Published: Dec. 14, 2017
Alum Dustin Trail

The MSA Award to Dustin Trail, University of Rochester (New York, USA) is in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of early Earth environments and its suitability for life through his path-breaking development of new geochemical tools applied to Earth’s oldest materials. His main interest involves study of the chemical and isotopic composition of accessory minerals in the crust through laboratory experiments and measurements of natural samples, with emphasis on the early Earth. His research interests include the environment(s) of early Earth, the conditions suitable for the origin of life, the redox state and evolution of magmas and fluids in the crust, and exploring how traditional and non-traditional isotope measurements in accessory minerals can be ‘translated’ to physical and chemical processes.