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Alan Jay Kaufman

Professor

Ph.D. University of Indiana, 1990

Contact

CHEM 0217A
Chemistry Building
8051 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

(301) 405-0395Phone

(301) 405-8461 (CHEM 1216)Phone

(301) 405-0395 (CHEM 0224)Phone

(301) 405-3597Fax

kaufman [at] umd [dot] edu

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Research Interests

My research has focused on the determination of changes in the isotopic composition of the oceans through time, by the analysis of stragraphic suites of little-altered carbonate rocks. Thus far, most of these studies have centered around Neoproterozoic (ca. 1000-544 million-year-old) sedimentary successions in Svalbard/East Greenland, Namibia, arctic Canada and Alaska, India, and the western USA. Temporal variations in C and Sr isotopes can be used as stratigraphic tools within and between basins, and through detailed correlations allow us to order key tectonic, biogeochemical, and paleoenvironmental events in Earth history.