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Dr. Nels Iverson

Dr. Nels Iverson
Geochemist-Microbeam Analyst
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

I have a joint position between the NMBGMR and the Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department at NMT as a research scientist and micro-analytical lab manager, respectively. I actively work in the New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory and Electron Microprobe labs. I also have been operating and improving the analytical capabilities of the MTLS Department’s scanning electron microscopy lab. At present we have two operational SEMs (Hitachi S-3200N and Hitachi S4800 FE-SEM).

My research interests include using geochemistry and geochronology of volcanic products in a wide range of geologic environments to understand the spatial and temporal relationships of evolving landscapes. Most of my research takes place in Antarctica characterizing volcanic ash trapped in ice. I am working on several projects in Ethiopia working on chronology relevant to the Hominid evolution in the Afar. Recently, I have been working in the Corudas Mountains in south-central New Mexico. An important suite of Eocene REE-bearing alkaline intrusions and the northern extent of the larger Trans-Pecos magmatic province.

(See Curriculum Vitae)



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  1. Relevant Publications:
  2. Dunbar, N.W., Iverson, N.A., Van Eaton, E., Sigl, M. McConnell, J., Alloway, B., Wilson, C. 2017. New Zealand super-eruption provides time marker for Last Glacial Maximum in Antarctica. Scientific Reports, 7, 12238. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11758-0.
  3. Iverson, N.A., Kalteyer, D., Dunbar, N.W., Kurbatov, A. and Yates, M., 2017a. Advancements and best practices for analysis and correlation of tephra and cryptotephra in ice. Quaternary Geochronology, 40: 45-55.
  4. Iverson, N.A., Lieb-Lappen, R., Dunbar, N.W., Obbard, R., Kim, E., & Golden, E. 2017b. The first physical evidence of subglacial volcanism under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Scientific Reports, 7, 11457.
  5. Recent Publications:
  6. Schiller, C., Whitlock, C., Elder, K., Iverson, N., & Abbott, M. (2021). Erroneously old radiocarbon ages from terrestrial pollen concentrates in Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, USA: Radiocarbon. Radiocarbon, 63(1), 321-342. doi:10.1017/RDC.2020.118
  7. Hartman L., Kurbatov, A.V., Davies, S.M., Dunbar, N.W., Fudge, T.J., Iverson, N.A., Winski, D.A., Fegyveresi, J., and Yates, M.G. 2019. SPICE Ice Core Cryptotephra Geochemistry Study of 1450’s Kuwae Interval. Scientific Reports, 9, 14437
  8. Lee, M. J., Kyle, P. R., Iverson, N. A., Lee, J. I., & Han, Y. 2019. Rittmann volcano, Antarctica as the source of a widespread 1252±2 CE tephra layer in Antarctica ice. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 521, 169-176.
  9. Oppenheimer, C., Khalidi, L., Gratuze, B., Iverson, N., Lane, C., Vidal, C., Sahle, Y., Blegen, N., Yohannes, E., Donovan, A. and Goitom, B., 2019. Risk and reward: explosive eruptions and obsidian lithic resource at Nabro volcano (Eritrea). Quaternary Science Reviews, 226, p.105995.
  10. Schiller, M., Dickinson, W.W., Iverson, N.A. and Baker, J. A. 2019. A re-evaluation of the Hart Ash, an important stratigraphic marker: Wright Valley, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 31(3),139-149 doi:10.1017/S0954102019000129
  11. Winski, D. A., Fudge, T. J., Ferris, D. G., Osterberg, E. C., Fegyveresi, J. M., Cole-Dai, J., Thundercloud, Z., Cox, T. S., Kreutz, K. J., Ortman, N., Buizert, C., Epifanio, J., Brook, E. J., Beaudette, R., Severinghaus, J., Sowers, T., Steig, E. J., Kahle, E. C., Jones, T. R., Morris, V., Aydin, M., Nicewonger, M. R., Casey, K. A., Alley, R. B., Waddington, E. D., Iverson, N. A., Dunbar, N. W., Bay, R. C., Souney, J. M., Sigl, M., and McConnell, J. R. 2019. The SP19 chronology for the South Pole Ice Core – Part 1: volcanic matching and annual layer counting, Climate of the Past, 15, 1793–1808,, 2019.