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Dr. Jake Ross

Dr. Jake Ross
Research Scientist II
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 am the principal developer and maintainer for pychron, a data collection and processing application for noble gas geochronology and geochemistry. I am interested in pushing the boundaries of noble gas geochronology via advances in software and hardware. My research focuses on developing software and hardware interfaces to facilitate and ease noble gas experimentation. However, recently I have shifted focus from geochronology to using small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for geoscience. The sUAS platforms we are developing are used for a variety of purposes, including generating detailed orthomosaics and 3D models, and collecting high-resolution thermal images and georeferenced environmental data.

In addition to my research at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and the New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory, I work with two Hydrology groups on campus: 1) the NM Aquifer Mapping program developing data processing software tools and 2) the NMT EES Hydrology department mentoring students on scientific programming.

(See Curriculum Vitae)


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 40Ar/39Ar 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.

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


  • 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


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

Proposals Funded

  • National Science Foundation Grant, “Collaborative Proposal: EarthCube Integration: Geochronology Frontier at the Laboratory-Cyberinformatics Interface". $1,449,662 2017-2020
  • National Science Foundation Grant, “Continued development of Pychron for 40Ar/39Ar geochronology”. $112,356 2015-2016


  • GEOC 516 Ar/Ar Geochronology 2018-Present
  • GEOC 517 Advanced Ar/Ar Geochronology 2018-Present
  • GEOC 567 Pratical Aspects of Ar/Ar Geochronology 2018-Present
  • CS/IT 113, Introduction to Programming 2015


(See Curriculum Vitae for more details)

  1. Bruck, Benjamin; Quinn, Daven P.; Singer, Brad S.; Jicha, Brian R.; Ross, Jake; Schaen, Allen., 2020. A Cyber Workflow for Collection, Management, and Exploration of
    40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Data.
  2. Quinn, Daven P.; Linzmeier, Ben J.; Sundell, Kurt E.; Bruck, Ben T.; Ye, Shan; Gehrels, George G.; Goring, Simon M.; Marcott, Shaun A.; Meyers, Stephen R.; Peters, Shanan E.; Ross, Jake I.; Schmitz, Mark D.; Singer, Brad S.; Williams, Jack W., 2020. The Sparrow software interface for linking analytical data and metadata
    in laboratory archives.
  3. Quinn, Daven Patel; Allen J., Schaen; Kurt, Sundell; George, Gehrels; Simon, Goring; Stephen R., Myers; Shanan, Peters; Jake, Ross; Mark, Schmitz; Brad S., Singer; Jack, Williams., 2019. Sparrow: a laboratory management software tool and distributed data infrastructure component for geochronology.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.