Richard Moscati

Rick Moscati began his career as a geologist for the US EPA in 1990.  In 1991 he was hired by the USGS, Branch of Isotope Geology, and then transfered to the Yucca Mountain Project Branch in 1992 to assist with stable isotope studies related to the proposed nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain.


Rick Moscati is a geochemist with the USGS Yucca Mountain Project Branch, Denver, Colorado, and has been a member of the YMPB Geochemistry Team since 1992.  Rick is the PI of the Isotope and Chemical Monitoring of Precipitation study at Yucca Mountain, and also participated in a large-scale Great Basin precipitation study from 1993 to 1999.  Rick also provides the Geochemistry Team with research capabilities in the areas of:

  • stable isotope mass spectrometry of O, H, S, and C for numerous geologic materials and waters
  • fluid inclusion temperature determination of secondary mineralization
  • X-ray microfluorescence spectrometry and multispectral image analysis of secondary mineral abundance
  • cathode luminescence analysis

Collateral Duty Safety Officer for all Denver-based Yucca Mountain Project personnel and their labs In addition to his duties with the YMP, Rick also participates in many outside projects including:

  • providing laboratory support for U-Pb dating of zircon crystals for Afghanistan project
  • operating the SEM for mineral mapping for various projects
  • stable isotope support for Great Basin National Park, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Black Canyon (NV) studies
  • providing multispectral image analysis for Chalk River (Ontario) crystalline rocks