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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Rachel J. Beane

Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science

On leave for the 2014-15 academic year.

Contact Information

Earth & Oceanographic Science
120C Druckenmiller Hall

Rachel J. Beane: Bowdoin College: Geology

SEM and Mineralogy lab phone: 207-725-3981

Curriculum Vitae (PDF) Please email for publication pdf's.

Awarded the 2003 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize. The prize recognizes the faculty member who "best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity."

Honor's Day Address 2004

Rachel's research includes studying Maine's bedrock geology and using rock microstructures to understand solid earth processes. She enjoys doing research with undergraduates, and strongly encourages students to contact her. Examples of previous undergraduate projects are listed below.

Casco Bay Project (NSF Grant 0126234)

Story: Tapping Into the Secrets of Maine's Coast

Previous Student Research Projects

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory (Druckenmiller 115) can be scheduled for Bowdoin College courses and research. Please contact Rachel Beane or Celeste Moody (x3756) for more information.

EBSD lab (NSF Grant 0320871)
Story: Scientists using EBSD meet at Bowdoin
Story: Bowdoin hosts Geological Conference

SEM/EDS lab (NSF Grant 9951390)
Story: Investigating the World with a Scanning Electron Microscope

Rachel Beane is co-PI of the NSF-sponsored project On the Cutting Edge: A Community Resource Transforming Geoscience Education. She has lead and created materials for multiple faculty development workshops through this project. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/about.html

Teaching Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry in the 21st Century '2011'

Pursuing an Academic Career in the Geosciences virtual events '2011'

Pursuing an Academic Career '2010'
and '2009'

Early Career Geoscience Faculty  '2009'
and '2006'

Preparing for an Academic Career  '2005'

Links to selected publications. Full list is in CV (PDF).

Sullivan, W.A., Beane, R.J., Beck, E.N.* and Roberts-Pierel, A.M.*, under review, Testing the transpression hypothesis in the western part of the Cheyenne belt, Medicine Bow Mountains, southeastern Wyoming. Rocky Mountain Geology.

Sullivan, W.A. and Beane, R.J., 2010. Asymetrical quartz crystallographic fabrics formed during constrictional deformation. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32 , p. 1430-1443.

Grew, E.S., Yates, M.G., Beane, R.J., Floss, C. and Gerbi, C.,2010. Chopinite-sarcopside solid solution, [(Mg,Fe)3](PO4)2, in GRA95209, a transitional acapulcoite: Implications for phosphate genesis in meteorites. American Mineralogist v. 95, p. 260-272.

Johnson, S.E., Lenferink, H.J., Price, N.A., Marsh, J.H., Koons, P.O., West, D.P., and Beane, R.J., 2009. Clast-based kinematic vorticity gauges: the effects of slip at matrix/clast interfaces. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, p. 1322-1339.

Beane, R.J. and Field, C., 2007. Kyanite deformation in whiteschist of the UHPM Kokchetav Massif, Kazakhstan. Journal of Metamorphic Geology v. 25, p. 117-128. (Invited contribution to special issue.)

Beane, R. and Leech, M., 2007. The Maksyutov Complex: The first UHP terrane 40 years later. In Cloos, M., Carlson, W.D., Gilbert, M.C., Liou, J.G., and Sorensen, S.S., eds., Convergent Margin Terranes and Associated Regions. Geological Society of America Special Paper 419, ch. 8, p. 153-170. (Invited contribution.)

Hawkins, A.T., Selverstone, J., Brearley, A.J., Beane, R.J., Carlson, W.D. and Ketcham, R., 2007. Origin and mechanical significance of honeycomb garnets in high-pressure metasedimentary rocks from the Tauern Window, Eastern Alps. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 25, 565-583.

Beane, R.J. and Sorensen, S.S., 2007. Protolith Signatures and Element Mobility in the Maksyutov Subducted Slab, Southern Ural Mountains, Russia. International Geology Review, v. 49, p. 52-72.

Beane, R.J., and Liou, J.G., 2005. Metasomatism in Serpentinite Melange Rocks from the High-Pressure Maksyutov Complex, Southern Ural Mountains, Russia. International Geology Review, v. 47, p. 24-40.

Beane, R. J., 2004.  Using the scanning electron microscope for discovery based learning in undergraduate coursesJournal of Geoscience Education, v. 52, p. 250-253.

Msall, M.E., Dietsche, W., Beane, R., Wichard, R. and Carpenter, J.*, 2004.  Examination of an unusual grain boundary in CaF2Physica Status Solidi, v. 1, no. 11, p. 2983-2986.

Bostick, B., Jones, R.E., Chen, C., Ernst, W.G., Leech, M.L., Hacker, B.R., and Beane, R.J., 2003. Positive identification of microdiamond from the Maksyutov Complex, south Urals, Russia, American Mineralogist  v. 88, p. 1709-1717.

Van Vleck, H. E*. and Beane, R. J., 2001.  Geochemical comparison of mafic, felsic and ultramafic rocks in the Hurrican Mountain Melange to the Boil Mountain Ophiolite Complex, west-central Maine.  Atlantic Geology, v. 37, issue 1, p. 3-15.

Beane R. J. and Connelly J. N., 2000. 40Ar/39Ar, U-Pb, and Sm-Nd constraints on the timing of metamorphic events in the Maksyutov Complex, southern Ural Mountains.  Journal of the Geologic Society, London, v. 157, p. 811-822.

Beane R. J. and Wobus R. A., 1999.  Petrogenesis of the Sugarloaf Syenite, Pikes Peak Batholith, Colorado.  Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 34, p. 313-324.

Smith D. R., Noblett J., Wobus R. A., Unruh, D., Douglass, J., Beane R. J., Davis, C., Goldman, S., Kay, G., Gustavson, B., Saltoun, B. and Stewart, J., 1999. Petrology and geochemistry of late-stage intrusions of the A-type, mid-Proterozoic Pikes Peak Batholith (Central Colorado, USA): implications for petrogenetic models.  PreCambrian Research, v. 98, p. 271-305.

Dobretsov. N. L., Shatsky V. S., Coleman R. G., Lennykh V. I., Valizer P. M., Liou J. G., Zhang R. and Beane R. J., 1996.  Tectonic Setting of Ultrahigh-pressure Metamorphic Rocks in the Maksyutov Complex, Ural Mountains, Russia. International Geology Review, v. 38, p. 136-160.

Beane R. J., Liou J. G., Coleman R. G. and Leech M. L., 1995. Petrology and Retrograde P-T Path for Eclogite of the Maksyutov Complex, Southern Ural Mountains, Russia. The Island Arc, v. 4, p.254-266.

Lennykh V. I., Valizer P. M., Beane R. J., Leech M. L. and Ernst W. G., 1995. Petrotectonic Evolution of the Maksyutov Complex, Southern Urals, Russia: Implications for Ultrahigh-Pressure Metamorphism. International Geology Review, v. 37, p. 584-600.