Welcome to the CU TRaIL!

The CU TRaIL (Thermochronology Research and Instrumentation Laboratory) is a (U-Th)/He facility that is part of the Thermochronology & Geochronology Group in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. The goals of our lab are to conduct innovative, collaborative, and high-quality research while also providing (U-Th)/He data and training to the broader Earth science community. The lab was established by Professor Becky Flowers in 2012 with support from an NSF Instrumentation & Facilities award and is managed by Dr. Jim Metcalf.

If you are interested in acquiring (U-Th)/He data in our lab, or would like to discuss potential collaborations or research ideas, please contact either Dr. Becky Flowers (PI) or Dr. Jim Metcalf (lab manager). We routinely host visitors in the lab, and regularly work with scientists with varying amounts of geochronology experience and expertise, including students and early career faculty who are launching new projects. We know that every thermochronology dataset is unique, and our aim is to efficiently provide useful and high-quality data for your project. We are flexible in our approach to working with outside users depending on the project needs.

Click here for recent Publications of the Thermochronology & Geochronology Group. Click here for members of our Research Team.

Current Ph.D. student Colin Sturrock (left) and former Ph.D. student Jaclyn Baughman (right) discussing mass spectrometer behavior while a sample degasses.

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