The stable isotope lab at Johns Hopkins University is centered around a Thermo MAT 253 isotope ratio mass spectrometer configured for CO2 (m/z 44-49), O2 (m/z 32-36), and other gases (N2, CO).  The lab presently specializes in four unique measurements: clumped isotopes in carbonate, triple oxygen isotopes in waters, triple oxygen isotopes in CO2 / carbonates, and d13C + d18O microanalysis of bioapatites by IR laser ablation. The lab is also capable of 'routine' C and O isotope analyses of small samples of carbonate (50 ug) and bioapatite (500 ug).  The lab has furnaces, ovens, centrifuges, microscopes, high P-T reaction vessels, and other supporting equipment for sample preparation and experimental geochemistry.  

MAT 253 mass spectrometer
Autoline (carbonate clumped-isotopes)
Water Fluorination Line (17O-excess)
IR laser ablation (d13C, d18O microanalysis)
Glass Extraction Line (multipurpose)
Naomi Levin (naomi.levin@jhu.edu)
Ben Passey (bhpassey@jhu.edu)

Naomi Levin (Principal Investigator)
Ben Passey (Principal Investigator)
Jessica Moerman (postdoc)
Huanting Hu (5th year PhD student)
Haoyuan Ji (5th year PhD student)
Sophie Lehmann (5th year PhD student)
Dana Brenner (4th year PhD student)
Nicole DeLuca (2nd year PhD student)

Shuning Li (PhD 2015, now postdoc at Rice University)
Greg Henkes (PhD 2014, now postdoc at Harvard University)
Marina Suarez (postdoc 2009-2011, now Asst. Prof. at University of Texas San Antonio).
Rebecca Kraft (PhD 2012, now at IAEA).
Zelalem Bedaso (postdoc 2011-2013, now lecturer at University of Dayton).


JHU Lab Results:
Recent Publications
Shenton et al. (2015) GSA Bulletin
Levin et al. (2015) PNAS
Li et al. (2015) GCA
Passey et al. (2014) GCA
Suarez et al. (2014) GCA
Henkes et al. (2014) GCA

Recent abstracts
(full listing)

Brenner & Passey (2016) - Clumped Isotope Wkshp
Brenner & Passey (2015) - AGU
Hu et al. (2015) - AGU
Lehmann et al. (2015) - GSA

ACS Petroleum Research Fund (2015-2017)
JHU Catalyst grant (2015-2016)
NSF BCS Archeology (2012-2015)
NSF EAR Geobio. / Low-T Geochem. (2012-2014)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund (2012-2014)
NSF BCS Physical Anthropology (2011-2014)
National Geographic Society (2011-2012)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund (2010-2012)
NSF BCS Archeology (2010-2012)