Emily M. Peterman

Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Teaching this semester

EOS 2020 / ENVS 2250. Earth, Ocean, and Society

Emily Peterman
Explores the historical, current, and future demands of society on the natural resources of the earth and the ocean. Discusses the formation and extraction of salt, gold, diamonds, rare earth elements, coal, oil, natural gas, and renewable energies (e.g., tidal, geothermal, solar, wind). Examines how policies for these resources are written and revised to reflect changing societal values. Students complete a research project that explores the intersection of natural resources and society.

EOS 2145. The Plate Tectonics Revolution

Emily Peterman
Although only about forty years old, the theory of plate tectonics forever changed the way we view our earth, from static to dynamic. Plate tectonics provides a global framework to understand such varied phenomena as earthquakes, volcanoes, ocean basins, and mountain systems both on continents (e.g., the Himalaya, the Andes) and beneath the seas (e.g., the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the East Pacific Rise). In-depth analysis of plate boundaries, the driving forces of plate tectonics, global plate reconstructions, and the predictive power of plate tectonics. Lectures and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork per week.

What processes control the evolution of mountain belts in time and space? What is the role of disequilibrium during metamorphism? How do micro- and nano-scale processes influence plate-tectonic-scale processes, such as collisional orogenesis and the exhumation of terranes? To address these questions, I use petrology, mineralogy, geochronology and geochemistry to quantify the timing and rates of metamorphic recrystallization, deformation, melting and other aspects of crustal evolution. My research has focused on developing in situ techniques to measure pressure, temperature and time, while retaining the petrologic context.

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  • Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, CA, 2009
  • B.A., Geology and Spanish, Middlebury College; Middlebury, VT, 2004
  • Universidad SEK ; Segovia, Spain, 2003


Peterman, E.M., Snoeyenbos, D.R., Jercinovic, M.J., and Kylander-Clark, A., in press at American Mineralogist,Dissolution-reprecipitation metasomatism and growth of zircon within phosphatic garnet in metapelites from western Massachusetts.

Hacker, B.R., Kylander-Clark, A.R., Holder, R., Andersen, T.B., Peterman, E.M., Walsh, E.O., Munnikhuis, J., 2015,Chemical Geology, Monazite response to ultrahigh-pressure from U-Pb dating by laser ablation split stream, v. 409, p. 28-41.

Peterman, E.M., Hourigan, J.K., and Grove, M., 2014, Experimental and geologic evaluation of monazite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry: Catnip Sill, Catalina Core Complex, Tucson, AZ., Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v.403, p. 48-55.

Peterman, E.M., Mattinson, J.M. and Hacker, B.R., 2012, Multi-step TIMS and CA-TIMS monazite U-Pb geochronology: Chemical Geology, v. 312-313, p. 58-73.

Peterman, E.M. and Grove, M., 2010, Growth conditions of symplectic muscovite + quartz: Implications for quantifying retrograde metamorphism in exhumed magmatic arcs, Geology, v. 38, no. 12, p. 1071-1074.

Hacker, B.R., Andersen, T.B., Johnston, S.M., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., Peterman, E.M., Walsh, E.O., Young, D.J., 2010, Exhumation of the ultrahigh-pressure Western Gneiss Region: Structural geology and petrology,Tectonophysics, v.480, p 149-171.

Peterman, E.M., Hacker, B.R. and Baxter, E.F., 2009, Phase transformations of continental crust during subduction and exhumation: Western Gneiss Region, NorwayEuropean Journal of Mineralogy; doi: 10.1127/0935-1221/2009/0021-1988.

Peterman, E.M., 2009, The Development and Use of Monazite and Garnet Geochronology with Application to Tectonic Processes. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara, 130p.

West, D.P., Jr. and Peterman, E.M., 2004, Bedrock Geology of the Razorville 7.5' Quadrangle,      Maine: Maine Geological Survey Map, Scale = 1:24,000 (Geologic Map and Explanation).

Conference Proceedings

Peterman, E.M. and Snoeyenbos, D.R., 2015, Atypical dissolution-reprecipitation reactions in zircon from HP/UHP metapelites, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, vol. 47, no. 7, p.168.

Snoeyenbos, D.R. and Peterman, E.M., 2015, Phosphatic garnet from metapelitic schists of western Massachusetts and eastern Greece, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, vol. 47, no. 7, p.168.

Peterman, E.M., Burton, Z.F.M., Rubel, J.N., Snoeyenbos, D.R. and Kylander-Clark, A., 2014, Monazite petrochronology via LASS characterizes 30 Myr of episodic retrograde metamorphism in western Massachusetts, AGU 2014 Fall Meeting.

Snoeyenbos, D.R., and Peterman, E.M., 2014, Solid state mass transfer reactions between zircon and garnet constrain an early Acadian UHP excursion in western Massachusetts, GAC-MAC Annual Meeting; Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 21–23, 2014.

*Peterman, E.M., Snoeyenbos, D.R. and Kylander-Clark, A., 2013, Early Acadian exhumation history of garnet-kyanite schists from western Massachusetts determined by LASS analysis of metamorphic monazite, EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, AGU 2013 Fall Meeting, T38B-08.

Snoeyenbos, D.R., Peterman, E.M., Jercinovic, M.J., Williams, M.L., and Reinhard, D.A., 2013, Isotopic Tomography of Monazite, Mineralogical Magazine, v. 77, no. 5, p. 2231.

*Peterman, E.M., Snoeyenbos, D.R. and Kylander-Clark, A., 2013, Evidence of the Early Acadian in Western Massachusetts from high-pressure garnet-kyanite schist, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 7, p. 239.

Peterman, E.M., 2013, Integrating field, geochemical and geophysical data in undergraduate courses to illustrate plate tectonics: Geological Society of America, Northeast Section Meeting, Abstract 215644.

Beane, R. J., Camill, P., Field, C., Laine, E., Lea, P.D., Peterman, E.M., Roesler. C., and Urquhart, J., 2013, Local research projects foster student learning in a growing undergraduate department: Geological Society of America, Northeast Section Meeting, Abstract 215499.

Peterman, E.M., Grove, M., and Hourigan, J.K., 2011, Development and intercalibration of monazite (U-Th)/ He thermochronology: Catnip Sill, Santa Catalina Mountains, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 5, p. 331.

Peterman, E.M., Grove, M. and Kimbrough, D.L., 2010, Quantifying Continental Margin Deformation North and South of the Opening of the Gulf of California—Evidence for Subduction Erosion? EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, AGU 2010 Fall Meeting, V41B-2288.

Peterman, E.M., Hourigan, J.K. and Grove, M., 2010, Laser heating of monazite to simultaneously determine He diffusion parameters and (U-Th)/He ages, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, no. 5.

Peterman, E.M. and Grove, M., 2010, Linking Temperature to Time in Retrograde Metamorphism: Ti-in-Quartz + Rb/Sr of Muscovite in preserved Ms + Qtz Symplectite, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 74, 11S1, A809.

Peterman, E.M. and Hourigan, J.K., 2009, Standard development for coupled (U-Th)/(Pb-He) chronology of monazite: EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, AGU 2009 Fall Meeting, V41D-2205.

Peterman, E.M. and Grove, M. 2009, Significance of muscovite + quartz symplectites in anatectic wallrocks for evaluating background geothermal gradients in magmatic arcs: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 41, no. 7, p. 356.

Peterman, E.M. and Hacker, B.R., 2008, Phase transformations in subducting and exhuming continental crust: Insight from geochemical modeling: EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, AGU 2008 Fall Meeting, T41B-1969.

Peterman, E.M., Mattinson, J.M., and Hacker, B.R., 2008, Chemical Abrasion Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (CA-TIMS) Method Development for Monazite: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Abstract 222-12.

Peterman, E.M., Hacker, B.R. and Baxter, E.F., 2007, Sm–Nd Garnet geochronology demonstrates wholesale transformation of continental crust during UHP subduction—Western Gneiss Region, Norway: EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, AGU 2007 Fall Meeting, V41C-0718.

Peterman, E., Hacker, B., Grove, M., Gehrels, G., and Mattinson, J., 2006, A Multi-Method Approach to Improving Monazite Geochronology: TIMS, LA-ICP-MS, SIMS and EPMA: EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, AGU 2006 Fall Meeting, V21A-0551.

Peterman, E., Hacker, B., and Gehrels, G., 2005, Monazite standard assessment by LA-ICP-MS: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.37, no. 7, p. 448.

Research Experience

Cameca LEAP 4000x HR Atom Probe Microscope; Curtin University, 2016 – present
      Prepared and analyzed zircon specimens for atom probe tomography

Scanning Electron Microscope Lab; Bowdoin College, 2016 – present
      Cathodoluminescence imaging (Tescan) and EDS & EBSD analysis (Oxford)
      Website for our new SEM coming soon!

Noble Gas Facility; Stanford University, 2010 – present
      40Ar/39Ar K-feldspar, muscovite and biotite; (U-Th)/He monazite and zircon

Electron microprobe laboratory—JEOL 720; Stanford University, 2010 – present
      Quantitative compositional analysis of minerals

Scanning electron microscope laboratory; Stanford University, 2010 – present
      Backscattered electron and cathodoluminescence imaging, EDS analysis

Helium Thermochronology Laboratory; UC Santa Cruz, 2009 – present
      (U-Th)/He thermochronology and He diffusion parameters for monazite and zircon

Plasma Analytical Facility; UC Santa Cruz, 2009 – present
      Rare earth element analysis (solution and laser ablation modes), (U-Th)/Pb monazite
      Thermo Scientific Element XR ICP-MS, Thermo Scientific X-series quadrupole ICP-MS 
      Photon Machines Analyte 193H excimer laser equipped with a HelEx cell 
      Zygo NewView 7200 vertical scanning interferometer

Plasma Source Facility; UC Santa Barbara, 2009 – present
      (U-Th)/Pb monazite; ID Th-Pb geochronology monazite
      Nu Instruments Plasma HR MC-ICP-MS and AttoM SC-ICP-MS  
      Photon Machines Analyte 193H excimer laser equipped with a HelEx cell

Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry—Finnigan MAT 261; UC Santa Barbara, 2006 – present
      U-Pb monazite via CA-TIMS

SHRIMP-RG; Stanford University, 2007 – present
      (U-Th)/Pb monazite and zircon, Ti-in-quartz thermometry

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry—Cameca ims 1270; UCLA, 2006 – present
      (U-Th)/Pb monazite

Electron Microprobe Laboratory—Cameca SX50 and SX100 UC Santa Barbara, 2005 – present
      Mapping and quantitative analysis of monazite, garnet, biotite, K-white mica, etc.

Scanning Electron Microscope Lab; UC Santa Barbara, 2005 – present
      BSE and CL imaging of accessory phases

Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry—VG Sector 54; UC Santa Cruz, 2009 – 2010
      Sr isotopes

Thermo Finnigan Neptune MC-ICP-MS; UC Santa Cruz, 2009 – 2010
      U, Th, Pb, Hf, Nd and Sr isotopes

Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry—Thermo Finnigan Triton; Boston University, 2007
      Sm-Nd garnet and whole-rock

Laser Ablation ICP-MS Lab—GV Isoprobe; University of Arizona, Tucson, 2006 – 2008
      (U-Th)/Pb monazite, U-Pb zircon, U-Pb titanite

High-temperature Lab; UC Santa Barbara, 2005 – 2009
      Synthesized monazite of various compositions