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About Edward S. Grew

My current research focuses on the minerals of boron and beryllium and the role of these two elements in the changes rocks undergo at high temperatures and pressures in the earth’s crust, especially in the granulite facies. More recently, I have developed an interest in phosphate minerals, having discovered three new species in the Larsemann Hills, Prydz Bay , Antarctica (Figure 1), and one of these has turned up in a meteorite. Following the tradition of the late Charles Guidotti, formerly a professor in our department, I describe my research as “petrologic mineralogy” because I study minerals in their petrologic context. Work with light elements requires special techniques so an integral component of my research is analysis for Li, Be and B in minerals with the ion microprobe (secondary ion mass spectrometry). I do these analyses in collaboration with Charles Shearer at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque In August, 2009 I was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze borosilicate minerals for boron isotopes with the ion microprobe in collaboration with Simon Harley at the University of Edinburgh, UK.


Present Research Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences


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Phone: 207-581-2169
Fax: 207-581-2202
Department of Earth Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Room 127
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5790


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