Wayne Premo

Biography

Wayne R. Premo is a member of the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Denver, Colorado. Wayne obtained his undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1977 and his Master's Degree in Geology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 1984. Hired by the US Geological Survey in 1984, he worked first as the laboratory manager for Dr Mitsunobu Tatsumoto under the Upper Mantle Research Project within the USGS. At that time, he oversaw the work of many post-doc visitors to Tatsumoto's laboratories including Patrick E Smith (Toronto, Canada), Yoichi Nakamura (Utsunomiya, Japan), Jun-wen Wang (Guanghou, China), Asish Basu (U Rochester NY), Keiji Misawa (Kobe, NIPR, Tokyo, Japan), Marc Brouxel (Metz, France), C. Mark Fanning (ANU, Canberra, Australia), Holly Stein (Colorado State U), Noriko Kita (U Wisconsin) among others. Subsequently he did his first research on a variety of lunar samples, investigating the various Pb isotopic components of Moon rocks and later meteorites. He was promoted to research grade in 1993, continuing to work on lunar samples for the next 4 years, but adding terrestrial research to the palette. Among the many projects he was involved in over the next 20 years, a few standout: U-Pb zircon geochronology and Pb-Sr-Nd isotopic work on the Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California; Age and origin of the Greens Creek Mine, Admiralty Island, Alaska; Pb-Sr studies of the MVT ore deposits of the Cevennes Region, southern France, U-Pb zircon geochronology and Pb-Sr-Nd isotopic work of the Proterozoic Colorado Province; and Age and origin of the Mountain Pass REE deposit, southern California.                          

 

Selected Chapters and Abstracts

Premo, Wayne R., Moscati, Richard J., McGrew, A.J., and Snoke, A.W., 2014, New U-Pb zircon geochronology of Precambrian paragneisses and Late Phanerozoic orthogneisses of the Angel Lake – Lizzies Basin region of the East Humboldt Range, northeastern Nevada: A comparison with the thermal chronology at Lamoille Canyon in the adjacent Ruby Mountains. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, vol. 46, No. 5, p. 33.

Neymark, L., Premo, W., Peterman, Z.E., and Emsbo, P. 2014. Stable Sr isotopic composition (δ88Sr) as a new hydrological tracer: a Williston Basin example. Goldschmidt Conference, Sacramento, CA, June 8-13, 2014. Goldschmidt Abstracts, 1799.

Premo, W.R., Morton, D.M., and Fanning, C.M., 2014, U-Pb zircon geochronology of Cretaceous tonalitic plutons in the northern Peninsular Ranges batholith, southern California: Implications for the timing of Late Cretaceous tectonic evolution of the southern California-Baja region. in Morton, D.M. and Miller F., eds., Contributions to the Geology of the Peninsular Ranges Batholith, southern California. Geological Society of America Memoir 211, Chapter 4, p. 145-180.

Miller F.K., Morton D.M., and Premo, W.R., 2014, Potassium-Argon cooling ages in the northern Peninsular Ranges batholith and offsets on the Elsinore and San Jacinto Fault Zones, in Morton, D.M. and Miller F., eds., Contributions to the Geology of the Peninsular Ranges Batholith, southern California. Geological Society of America Memoir 211, Chapter 5, p. 181-198.

Morton, D.M., Miller, F.K., Kistler R.W., Premo, W. R., C-T. A. Lee, Langenheim, J.L., Wooden, J.L., Snee, L.W., Clausen, B.L., and Cossette, P.M., 2014, Framework and Petrogenesis of the northern Peninsular Ranges batholith. in Morton, D.M. and Miller F., eds., Contributions to the Geology of the Peninsular Ranges Batholith, southern California. Geological Society of America Memoir 211, Chapter 3, p. 61-143.

Jones, D.S., Mueller, P., and Premo, W.R., 2014, Growth of southwestern Laurentia by retreating, composite, oceanic arcs. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, vol. 46, No. 5, p. 18.

Vikre, Peter, Premo, Wayne R., and Cosca, Michael, 2014, Linkages between crustal stratigraphy, magmatic-hydrothermal evolution, and sources of components of gold-silver deposits and in the adjoining Goldfield and Tonopah districts, Nevada. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, vol. 46, No. 6, p. 259.

Neymark, L., Premo, W. and Emsbo, P., 2012, Paired 87Sr/86Sr - d88/86Sr values in Paleozoic conodonts (abstract) - presented at Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 24-29, 2012. 

McGrew, Allen J., and Premo, Wayne R., 2011, The Angel lake Gneiss Complex of northeastern Nevada and the southwestern limits of Archean to Paleoproterozoic basement in North of America: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 5, p. 435.

Amaya-Martínez, R., Poole, F.G., Premo, W.R., 2010, Depositional Setting and source of detrital zircons in the Permian Mina México foredeep in Sonora, México. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 267.

Premo, W.R., Poole, F.G., and Amaya-Martínez, R., 2010, Provenance of detrital zircons in Ordovician Iapetus Ocean-basin quartzites in Sonora, México. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 427.

Poole, F.G., Amaya-Martínez, R., Premo, W.R., Berry, W.B.N., Sandberg, C.A., Roldan-Quintana, J., and Herrera-Urbina, S., 2010, Age and depositional setting of deep-marine Ordovician Rio Fuerte and San Jose de Gracia Formations in northern Sinaloa, México: Remnants of the early Paleozoic Iapetus Ocean.  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 268.

DeWitt, E. H., Premo, W.R., Klein, T., 2010, The Early Proterozoic Poudre Basin, an important constraint of 1.77-1.73 Ga tectonic events in northern Colorado. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 654.

DeWitt, E. H., Premo, W.R., Klein, T., 2010, Factors controlling generation and distribution of 1400-Ma plutons in Colorado. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 654.

Premo, W.R., DeWitt, E. H., Kellogg, K.S., Klein, T., Cole, J.C., and Workman, J.B, 2010, Contrasting plutonic styles in the Paleoproterozoic of Colorado between ca. 1.725 and 1.69 Ga: Results from SHRIMP U-Pb zircon geochronology and major- and trace-element geochemistry. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 654.

Premo, W.R., DeWitt, E. H., Klein, T., Kellogg, K.S., Cole, J.C., and Workman, J.B, 2010,  Some of the oldest rocks in Colorado are rift-related? Results from SHRIMP U-Pb zircon geochronology and major- and trace-element geochemistry. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 654.

Premo, W.R. and Taylor, C.D., 2010, Radiogenic isotopic characterization and petrogenesis of host rocks to the Greens Creek deposit (Chapter 12) in Geology, geochemistry, and genesis of the Greens Creek massive sulfide deposit, Admiralty Island, southeastern Alaska: Taylor, C.D. and Johnson, C.A., eds. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1763, p. 335 - 365.

Premo, W.R., Taylor, C.D., Snee, L.W. and Harris, A.G., 2010, Microfossil and radioisotopic geochronological studies of the Greens Creek host rocks (Chapter 11) in Geology, geochemistry, and genesis of the Greens Creek massive sulfide deposit, Admiralty Island, southeastern Alaska: Taylor, C.D. and Johnson, C.A., eds. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1763, p. 283 - 333.

Taylor, C.D., Philpotts, John, Premo, W.R., Meier, A.L. and Taggart, J.E., Jr., 2010, The Late Triassic metallogenic setting of the Greens Creek massive sulfide deposit in southeastern Alaska (Chapter 2) in Geology, geochemistry, and genesis of the Greens Creek massive sulfide deposit, Admiralty Island, southeastern Alaska: Taylor, C.D. and Johnson, C.A., eds. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1763, p. 9 - 59.

Taylor, C.D., Premo, W.R., and Johnson, C.A., 2010, Sulfur and lead isotope characteristics of the Greens Creek polymetallic massive sulfide deposit, Admiralty Island, southeastern Alaska (Chapter 10) in Geology, geochemistry, and genesis of the Greens Creek massive sulfide deposit, Admiralty Island, southeastern Alaska: Taylor, C.D. and Johnson, C.A., eds. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1763, p. 237 - 282.

Howard, K.A., Wooden, J.L., Premo, Wayne R., Barnes, Calvin B., Snoke, A.W., and Lee, S.Y., 2009, Incremental Plutonic Assembly over Tens of Millions of Years? U-Pb Geochronology and Ghost Stratigraphy in Pegmatitic Granite, Ruby Mountains, Nevada. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7, p. 59.

McGrew, Allen J., Premo, Wayne R., Snoke, A.W., and Asher, Anthony, 2009, The Angel Lake Gneiss Complex Revisited: Precambrian Geology of the Northern East Humboldt Range, Elko County, Nevada. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7, p. 271.

Premo, W.R., Kellogg, K.S., Castineiras, P., Bryant, B. and Moscati, R.J., 2007, SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages and Nd signatures from central Colorado Front Range migmatites and related igneous rocks:  Implications for the timing and origin of crustal growth.  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 5, p. A36.

Emsbo, P, Breit, G., Koenig, A.E., Lowers, H.A., Premo, W.R. and Harris, A.G., 2006, Conodont apatite: a geochemical and isotopic time capsule of the paleocean?  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, no. 7, p. A183.

Premo, Wayne R., Howard, Keith A., and Castiñeiras, Pedro, 2005, New SHRIMP U-Pb Zircon Ages and Nd Isotopic Signatures for Plutonism in the northern Ruby - East Humboldt Ranges of NE Nevada: Implications for the Timing of Tertiary Core Complex Formation. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 359.

Premo, Wayne R. and Kellogg, Karl S., 2005, Timing and origin of Proterozoic Basement Rocks in the Sierra Nacimiento Region, NW New Mexico: Evidence from SHRIMP U-Pb Zircon Geochronology and Nd Isotopic Tracer Studies. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 6, p. 42.

Nourse, J.A and Premo, W.R., 2005, Proterozoic Basement in the Pinacate region of NW Sonora, Mexico: Possible Connections to Northeastern Australia? Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 4, p. 57.

Iriondo, A., Kunk, M.J., Premo, W.R. Martinez-Torres, L.M., and Atkinson, W.W., Jr., 2005, Laramide juxtaposition of the Caborca and "North America" Paleoproterozoic basement blocks in the Quitovac region, NW Sonora, Mexico, in Anderson, T. H., Nourse, J. A., McKee, J., and Steiner, M (eds.), The Mojave-Sonora Megashear Hypothesis: Development, Assessment, and Alternatives, Geological Society of America, Special Paper 393, Chapter 24, p. 631-669.

Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia, Premo, Wayne R., Aleinikoff, John N., 2005, Geochemical and Nd Isotopic Evidence for an Extending Continental-Margin Arc/Back Arc Setting for Peralkaline Rhyolite-hosted Massive Sulfide Deposits of the Bonnifield District, east-central Alaska. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 97.

Hofstra, A.H., Premo, W.R., Emsbo, P., Cline, J.S. and Aleinikoff, J.N., 2000, U-Th-Pb dating of hydrothermal minerals from Carlin-type gold deposits, Nevada -- results and evaluation. GSN 2000 Proceedings, p. 61-65.

Morton D.M., Premo W.R., Kistler R.W., Snee L., and Hammarstrom J., 2000, Structural and Mineralogic Changes across a Buchan Metamorphic Gradient, Peninsular Ranges Batholith, southern California: Setting and Structure (abstract): GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, no. 7, p. A-168.

Premo, W.R. and Fanning, C.M., 1999, U-Pb zircon ages for the Big Creek Gneiss, Wyoming and the Boulder Creek Batholith, Colorado:  implications for the timing of early Proterozoic accretion of the northern Colorado Province. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report  99-0321, pp. 19-20.

Premo, W.R., Tatsumoto, M., Misawa, K., Nakamura, N., and Kita, N., 1999, Pb Isotopic Systematics of Lunar Highland Rocks (>3.9 Ga): Constraints on Early Lunar Evolution.  In: Planetary Petrology and Geochemistry: The Lawrence A. Taylor 60th Birthday Volume, GSA International Book Series, Volume 2; Snyder G.A., Neal C.R., and Ernst W.G., eds., pp. 207-240.

Premo, W.R., Morton, D.M., Snee, L.W., Naeser, N.D. and Fanning, C.M., 1998, Isotopic ages, cooling histories, and magmatic origins for Mesozoic tonalitic plutons from the N. Peninsular Ranges batholith, s. California.  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-0209, 13 pp.

Premo, W.R. and Tatsumoto, M., 1995, Pb isotopic Systematics of Angrite Asuka 881371 (abstract): Antarctic Meteorites XX: Papers presented to the Twentieth Symposium on Antarctic Meteorites, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, v. 20, p. 204-206.

Van Schmus, W. R., Bickford, M. E., Bowring, S. A., and Premo, W. R., 1986, Early Proterozoic Zircon Chronology of N. America:  abstract in the Sixth International Conference on Geochronology, Cosmochronology, and Isotope Geology; Cambridge, England, p. 155.

Premo, W. R., 1984, U-Pb zircon geochronology of Early Proterozoic plutonism in N. Colorado and SE Wyoming:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 16, p. 251. The Ogden Tweto Memorial Symposium - invited talk