Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Kyle Samperton

Research Staff
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

 +1 925-422-9258

Ph.D. Geosciences
Princeton University
B.S. Geological Sciences
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Interests

In February 2017 I joined LLNL as a research staff member in the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures Group. With a background in geology and isotope geochemistry, I am interested in applying mass spectrometric principles to study a diversity of subjects, from geochronology of magmatic processes and mass extinctions to (more recently) nuclear forensic science, radiochronometry, and related problems of national defense. These fields are united by a demand for sustained excellence in analytical capability, and it is in working toward this goal that I am excited to contribute to fulfilling the Lab’s mission of strengthening U.S. security.

Honors and Awards

  • Spot Award, Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2017)
  • Annual Meeting and Expo Student Travel Grant, Geological Society of America (2013)
  • Graduate Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America (2012)
  • Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology Division Research Grant, Geological Society of America (2012)
  • Carolina Research Scholar, UNC–Chapel Hill (2010)
  • Dunlevie Undergraduate Honors Research Fund Grant, Honors Office, UNC–Chapel Hill (2010)
  • Grover E. Murray Field Camp Scholarship, Geological Sciences, UNC–Chapel Hill (2009)
  • Vic Johnson Field Camp Scholarship, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University (2009)


DesOrmeau, J.W., Gordon, S.M., Little, T.A., Bowring, S.A., Schoene, B., Samperton, K.M., & Kylander-Clark, A.R.C. (in review). Mantle to the near surface in 3 Myr: Exhumation of the Pliocene Papua New Guinea UHP terrane. Submitted to Journal of Petrology

Samperton, K.M., Bell, E.A., Barboni, M., Keller, C.B., & Schoene, B. (2017). Zircon age-temperature-compositional spectra in plutonic rocks: Geology, vol. 45, no. 11, pp. xxx–xxx, doi:1130/G38645.1

Samperton, K.M., Schoene, B., Cottle, J.M., Keller, C.B., Crowley, J.L., & Schmitz, M.D. (2015). Magma emplacement, differentiation and cooling in the middle crust: Integrated zircon geochronological–geochemical constraints from the Bergell Intrusion, Central Alps: Chemical Geology, vol. 417, pp. 322–340, doi:1016/j.chemgeo.2015.10.024

DesOrmeau, J.W., Gordon, S.M., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., Hacker, B.R., Bowring, S.A., Schoene, B., & Samperton, K.M. (2015). Insights into (U)HP metamorphism of the Western Gneiss Region, Norway: A high-spatial resolution and high-precision zircon study : Chemical Geology, vol. 414, pp. 138–155, doi:1016/j.chemgeo.2015.08.004

Keller, C.B., Schoene, B., Barboni, M., Samperton, K.M., & Husson, J.M. (2015). Volcanic-plutonic parity and the differentiation of the continental crust : Nature, vol. 523, no. 7560, pp. 301–307, doi:1038/nature14584

Schoene, B., Samperton, K.M., Eddy, M.P., Keller, G., Adatte, T., Bowring, S.A., Khadri, S.F.R., & Gertsch, B. (2015). U-Pb geochronology of the Deccan Traps and relation to the end-Cretaceous mass extinction: Science, vol. 347, no. 6218, pp. 182–184, doi:1126/science.aaa0118

Simon, N.S., Ali, A.A., Samperton, K.M., Korson, C.S., Fischer, K., & Hughs, M.L. (2013). Characterization of cyanophyte biomass in a Bureau of Reclamation reservoir: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1156, 59 pages, doi:10.3133/ofr20131156

Tappa, M.J., Coleman, D.S., Mills, R.D., & Samperton, K.M. (2011). The plutonic record of a silicic ignimbrite from the Latir volcanic field, New Mexico: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, vol. 12, no. 10, Q10011, doi:1029/2011GC003700