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Richard Gaschnig


Richard Gaschnig
Dr. Richard GaschnigAssistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the use of radiogenic isotopes, stable isotopes, and trace elements to understand processes such as the formation and evolution of continents through the study of both igneous and sedimentary materials.

Education

  • Ph D: Geology, (2010), Washington State University - Pullman, WA
  • MS: Geology, (2005), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC
  • BS: Geology, (2003), University of Delaware - Newark, DE

Selected Awards and Honors

  • LeClerc Graduate Fellowship (2010)
  • Tobacco Root Geological Society scholarship (2008)
  • Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grant (2007)
  • H. Walter and Jeanette Praetorius-Exxon Graduate Fellowship (2007)

Selected Publications

  • Fayon, A., Tikoff, B., Kahn, M., Gaschnig, R. (2017). Cooling and exhumation of the southern Idaho batholith. Lithosphere, L565–1.
  • Gaschnig, R., Macho, A., Fayon, A., Schmitz, M., Ware, B., Vervoort, J., Kelso, P., LaMaskin, T., Kahn, M., Tikoff, B. (2017). Intrusive and depositional constraints on the Cretaceous tectonic history of the southern Blue Mountains, eastern Oregon (pp. L554.1). Lithosphere
  • Gaschnig, R., Rudnick, R.L., McDonough, W.F., Kaufman, A.J., Valley, J.W., Hu, Z., Gao, S., Beck, M.L. (2016). Compositional evolution of the upper continental crust through time, as constrained by ancient glacial diamictites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 186 316-343.
  • Gaschnig, R., Vervoort, J., Tikoff, B., Lewis, R. (2016). Construction and preservation of batholiths in the northern US Cordillera. Lithosphere, L497-1.
  • Li, S., Gaschnig, R., Rudnick, R.L. (2016). Insights into chemical weathering of the upper continental crust from the geochemistry of ancient glacial diamictites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 176 96-117.
  • Vervoort, J.D., Lewis, R.S., Fisher, C., Gaschnig, R., Jansen, A.C., Brewer, R. (2016). Neoarchean and Paleoproterozoic crystalline basement rocks of north-central Idaho: Constraints on the formation of western Laurentia. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 128(1-2) 94-109.
  • Chen, K., Walker, R.J., Rudnick, R.L., Gao, S., Gaschnig, R., Puchtel, I.S., Tang, M., Hu, Z. (2016). Platinum-group element abundances and Re–Os isotopic systematics of the upper continental crust through time: Evidence from glacial diamictites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 191 1-16.
  • Braudy, N., Gaschnig, R., Wilford, D., Vervoort, J., Nelson, C., Davidson, C., Kahn, M., Tikoff, B. (2016). Timing and deformation conditions of the western Idaho shear zone, West Mountain, west-central Idaho. Lithosphere, L519–1.
  • Vervoort, J., Fisher, C., Lewis, R., Baldwin, J., Wang, D., Jansen, A., Nesheim, T., Zirakparvar, N., McDonie, C., Gaschnig, R. (2016). Evidence for Neoarchean to Paleoproterozoic crustal formation and modification in the northern U.S. Geological Society of America
  • Greaney, A., Rudnick, R., Gaschnig, R. (2016). Crustal sources of molybdenum. . Mineralogical Magazine (Goldschmidt Meeting).
  • Gaschnig, R., Rudnick, R.L., McDonough, W.F. (2015). Determination of Ga, Ge, Mo, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, W, Tl and Bi in USGS Whole-Rock Reference Materials by Standard Addition ICP-MS. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, 39(3) 371-379.
  • Tang, M., Rudnick, R.L., McDonough, W.F., Gaschnig, R., Huang, Y. (2015). Europium anomalies constrain the mass of recycled lower continental crust. Geology, 43(8) 703-706.
  • Gaschnig, R., Rudnick, R.L., McDonough, W.F., Kaufman, A.J., Hu, Z., Gao, S. (2014). Onset of oxidative weathering of continents recorded in the geochemistry of ancient glacial diamictites. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 408(0) 87-99.
  • Gaschnig, R., Vervoort, J.D., Lewis, R., Tikoff, B. (2013). Probing for Proterozoic and Archean crust in the northern U.S. Cordillera with inherited zircon from the Idaho batholith. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 125(1-2) 73-88.
  • Hu, Z., Zhang, W., Liu, Y., Chen, H., Gaschnig, R., Zong, K., Li, M., Gao, S., Hu, S. (2013). Rapid bulk rock decomposition by ammonium fluoride (NH4F) in open vessels at an elevated digestion temperature. Chemical Geology, 355 144-152.
  • Gray, K., Watkinson, A., Gaschnig, R., Isakson, V. (2012). Age and structure of the Crevice pluton: overlapping orogens in west-central Idaho? Canadian Journal of Earth Science, 49 709-731.
  • Davis, J., Coleman, D., Gracely, J., Gaschnig, R., Stearns, M. (2012). Magma accumulation rates and thermal histories of plutons of the Sierra Nevada batholith, CA. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 163(3) 449-465.
  • Zhang, W., Hu, Z., Liu, Y., Chen, H., Gao, S., Gaschnig, R. (2012). Total Rock Dissolution Using Ammonium Bifluoride (NH4HF2) in Screw-Top Teflon Vials: A New Development in Open-Vessel Digestion. Analytical Chemistry, 84(24) 10686-10693.
  • Anfinson, O., Leier, A., Gaschnig, R., Embry, A., Dewing, K. (2012). U-Pb and Hf isotopic data from Franklinian Basin strata: insights into the nature of Crockerland and the timing of accretion, Canadian Arctic Islands . Canadian Journal of Earth Science, 49 1316-1328.
  • Gaschnig, R., Vervoort, J.D., Lewis, R.S., Tikoff, B. (2011). Isotopic evolution of the Idaho batholith and Challis intrusive province, northern US Cordillera. Journal of Petrology, 52(12) 2397-2429.
  • Gaschnig, R., Vervoort, J., Lewis, R., McClelland, W. (2010). Migrating magmatism in the northern US Cordillera: in situ U–Pb geochronology of the Idaho batholith. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 159(6) 863-883.
  • Gaschnig, R., Vervoort, J., Lewis, R., Dufrane, S. (2008). Utilizing U-Pb geochronology of inherited zircon in the Atlanta lobe of the Idaho batholith as a probe of the deep crust in southern Idaho: a progress report. Northwest Geology, 37 101-110.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Constraining the secular compositional evolution of the upper continental crust using ancient glacial deposits and creation of an upper crustal reference suite (2013), Grant - NSF Petrology and Geochemistry
    Gaschnig, R. (Co-Principal), Rudnick, R. (Principal), McDonough, W. (Co-Principal)