Ashley Cocciadiferro

Ashley Cocciadiferro
  • MS Student, Tectonics

Contact Info

Slawson Hall, room 170


Advisor: Noah McLean


B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


I am interested in trace element partitioning in zircon. My research will look to understand partitioning of U and Th under a wide variety of magmatic environments in experimentally grown crystals. Th tends to be preferentially excluded from zircon’s crystal structure, so an estimated Th-correction is currently applied to calculate accurate ages. By understanding the conditions that affect U and Th partitioning between crystal and melt, we can apply more accurate and precise Th-corrections based on magmatic conditions. This will help increase precision for young crystals (<66 Ma) by constraining the Th-correction.