Earth and Planets Lab at Goldschmidt 2020

Goldschmidt 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020 

This week, Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) scientists will be presenting their science at the 30th annual Goldschmidt conference, the world’s foremost geochemistry meeting.

Organized by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, this conference offers an opportunity for researchers to stay up-to-date, share their work, and collaborate with colleagues from around the world. This year, thanks to COVID-19, the entire conference will be held online. 

At this year’s conference, EPL Director Richard Carlson will be formally presented with the prestigious V.M. Goldschmidt Award, the Geochemical Society’s highest honor. Carlson is being recognized for his fundamental contributions to establishing the age of the lunar crust, determining the difference in Nd isotopic abundance between chondrites and Earth, and the unraveling of Earth’s early timeline.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:00 PM. Along with the award, Carlson will present, “The Impact of Early Earth Differentiation on the Modern World.”

Including Carlson’s award presentation, there will be 11 talks and workshops led by EPL scientists over the course of the week. Find the full Earth and Planets Laboratory presentation schedule below. If you’re attending the conference yourself, we encourage you to add these presentations to your conference agenda.

Only registered attendees will be able to view the presentations. Presentations are listed in order of time and date.

Presentation Schedule


Earth Science meets Data Science - Services & Systems, Policies & Procedures, Tools & Techniques for Geochemistry
Monday from 10 AM - 3 PM
Presented by Shaunna Morrison

Microscale Hydrogen and Nitrogen Isotopic Distributions in Pristine CM Chondrite Asuka 12236
Monday at 7:48 PM
Presented by Larry Nittler


13CDH3 and 12CD2H2 Geothermometers Record Thermogenic CH4 Rising along Active Faults from Depths of 5, 6.5, and 8 km
Tuesday at 3:21 PM
Presented by Doug Rumble

Goldschmidt Award Presentation: The Impact of Early Earth Differentiation on the Modern World
Tuesday at 5:00 PM
Presented by Richard Carlson

Oceanic Crust Accumulation at the CMB and its Interactions with a Primordial Reservoir
Tuesday at 5:36 PM
Presented by Tim Jones


Assessing the Classification of Presolar Silicon Carbide Grains Using Cluster Analysis
Wednesday at 5:00 PM 
Presented by Asmaa Boujibar

An Integrated Machine Learning Approach Reveals Geochemical Controls on Microbial Electron-Transfer Protein Abundance
Wednesday at 5:06 PM
Presented by Joy Buongiorno

An Evolutionary System of Mineralogy: Employing Mineral Data to Elucidate the Co-evolution of the Geo- and Biosphere
Wednesday at 5:09 PM
Presented by Robert Hazen

Mineral Affinity Analysis: Predicting Unknown Mineral Occurrences with Machine Learning
Wednesday at 5:24 PM
Presented by Shaunna Morrison

Age and Depth of Oceanic Slab-Derived Diamonds and the Formation of Archean Subcontinental Mantle
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Presented by Steve Shirey

The First Enzymes? Roles of Mineral–molecule Interactions in the Origins of Life
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Presented by Robert Hazen

Don’t see your presentation listed here? Contact Katy Cain at to add your talk to the list.

All EPL abstracts can be found on this spreadsheet >>