Dr. Peter Barry - Noble Gas Geochemist

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Academic and Employment History

2004 The State University of New York at Geneseo, USA – B.A. Geological Sciences

2005-2006 Groundwater Remediation and Sampling Specialist – Blaine Tech Services

2008 The University of Tokyo, Japan – AORI – visiting researcher (NSF EAPSI Fellow)

2011 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, USA – M.S. Oceanography

2006-2012 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, USA – Ph.D. Earth Sciences

2012-2014 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA (NSF EAR-Postdoctoral Fellow)

2014-Present University of Oxford, UK – Department of Earth Sciences, Postdoctoral Research Associate


Fellowships and Funding

-Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Field Focus Site Award: Biology Meets Subduction: A Collaborative and Multi-disciplinary Deep Carbon Field Initiative, 2016-2019

-EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund: Developing soil gas surveying techniques to guide helium resource recovery in Tanzania, 2016-2017 

-NSF EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship: A Petrological and Nitrogen Isotope Study of Crustal Recycling Through Time, 2012-2014

-UCSD President’s Dissertation Fellow, 2011-2012

-NSF EAPSI Fellow, 2008

-Research and Teaching Assistant Fellowship and Tuition Fee Stipend, UCSD, 2007-2011


Press Releases

-Deep Carbon Observatory: Carbon Dioxide Content of the Icelandic Mantle

-UCSD Research Highlights: Seething History 


Formal Presentations

-Invited speaker – University of Oxford – Brown bag lunch seminar, May 2017

-Invited speaker – Keynote Speaker: DTP Solid Earth Stream Conference, April 2017

-Invited speaker –Third DCO International Science Meeting, March 2017

-Invited speaker – University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences, March 2017

-Invited speaker – Cornell University, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Dept., March 2017

-Invited speaker – Carnegie Institution – Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, October 2016

-Invited speaker – Smithsonian – National Museum of Natural History, October 2016

-Goldschmidt Conference (Yokohama) – research presentation, June 2016

-DINGUE Conference (Nancy) – research presentation, April 2016

-Invited speaker – University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences, October, 2015

-Invited speaker – University of St. Andrews, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science, October, 2015

-University of the Azores: Deep Carbon Observatory Early Career Scientist Meeting, September 2015

-Goldschmidt Conference (Prague) – research presentation, August 2015

-Invited speaker – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 2015

-Invited speaker – University of Oxford – Brown bag lunch seminar, February 2015

-Invited speaker – ‘Hot Stuff’ Seminar, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, November 2014

-Goldschmidt Conference (Sacramento) - research presentation, June 2014

-AGU Fall meeting – research presentation, December 2013

-Goldschmidt Conference (Florence) - research presentation, August 2013

-DINGUE Conference (Florence) – research presentation, August 2013

-LPSC – research presentation, March 2013

-Invited speaker – University of Tennessee, Klepser Seminar, September 2012

-Invited speaker – Scripps Inst. of Oceanography – Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory Seminar, April 2012

-International Conference on Gas Geochemistry (San Diego) – research presentation, December 2011

-Goldschmidt Conference (Prague) - research presentation, August 2011

-DINGUE Conference (Paris) – research presentation, August 2011

-Invited guest lecturer for SIO 251 - Whole Earth Geochemistry, June 2011

-Invited speaker at Caltech - Geology Club seminar series, May 2011

-CIDER workshop participant and presenter – July 2010

-AGU Fall meeting – research presentation, December 2009


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant:

-Introduction to Geology (GSCI 101) - 2004

-Environmental Perils (ESYS 150) - 2008-2009

-Structural Geology (SIO 162) - 2010

-Geology of National Parks (SIO 16) – 2011

Co-teacher for Graduate Level Seminars:

-Mantle Petrology Seminar (GEOL 630) - 2012

-Phase Equilibira Seminar (GEOL 630) - 2013

-Thermodynamics Seminar (GEOL 630) – 2014


Graduate Student Advising Experience

-PhD supervisor of Rebecca Tyne (University of Oxford) – 2016-Present

-PhD supervisor of David Byrne (University of Oxford) – 2014-Present


Field Research Experience

-Nicaragua 2017: Sampling fluids, gases and lavas from Telica Volcano
-Costa Rica 2017: Lead PI on DCO funded ‘Biology Meets Subduction’ field expedition
-Tanzania 2016: Testing portable mass spectrometer on high He seeps
-Lost Hills, California 2016: Produced water, oil and gas sampling
-Papua New Guinea 2016: Volcanic gas sampling
-Bakersfield, California 2016: Groundwater and oil and gas sampling
-Tanzania 2016: High helium natural seep sampling
-West Texas & Louisiana 2016: Methane sample collection
-Tanzania 2015: High helium natural seep sampling
-South Texas 2015: Methane sample collection
-Northern Germany 2014: Methane sample collection
-Southern California 2014: Groundwater sampling in the Santa Barbara Basin
-Costa Rica 2014: Deployment of SPARTAH; collection of geothermal fluids and groundwaters
-Panama 2013: Groundwater sampling in the volcanic forearc
-Central California 2014: Groundwater sampling along the San Andreas Fault
-China 2011: Sampling of volcanic fluids and gases
-Costa Rica 2010: Sampling fluids and gases
-Tanzania 2009: Sampling lavas, xenoliths, geothermal fluids and gases
-Japan 2008: Sampling geothermal gases
-California: Deployment of SPARTAH; collection of geothermal fluids and groundwaters
-Mascarene islands 2007: Sampling of lavas and xenoliths
-Central Indian Ridge 2007: SIO Knox11 research cruise (R/V Revelle) - Dredging for glasses
-Iceland 2007: Test deployment of SPARTAH; Sampling of lavas, xenoliths and geothermal fluids
-Costa Rica & El Salvador 2007: Sampling geothermal fluids and gases; Mini-DOAS: SO2 fluxes


Community/Administrative Activities

Proposal Reviewer:

-National Science Foundation

Journal Reviewer:

-Geochimica Cosmochimica et Acta

-Chemical Geology

-Journal of Volcanology Geothermal Research

-Mineralogy and Petrology

-Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

-Geology, Geophysics, and Geosystems


Synergistic Activities

-Outreach lecturer at “The Gillispie school” 2007

-Former president of the Scripps Academic Club, 2008-2012

-Former student representative for the Geoscience Research Division at SIO 2009-2012

-GK12 outreach program participant, connecting high school teachers with current scientific endeavours in our laboratory 2012-2014

-Invited outreach lecturer at “San Diego Continuing Education” 2014

-Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Early Career Scientist (ECS) representative for Deep Energy 2015


Recent collaborators

-Prof. Chris Ballentine, University of Oxford, UK (Post-doc Mentor).

-Prof. Lawrence Taylor, University of Tennessee, USA (Post-doc Mentor).

-Prof. David Hilton, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA (Ph.D. Advisor).

-Prof. James Day, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA.

-Prof. Tobias Fischer, University of New Mexico, USA.

-Prof. Karl Grönvold, Nordic Volcanological Institute, Iceland.

-Prof. Yuji Sano, Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, Japan.

-Prof. Karl Karlstrom, University of New Mexico, USA.

-Dr. Saemi Halldórsson, Nordic Volcanological Institute, Iceland.

-Dr. Justin Kulongoski, USGS, USA.

-Dr. Evelyn Füri, CRPG Nancy, France.

-Dr. Geoff Howarth, University of Tennessee, USA.

-Dr. John Pernet-Fisher, University of Tennessee, USA.

-Dr. Michael Lawson, ExxonMobile, USA.