Rachel J. Beane

Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Rachel's research includes studying Maine's bedrock geology and using rock microstructures to understand solid earth processes. Her current research focuses on exploring the connections between below ground magma chamber processes and above ground large volcanic eruptions.

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

PDF Curriculum Vitae

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Undergraduate Research Projects

Rachel enjoys doing research with undergraduates, and strongly encourages students to contact her if they are interested in pursuing summer or honors research projects.ts. 


Scanning Electron Microscope

Tapping Into the Secrets of Maine's Coast

Casco Bay Project (NSF Grant 0126234)


Selected publications. Full list is in CV. *undergraduate author

Deering, C., Keller, B., Schoene, B., Bachmann, O., Beane, R. and Ovtcharova, M., 2016. Zircon Record of the Plutonic-Volcanic Connection and Protracted Rhyolite Melt Extraction. Geology v. 44, p. 267-270.

Graeter, K.*, Beane, R., Deering, C., Bachmann, O., and Gravley, D., 2015. Formation of rhyolite at the Okataina Volcanic Complex, New Zealand: New insights from analysis of quartz clusters in plutonic lithics. American Mineralogist: Journal of Earth and Planetary Materials v. 100, p. 1778-1789.

Beane, R.J. and Wiebe, R. A., 2012, Origin of quartz clusters in Vinalhaven granite and porphyry, coastal Maine. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology v. 163, p. 1069-1082.

Sullivan, W.A., Beane, R.J., Beck, E.N.* and Roberts-Pierel, A.M.*, 2011, Testing the transpression hypothesis in the western part of the Cheyenne belt, Medicine Bow Mountains, southeastern Wyoming. Rocky Mountain Geology v. 46, p. 111-135

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

Faculty Development

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 since 2005. 


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