Welcome to the Colorado TRaIL!

Our lab’s goals are to promote innovative, collaborative and high-quality research while providing geochronology data and training to the broader Earth science community. If you are interested in acquiring (U-Th)/He data in our laboratory, or would like to discuss potential collaborations or research ideas, please contact either Professor Rebecca Flowers (PI) or Dr. Jim Metcalf (lab manager). We routinely host visitors in our lab, and regularly work with scientists with varying amounts of geochronology experience and expertise, including students and early career faculty who are launching new projects. We know that every thermochronology dataset is unique, and our aim is to efficiently provide useful and high-qual
ity data for your project. 

The University of Colorado - Boulder (U-Th)/He laboratory is the centerpiece of the Colorado TRaIL (Colorado Thermochronology Research and Instrumentation Laboratory). The facility was funded by a National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Facilities Grant awarded to Professor Rebecca Flowers in the fall of 2011. The He extraction line, an ASI Alphachron, was delivered and installed in the spring of 2012, and is now fully operational. We are now routinely collecting apatite and zircon (U-Th)/He data. All stages of analysis are performed at CU, including mineral separation, grain selection, He analysis, crystal dissolution, and U-Th-Sm analysis. Be sure to check out our facilities page for information on the instrumentation at CU.

Make sure to keep up with Lab News - Including recent papers, and announcements.

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(U-Th)/He Thermochronology at CU-Boulder

Former Ph.D. students  Alexis Ault (left, now at Utah State University) and Jess Stanley (right, now a postdoc at Potsdam University) discussing recent mass spectrometer behavior.