Mark E. Stelten

B.S., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (2008) *
M.S., University of California - Davis (2010) *

Research Area:  Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Igneous petrology; volcanology; geochemistry. I study the dynamics of magmatic systems, with a specific focus on how silicic magmatic systems are formed and how they evolve through time. To study silicic magmatic systems I analyze minerals (zircon and feldspar) hosted in the silicic magmas for their crystallization ages, trace-element compositions, and isotopic compositions. In this way I use the crystals hosted within the igneous rocks as probes into the nature of the magmatic system they came from. I have studied silicic magmatism at a variety of locations including 1) the Tuolumne Intrusive Suite in the Sierra Nevada batholith (California), 2) South Sister volcano in central Oregon, and 3) Yellowstone caldera in NW Wyoming. My current research focuses on understanding the degree of heterogeneity in Yellowstone magmatic system by liking U-Th dating of zircon and sanidine with trace-element and isotopic analyses of the same crystals.

Adviser:  Kari M. Cooper

e-mail:   mestelten "at"

office:  3213 Earth and Physical Sciences

* Previous degree information is for informational purposes only and may not be used as an official source to certify or validate a degree conferral.

Updated:  Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 9:47 am