Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jennifer Matzel

Research Staff
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

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Ph.D. Geology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. Geological Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Geological Sciences
Saint Norbert College

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on developing a better understanding of the physical and chemical processes that shaped the origin of our solar system from the condensation of the first solid materials to the evolution of planetary bodies. I conduct this research primarily by measuring the chemical and isotopic compositions of primitive meteorites and cosmic dust using secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS and conventional ion probe). I apply similar techniques to develop new and better tools for nuclear forensics and attribution.


  • Excellence in Publication (2010, 2011), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Best Poster Award (2009), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Invited Presentation on Timescales of Magmatic Processes at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2007
  • Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001).

Selected Publications

Simon, J.I., Hutcheon, I.D., Simon, S.B., Matzel, J.E.P., Ramon, E.C., Weber, P.K., Grossman, L., and DePaolo, D.J., 2011, Oxygen Isotope Variations at the Margin of a CAI Records Circulation Within the Solar Nebula: Science, v. 331, p. 1175-1178.

Jacobsen, B., Matzel, J., Hutcheon, I.D., Krot, A.N., Yin, Q.-Z., Nagashima, K., Ramon, E.C., Weber, P.K., Ishii, H.A., and Ciesla, F.J., 2011, Formation of the Short-lived Radionuclide 36Cl in the Protoplanetary Disk During Late-stage Irradiation of a Volatile-rich Reservoir: The Astrophysical Journal, v. 731, p. L28.

Matzel, J., Ishii, H., Joswiak, D., Hutcheon, I.D., Bradley, J.P., Brownlee, D.E., Weber, P.K., Teslich, N., Matrajt, G., McKeegan, K.D., and MacPherson, G.J., 2010, Constraints on the Formation Age of Cometary Material from the NASA Stardust Mission: Science, v. 328, p. 483-486.

Memeti, V., Paterson, S., Matzel, J., Mundil, R., and Okaya, D., 2010, Magmatic lobes as "snapshots" of magma chamber growth and evolution in large, composite batholiths: An example from the Tuolumne intrusion, Sierra Nevada, California: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1912-1931.

Matzel, J., Bowring, S. A., and Miller, R. B., "Spatial and Temporal Variations in Nd Isotopic Signatures Across the Crystalline Core of the North Cascades, Washington," in Ophiolites, Arcs, and Batholiths, eds. J.E. Wright and J.W. Shervais, GSA Special Paper 438, doi: 10.1130/2008.2438(18) (2008).

Miller, J. S., Matzel, J., Miller, C. F., Burgess, S. D., and Miller, R. B., "Zircon Growth and Recycling During the Assembly of Large, Composite Arc Plutons," Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 167, 282-299 (2008).

Matzel, J., Bowring, S. A., and Miller, R. B., "Timescales of Pluton Construction at Differing Crustal Levels: Examples from the Mount Stuart Batholith and Tenpeak Pluton, North Cascades, Washington," GSA Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B2592 (2006).

Matzel, J., Bowring, S. A., and Miller, R. B., "Protolith Age of the Swakane Gneiss, North Cascades, Washington: Evidence of Rapid Underthrusting of Sediments Beneath an Arc," Tectonics 23, TC6009, doi: 10.1029/2003TC001577 (2004).

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