AIRIE Mission Statement

To set an example for ethical practices,
To pursue excellence in science and technology,
To seek global applications for fundamental discoveries,
To advance the geosciences for the benefit of Earth and her inhabitants.

We will accomplish these goals by diligence and creativity, by engaging
other disciplines, embracing new ideas, and respecting diverse perspectives.
Re-Os Geochronology and Os Isotope Tracer Studies
Applied to Sulfides, Black Shales, and Hydrocarbons

Re-Os geochemistry enlightens our understanding of how metal and
HYDROCARBON resources are created and where they are located.


Our work with the petroleum industry includes direct dating of organic material held in potential source rocks, or as migrated hydrocarbon. This is achieved through analysis of the hydrogenous component in black shales, or direct analysis of oils or bitumen. Re-Os analyses of hydrocarbons are used to build models for timing of maturation and pathways of migration. Our work on sulfides and organic material in carbonaceous shales helps calibrate Earth’s timescale, determine rates for sedimentologic, bio-evolutionary, and tectonic processes, and gives perspective on ancient climates, oceans, global correlation of fauna, and atmospheric evolution.
Searching for hydrocarbon in Svalbard   Examining IKU core at SINTEF in Trondheim