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 (PI Prof Rebecca Flowers) in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. The goals of our lab are to promote innovative, collaborative, and high-quality research while providing (U-Th)/He data and training to the broader Earth science community.

If you are interested in acquiring (U-Th)/He data in our laboratory, or would like to discuss potential collaborations or research ideas, please contact either Professor Rebecca (Becky) Flowers (lab PI) or Dr. Jim Metcalf (lab manager). We routinely host visitors in our 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.

The (U-Th)/He lab was established by Flowers in 2012 using funds from an NSF Instrumentation and Facilities (I&F) grant to support installation of an ASI alphachron He line. A second NSF I&F award in 2016 was used to install an Agilent quadrupole ICPMS.

Click here for recent Publications of the Thermochronology & Geochronology group.

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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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