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Nelson Eby

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Professor Nelson EbyProfessor

Research Interests

Geochemical processes, alkaline rocks and granites, nuclear methods, metals in the environment

My general area of research is geochemistry, but I have eclectic interests which range from forensic geology to archaeology. Recent projects - characterizing the glass (Trintite) produced during the first atomic bomb test; determining the concentration of Br in geological and biological materials; petrology and geochemistry of Jurassic - Cretaceous magmatism in the northeastern US and Canada; F and Cl in apatite, amphibole, and biotite; sources of obsidian; using tree-ring cores to map environmental change; and atmospheric pollutants.


  • Ph D: Geology, (1971), Boston University - Boston, MA
  • MS: Geology, (1967), Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA
  • BA: Geology, (1965), Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow (2014), Scholarship/Research - Mineralogical Society of America
  • Fellow (2012), Scholarship/Research - Geological Society of London
  • Erskine Fellow (1998), Scholarship/Research - University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Fellow (1986), Scholarship/Research - Geological Society of America
  • Visiting Senior Fellow (1982), Scholarship/Research - Linacre College, University of Oxford
  • Elected Full Member, Sigma Xi (1971), Scholarship/Research - Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society


  • Cadoux, A., Iacono-Marziano, G., Paonita, A., Deloule, E., Aiuppa, A., Eby, G.N., Costa, M., Brusca, L., Berlo, K., Geraki, K., Mather, T.A., Pyle, D.M., Di Carlo, I. (2017) "A new set of standards for in-situ measurement of bromine abundances in natural silicate glasses: application to SR-XRF, LA-ICP-MS and SIMS techniques," Chemical Geology 452: pp. 60-70
  • Eby, N. (2017) "Mesozoic magmatism in Northeastern North America and Canada: A classic A1-type granite province," Goldschmidt 2017
  • Marks, M.A., Kendrick, M.A., Wenzel, T., Eby, N., Zack, T. (2017) "Reply to “Comment on the F, Cl, Br and I contents of reference glasses BHVO-2G, BIR-1G, BCR-2G, GSD-1G, NIST SRM610 and NIST SRM612”," Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 41: pp. 475-478
  • Marks, M.A., Kendrick, M.A., Eby, G.N., Zack, T., Wenzel, T. (2017) "The F, Cl, Br and I Contents of Reference Glasses BHVO-2G, BIR-1G, BCR-2G, GSD-1G, GSE-1G, NIST SRM 610 and NIST SRM 612," Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 41: pp. 107-122
  • Eby, N., Soucy, A. (UML), Fontaine, S. (UML) (2017) "Using factor analysis to identify soil contaminants from the Palmerton, PA, zinc smelters," Annual Meeting Geological Society of America T16 Novel Approaches to Mine Remediation: Addressing the Legacy of Hardrock Mining through Innovative and Practical Methods: pp. Paper #299-6
  • Leach, F., Campbell, H., Eby, G.N., Holt, K., Regelous, M., Richards, R., Weaver, S. (2016) "Obsidian floater washed up on a beach in the Chatham Islands: geochemical composition and comparison with other volcanic glasses," Tubinga 27: pp. 21-49
  • Eby, G.N. (2016) "Principles of Environmental Geochemistry," Waveland Press pp. 514
  • Eby, G.N. (2016) "The Coastal New England and White Mountain igneous provinces: Triassic-Jurassic intraplate magmatism in Northeastern US and Southeastern Canada," Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America T153 Alkaline Rocks: in Honor and Memory of Daniel S. Barker: pp. Paper # 19-5
  • Eby, G.N. (2016) "Tree-ring record of smelter operations at Palmerton, PA," Annual Meeting Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America T21 Trace Metals in the Environment: pp. Paper # 41-6
  • Eby, G.N. (2015) "Geology and Petrology of the Mont Royal Pluton," SUNY Plattsburgh Field Guidebook for the 87th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association: pp. 265-282
  • Eby, G.N., Charnley, N., Pirrie, D., Hermes, R., Smoliga, J., Rollinson, G. (2015) "Trinitite redux: Mineralogy and petrology," American Mineralogist 100:2-3 pp. 427–441
  • Eby, G.N. (2015) "Tracing F and Cl concentrations in alkaline felsic magmas," The 8th Hutton Symposium on Granites and Related Rocks Book of Abstracts: pp. PT.095
  • Eby, G.N., Pirrie, D., Hermes, R., Charnley, N. (2014) "Nuclear forensics – identification of post-detonation debris," The Geological Society Forensic Geoscience Group FGG conference, booklet of abstracts:3 pp. 43-47
  • Duke, G., Carlson, R., Frost, C., Hearn, B., Eby, G. (2014) "Continent-scale linearity of kimberlite-carbonatite magmatism, mid-continent North America," Earth and Planetary Science Letters 403: pp. 1-14
  • Eby, G.N. (2014) "A-type granites: characteristics and petrogenesis," International Workshop on Convergent Margins
  • Eby, G.N. (2014) "Classification and origin of granites," International Workshop on Convergent Margins
  • Mangler, M.F., Marks, M.A., Zaitzev, A.N., Eby, G.N., Markl, G. (2014) "Halogens (F, Cl and Br) at Oldoinyo Lengai volcano (Tanzania): Effects of magmatic differentiation, silicate–natrocarbonatite melt separation and surface alteration of natrocarbonatite," Chemical Geology 365: pp. 43–53
  • Eby, G.N. (2013) "Post CAMP Magmatism: The White Mountain and Monteregian Hills Igneous Provinces, Eastern North America," Annual Meeting Northeast Section Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 45:1 pp. 127
  • Eby, G.N. (2013) "Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and forensic applications," Geological Society, London, Special Publications 384: pp. 121–131
  • Armstrong-Altrin, J.S., Lee, Y.I., Kasper-Zubillaga, J.J., Carranza-Edwards, A., Garcia, D., Eby, G.N., Balaram, V., Cruz-Ortiz, N.L. (2012) "Geochemistry of beach sands along the western Gulf of Mexico, Mexico: Implication for provenance," Chemie der Erde 72: pp. 345-362
  • Zozulya, D.R., Lyalina, L.M., Eby, G.N., Savchenko, Y.E. (2012) "Ore geochemistry, zircon mineralogy, and genesis of the Sakharjok Y-Zr deposit, Kola Peninsula, Russia," Geology of Ore Deposits 54:2 pp. 81-98
  • Eby, G.N. (2012) "The Beemerville Alkaline Complex, Northern New Jersey," Pennsylvania Geological Survey Guidebook for the 77th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists: pp. 85-91
  • Marks, M.A., Wenzel, T., Whitehouse, M.J., Loose, M., Zack, T., Barth, M., Worgard, L., Krasz, V., Eby, G.N., Stosnach, H., Markl, G. (2012) "The volatile inventory (F, Cl, Br, S, C) of magmatic apatite: An integrated analytical approach," Chemical Geology 291: pp. 241-255