Meet our Undergrads: Patrick Wood

Patrick Wood collecting wulfenite at Glove Mine

Degree Program: Bachelor of Science

I work as an imaging assistant for the Arizona Laserchron Center’s SEM lab under Dr. Clayton Loehn, taking Backscattered Electron and Cathodoluminescence images of zircon grains to prepare for Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) for elemental analysis to determine U-Th-Pb dates. Currently I am most interested in the opportunity to apply zircon dating techniques for use in exploration and as a means of further understanding the dynamics of geochemical analysis.

As a student research assistant, I intend to take full advantage of every opportunity provided by the university that will prepare me for my future as an exploration geologist.

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