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Trail Lab

Early Earth and Experimental Geochemistry


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Dustin Trail (Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, July 2014 - present). If you are interested in joining our group, please look over our lab pages and through some of our publications to see if we might be a good fit. Most students look to me for some research direction when they start graduate studies. I am also strongly supportive student-generated ideas and I will support them financially if I can. Please contact me to learn about current opportunities (

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Wriju Chowdhury (PhD student) arriving Fall 2016. Co-advised with Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia

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Ian Szumila (PhD student) Ian holds BS degrees in Geology and Physics and has a passion for planetary science. In this photo, Ian is helping to assemble a piston cylinder in our experimental geochemistry laboratory. Ian is spending the spring of 2016 at NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX). 

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Yanling Wang (PhD student) Yanling has earned an M.S. and BS in geology. She is investigating the source melts of Hadean zircons through experiments and measurements on natural samples. In this photo, Yanling is swapping out the cones on our ICP-MS.

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Siyao (Mark) Yu (undergraduate). Mark is weighing his options now and will be attending graduate school next year.

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We will be hiring a laboratory manager in the near future to oversee the day-to-day operations. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about this position!