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Leah E Morgan, Ph.D.

Leah Morgan is a Research Geologist with the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center.

I joined the 40Ar/39Ar geochronology lab at the USGS in Denver, Colorado as a research geologist in 2015. I was previously a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009, and a BA from Carleton College in 2004. I was born and raised in Vermont.

I have worked on a range of applications and method development issues in 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. Applications have largely focused on questions in paleoanthropology and the geologic timescale. Method development projects include developing metrologically traceable systems for measuring absolute quantities of 40Ar and 40K, and the design of a mobile neutron source for the future in situ deployment of 40Ar/39Ar capabilities on planetary surfaces

USGS Service

  • 2020-present, USGS TRIGA Reactor Operating Committee
  • 2017-present, USGS Radiation Safety Committee
  • 2016-present, USGS Rocky Mountain Science Seminar Series Convener
  • 2018-2020 GGGSC Early Career Advisory Team, GGGSC

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