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Email: ryan.frazer@unc.edu
Office: Mitchell Hall 304

B.A., Geology, Pomona College, 2009
M.S., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, current

Ryan Frazer is a Ph.D. candidate in Geological Sciences and has worked in the UNC Isotope Geochemistry Lab since 2010. Ryan’s Master’s (also at UNC-Chapel Hill) focused on the connections between large granodiorite plutons and monotonous intermediate ignimbrites using U-Pb zircon TIMS geochronology and zircon dissolution modeling. For his dissertation, Ryan has expanded his research into plutonic and volcanic processes, as well as method development, by experimenting with U-Pb titanite dating techniques to understand magma mush longevity, and exploring combined U-Pb dating and REE analysis of various trace minerals to track magma contamination in supervolcano eruptions.
Publications
Frazer, R.E., Coleman, D.S., Mills, R.D., 2014, Zircon U-Pb geochronology of the Mount Givens Granodiorite: implications for the genesis of large volumes of eruptible magma: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v. 119, no. 4, p. 2907-2924, doi:10.1002/2013JB010716. [link]

Lackey, J.S., Cecil, M.R., Windham, C.J., Frazer, R.E., Bindeman, I.N., Gehrels, G.E., 2012, The Fine Gold Intrusive Suite: The roles of basement terranes and magma source development in the Early Cretaceous Sierra Nevada batholith: Geosphere, v. 8, no. 2, p. 292-313, doi:10.1130/GES00745.1. [link]

Awards
2015 Geological Society of America John A. Black Award (to support field-based research in volcanology)
2015 First place, excellent graduate student poster, Anadarko Research Symposium
2014 First place, excellent graduate student talk, Anadarko Research Symposium
2013 Second place, excellent graduate student poster, Anadarko Research Symposium
2012 Third place, excellent graduate student talk, Anadarko Research Symposium
2009 Richard E. Strehle Memorial Award (for excellence in field geology)
2008 Donald Zenger Award (for academic excellence in geology)

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