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Jake Ross

Jake Ross
Research Scientist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-5081
(575) 835-6333 fax


New Mexico Tech, NM — Ph.D Geochronology, 2014
Dissertation: Geochronology of Southern McMurdo Sound and development of Pychron: A 40Ar/39Ar data collection and processing software suite.

New Mexico Tech, NM — M.Sc Geochemistry, 2009
Thesis: 40Ar/39Ar Chronology of volcanic events in the AND-1B drillcore – implications for age models and glacial history of the Ross Embayment

McGill University, QC — B.Sc Earth and Planetary Science, 2006


Research Scientist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology — 2016—Present
Advancing software, hardware and analytical procedures for noble gas mass spectrometry and Ar-Ar geochronology.

Consultant, Pychron Labs LLC — 2015—Present
Founder and principal developer for Pychron Labs LLC, a small consulting firming provide custom scientific software for noble gas mass spectrometry.

Network Administrator, New Mexico Bureau of Geology — 2015—Present
Day to day network administration for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology, an organization of ~70 geoscientists and staff. Network setup and management for New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory.

Post-Doctoral Researcher, NMGRL — 2014—Present
Post-doctoral researcher at the New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory. Responsibilities include, software developer/advisor, network/database admin, design and fabrication of custom scientific tools, such as a Diode Laser Furnace.

Python Instructor, New Mexico Tech; Socorro, NM — 2014
Taught the CS/IT 107 course “Introduction to Computer Programming with Python”. Semi-weekly 90 minute lectures and weekly 3 hour labs.

Research Assistant, NMGRL — 2006–2014
Research assistant at the New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory. Developed multiple software products that are now used globally, for example, Pychron, a full featured data acquisition and processing suite for Ar-Ar thermo-geochronology.

Selected Publications

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  1. Ross, J. I. and McIntosh, W. C., 2012. Hardware and Software Interfacing at New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory: Distributed Control Using Pychron and RemoteControlServer.cs. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts p. 1501
  2. Ross, J. I., McIntosh, W. C., and Wilch, T.I., 2012. Detailed Ar-Ar Geochronology of Volcanism at Minna Bluff, Antarctica: Two-Phased Growth and Influence on Ross Ice Shelf. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts p. 578
  3. Ross, J. I., McIntosh, W. C., and Dunbar, N. W., 2012. Development of a precise and accurate age–depth model based on 40Ar/39Ar dating of volcanic material in the ANDRILL (1B) drill core, Southern McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Global and Planetary Change, v96-97, p. 118-130
  4. Naish, T. R., Powell, R. D., Barrett P. J., Levy, R. H., Henrys, S., Wilson, G. S., Krissek, L. A., Niessen, F., Pompilio, M., Ross, J. I., Scherer, R., Talarico, F., Pyne, A., and the ANDRILL-MIS Science team. 2008. Late Cenozoic climate history of the Ross Embayment from the AND-1B drill hole: Culmination of three decades of Antarctic margin drilling." Antarctica: Keystone in a Changing World. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences. Washington DC: The National Academic Press. 
  5. Ross, J. I., McIntosh, W. C., and Dunbar, N. W., 2007. A-2 Preliminary 40Ar/39Ar results from the AND-1B core. The 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences.
  6. Wilson, G. S., Levy, R. H., Browne, G., Florindo, F., Henrys, S. A., Graham, I., McIntosh, W. C., McKay, R. M., Naish T. R., Ohneiser, C., Powell, R. D., Ross, J. I., Sagnotti, L., Scherer, R., Sjunneskog, C., Strong, C. P., Taviani, M., and Winter D. A-3 Preliminary chronostratigraphy for the upper 700 m (upper Miocene-Pleistocene) of the AND-1B drillcore recovered from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica. The 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences.
  7. Wilson, G., Levy, R., Browne, G., Dunbar, N., Florindo, F., Henry, S., Graham, I., McIntosh, W., McKay, R., Naish, T., Ohneiser, C., Powell, R., Ross, J., Sagnotti, L., Scherer, R., Sjunneskog, C., Strong, C.P., Taviani, M., Winter, D., and the ANDRILL MIS Science Team, 2007. Preliminary integrated chronostratigraphy of the AND-1B Core, ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf Project, Antarctica. Terra Antarctica 14, p. 297-316.

Field Experience

  • New Mexico and Colorado, US, 2006-Present
  • Minna Bluff, Southern McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, 2007-2008
  • Mt. Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica, 2006-2007
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania, Africa, 2006
  • International Volcanology Field Camp, Kamchatka, Russia, 2005

Proposals Funded

  • National Science Foundation Grant, “Continued development of Pychron for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology”, $112,356 2015-2016


  • David Harrington Memorial Prize for Geochemistry, McGill University, 2006


  • Python, Django, Numpy, Scipy, Matplotlib, PySide, Qt, Enthought Tool Suite
  • MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Software/Hardware interface, Data acquisition, Data management, UX
  • Machine vision
  • Unix/Mac/Linux
  • PIC Microcontrollers/Arduino/RaspberryPI
  • Network management
  • 2D/3D CAD