Author Archives: BenG

About BenG

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech.

New group publications on the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event

Recently two papers from our lab on the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE) were published. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation’s Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology program. The Toarcian OAE or T-OAE occurred during the Early Jurassic Period … Continue reading

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Congrats to Emma Tulsky

Congratulations to lab member Emma Tulsky who successfully defended and graduated this May. Her Masters thesis was on the effects of contact metamorphism had on the sulfur and carbon bearing species in the intruded sedimentary rocks. I’m happy to say … Continue reading

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New Publication: Elucidating the relationship between the later Cambrian end-Marjuman extinctions and SPICE Event

A study led by former lab group member Angela Gerhardt on the temporal relationship between a major perturbation to the marine carbon cycle (known as the SPICE) and extinctions that occurred during the late Cambrian has now been published online … Continue reading

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Congrats to Recent Lab Group Graduates

This is fairly belated, but congratulations are due to lab members Teddy Them and Sam Ritzer who successfully defended and graduated this spring. Teddy will be starting a post-doc at Florida State starting this fall under the direction of my … Continue reading

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New Publication: Sulfur and carbon geochemistry of the Santa Elena peridotites: Comparing oceanic and continental processes during peridotite alteration

A paper by Esther Schwarzenbach and I on sulfur and carbon cycling during the process of serpentinization was recently published in the journal Lithos.  This study was a collaboration with Esteban Gazel and Pilar Madrigal from the VT-Volcanoes Group. This … Continue reading

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Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week

This week, February 15th to 20th, I was selected as Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week. A bit of background. The Office of Vice President for Research at Virginia Tech selects faculty members weekly to highlight. They do a write … Continue reading

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VT Sedimentary Geochemistry Group at GSA 2105

This week the lab group is participating in the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Here’s a list of the presentations. Sunday Emma Tulsky is giving a poster on the using carbon and sulfur isotopes to track … Continue reading

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Nature paper on oxygenation during the Proterozoic and Paleozoic published

A paper that I was a co-author was just published in Nature.  The study was led by Erik Sperling and statistically analyses geochemical data (specifically the iron content of shales) in order to track the redox evolution of the oceans … Continue reading

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Lab Member Awarded AAPG Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Teddy Them who just received a grant from American Association of Petroleum Geologists from their Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program. This award, like his recent award from the Geological Society of America, will support his work on the Toarcian Oceanic … Continue reading

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Lab members awarded GSA Graduate Student Research Grants

Lab members Teddy Them and Matt LeRoy both received Graduate Student Research Grants from the Geological Society of America. Matt’s student grant will support his study of environmental change during extinctions in the Late Cambrian Period.  Matt’s project is seeking … Continue reading

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