Office: Mitchell Hall 319
B.S., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
M.S., Geological Sciences, New Mexico State University, 2013
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, current
Sean Gaynor is a Ph.D student working with Drew Coleman on better understanding the geochronology, geochemistry and structure of Climax-type Mo porphyry systems, and their role within long-lived magmatic centers. Currently, this research is focused on the Latir volcanic field, located in northern New Mexico. The Questa Climax-type Mo, previously run and managed by Chevron Mining Inc. previous to closure in 2014, has been a heavy focus of this work. So far, this project has involved in-house analysis of Sr, Nd and Pb whole rock isotopes and U-Pb zircon geochronology.
Gaynor, S., and Rosera, J.M., in review, Magmatic history of the Questa Mo porphyry deposit: Geosphere.
Gaynor, S., and Amato, J.M., 2013, Proterozoic zoned intrusive suites: Determining the surficial relationships and emplacement mechanisms of the Burro Mountain Intrusive Suite: New Mexico Geology, v. 35, p. 50.
Dimitroff, C., Gaynor, S., and Amato, J.M., 2013, Structural analysis of 1.1 Ga diabase intrusions: Burro Mountains, New Mexico: New Mexico Geology, v. 35, p. 50.
Williams, R.A., Amato, J.M., and Gaynor, S., 2013, Field mapping of the Redrock area, Burro Mountains, southwest New Mexico, and U-Pb dating of 1.2 Ga magmatism and contact metamorphism of Paleoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks: New Mexico Geology, v. 35, p. 62.
Gaynor, S., and Amato, J.M., 2012, The Burro Mountain plutonic complex: evaluating emplacement mechanisms of a 1.4 Ga A-type granitoid pluton in southwest New Mexico: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, no. 6, p. 93.
Amato, J.M., Gaynor, S., Rioux, M., and Bowring, S., 2012, Precise dating of the Burro Mountain Granite and associated metamorphism, southern New Mexico; Syn-deformational magmatism and rapid cooling of a gneiss dome: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, no. 6, p. 9
Gaynor, S., Glazner, A.F., and Law, B.R., 2011, Evaluating the eruptive nature of the Johnson Porphyry Granite; A geochemical analysis: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 4, p. 67.
Benton, T., Gaynor, S., and Glazner, A.F., 2011, Testing composite dike intrusion models with chemical analysis: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 4, p. 68.
-Best Graduate Poster Presentation, Rocky Mountain Section GSA Meeting, 2012
-Clemmons Field Scholarship, 2012
-Sigma Xi Student Research Grant, 2015
-GSA Student Research Grant, 2014
-GSA Student Research Grant, 2012
-NMGS Research Grant, 2012
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