, machine maintenance, interacting with industry clientele to develop projects and provide analytical support, and collaborating with faculty, staff, and students to develop and conduct research projects. I have extensive experience analyzing a variety of materials including geological samples (including silicates, sulfides/sulfates, oxides, and carbonates), biological samples, metal alloys, thin films, CPU components, nanoparticles, and ceramics.  In addition to managing the laboratory, I also have an active research program. My primary interests are high temperature geochemistry. I am particularly interested in using crystal-scale chemical variations in volcanic and plutonic rocks to determine the role and timing of specific magmatic processes during the development, evolution, and eruption of large magmatic systems. I am also interested in the long-term isotopic evolution of the Earth’s major reservoirs.

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