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
Scientific Interests and Expertise
  • Re-Os isotope geochemistry
  • Processes that create sulfides and ores
  • Metals and sulfur, crust and mantle
  • Re-Os dating of hydrocarbons and shales
  • Timescales and events in Earth history
  • Absolute time and biostratigraphy
  • Causes and correlation of mass extinctions
  • Tectonics and geochronology
  • Synergistic and holistic geoscience
The way to the village of Os, Norway
Memorable Accomplishment
Leader of the team that successfully developed the Re-Os chronometer in molybdenite. Sharing that discovery and technology with others.

Current Projects
Current projects span the petroleum and mineral industry from the Arctic to Australia. This combination gives the AIRIE Program an unprecedented advantage in holistically understanding fluids in the crust fluids that lead to ore deposits, fluids associated with maturation and migration of hydrocarbon, fluids in magmas, and fluids in sediments from the land surface to beneath the oceans.

Contact Information
As director and founder of the AIRIE Program, I am also a senior research scientist and professor in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University (CSU). AIRIE currently partnered with the CEED Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo.

The best way to contact me is by e-mail (

Mailing Address:
  Dr. Holly Stein, Senior Research Scientist & Professor
  Director, AIRIE Program, Colorado State University
  CEED Centre of Excellence, University of Oslo, Norway
  email, all locations:
  +1.970.491.4318 (office, CSU)
  + (office, CEED-UiO)
Gilsonite vein, Dragon Mine, Utah
Receipt of Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Award, 2008