Brenhin Keller

  • Program Years: 2012-2016
  • Academic Institution: Princeton University
  • Field of Study: Geochemistry and Geochronology
  • Academic Advisor: Blair Schoene
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2014)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, 2010
    M.A. Geosciences, Princeton University, 2012
    PhD Geosciences, Princeton University, 2016

Current Status

  • Status: Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College
  • Research Area: Geochemistry and Geochronology
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Schoene, B., Eddy, M.P., Samperton, K.M., Keller, C.B., Keller, G., Adatte, T., & Khadri, S.F.R. (2019). U-Pb constraints on pulsed eruption of the Deccan Traps across the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Science 363 (6429), 862-866.

Keller, C.B., Husson, J.M., Mitchell, R.N., Bottke, W.F., Gernon, T.M., Bell, E.A., Swanson-Hysell, N.L., & Peters, S.E. (2019). Neoproterozoic glacial origin of the Great Unconformity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (4), 1136-1145.

Keller, C.B., Schoene, B., & Samperton, K.M. (2018) A Stochastic Sampling Approach to Zircon Eruption Age Interpretation. Geochemical Persectives Letters 8, 31-35

Parsons-Davis, T. et al. (2018) New measurement of the 238U decay constant with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 4, 1-11.

Boehnke, P., Bell, E.A., Stephan, T., Trappitsch, R., and Keller, C.B., Pardo, O.S., Davis, A.M., Harrison, T.M, and Pellin, M.J. (2018) Potassic, high-silica Hadean crust. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (25) 6353-6356.

Stolper, D.A. & Keller, C.B. (2018). A record of deep-ocean dissolved O2 from the oxidation state of iron in submarine basalts. Nature 553, 323-327.

Keller, C.B. & Schoene, B. (2018) Plate tectonics and continental basaltic geochemistry throughout Earth history. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 481, 290-304.

Samperton, K.M., Bell., E.A., Barboni., M., Keller, C.B., and Schoene, B. (2017) Zircon age-temperature compositional spectra in plutonic rocks. Geology 45 (11), 983-986.

Schaen, A.J., Cottle, J.M., Singer, B.S., Garbaldi, N., Keller, C.B., and Schoene, B. (2017) Complementary crystal accumulation and rhyolite melt segregation in late Miocene Andean plutons. Geology 45 (9), 835-838.

Keller, C.B., Boehnke, P., and Schoene, B. (2017) Temporal variation in relative zircon abundance throughout Earth history. Geochemical Perspectives Letters 3, 179-189.

Barboni, M., Boehnke, P., Keller, C.B., Kohl, I., Schoene, B., Young, E.D., and McKeegan, K.D. (2017) Early Formation of the Moon 4.51 billion years ago. Science Advances 3, e1602365.

Deering, C., Keller, C.B., Schoene, B., Bachmann, O., Beane, R., & Ovtcharova, M. (2016) Zircon Record of the Plutonic-Volcanic Connection and Protracted Rhyolite Melt Extraction. Geology 44 (4), 267-270.

Keller, C.B., Schoene, B., & Johnston, D.T. (2015). A Global Record of Surface Earth Oxygenation from Sedimentary V/Sc. AGU Fall Meeting

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 417, 322-340.

Keller, C.B., McCulloch, C. & Schoene, B. (2015). New Constraints from Field Mapping and U-Pb TIMS Geochronology on the Magmatic History of the Needle Mountains Proterozoic Complex, Southwestern Colorado. GSA Annual Meeting. Abstract in GSA Abstracts with Programs 47(7).

Keller, C.B., Schoene, B. & Boehnke, P. (2015). Temporal variation in average zircon saturation temperature over last 4 Gyr. V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. Abstract in Goldschmidt Abstracts 2015, 1545.

C. Brenhin Keller, Blair Schoene, Melanie Barboni, Kyle M. Samperton, and Jon M. Husson (2015). Volcanic-plutonic parity and the differentiation of the continental crust. Nature 523: 301-307, doi:10.1038/nature14584

Chad Deering, Blair Schoene, C. Brenhin Keller, Olivier Bachmann, Rachel Beane, and Maria Ovtcharova (2014). Zircon Record of the Plutonic-Volcanic Connection and Protracted Rhyolite Melt Extraction at Turkey Creek Caldera, Arizona. American Geophysical Union 2014 Fall Meeting

Keller, B., and Schoene, B. (2014). Insights into the Formation of Archean Crust from Statistical Geochemistry of the Archean-Proterozoic Transition. 2014 V.M. Goldschmidt Conference

C. Brenhin Keller, Blair Schoene, Kyle M. Samperton, Melanie Barboni, and Jonathan M. Husson (2013). A statistical approach to the volcanic-plutonic connection. American Geophysical Union 2013 Fall Meeting

Schoene, Blair, Samperton, Kyle M., Barboni, Melanie, And Keller, C. Brenhin (2013). Advances in Understanding the Timescales of Magmatic Processes from High-precision U-Pb Geochronology. Geological Society of America 125th Annual Meeting

Keller, B., Schoene, B., Samperton, K., Barboni, M., Gronewold, J., and Husson, J. (2013). A Statistical Approach to the Volcanic-Plutonic Connection. 2013 V.M. Goldschmidt Conference

Schoene, B. and Keller, C.B. (2012). Keynote: Multi-Scale Geochemical Time Series Constraints on Archean Lithosphere Formation. 2012 V.M. Goldschmidt Conference

Keller, C.B. and Schoene, B. (2012). Secular Geochemical Evolution Linked to Atmospheric Oxidation. 2012 V.M. Goldschmidt Conference

Keller, C. Brenhin and Schoene, Blair (2012). Statistical geochemistry reveals disruption in secular lithospheric evolution 2.5 Gyr ago. Nature 485: 490-493, doi:10.1038/nature11024

Keller, C. Brenhin and Schoene, Blair. (2011). Statistical geochemistry links mantle cooling, lithospheric evolution, and the rise of atmospheric oxygen ca. 2.5 billion years ago. Princeton Graduate Geosciences Symposium.

Samperton, Kyle, Schoene, Blair, and Keller, C. Brenhin. Probing the spatiotemporal assembly of lower crustal plutons: an integrated approach from the Bergell Intrusion, Central Alps. Princeton Graduate Geosciences Symposium.

Keller, C. Brenhin. (2010). Chemical Constraints on the Origin of the Frailes Volcanic Complex in the Central Andean Altiplano Plateau, Bolivia. Bachelor's Thesis. Suzanne Mahlburg Kay, Advisor.

Suzanne Mahlburg Kay, Christopher Brenhin Keller, Beatriz Coira, Nestor Jimenez, and Pablo J. Caffe. (2010). Chemistry of Post 12 Ma Los Frailes Volcanic Complex Ignimbrites in Bolivia and the Role of Magmatism in the Uplift of the Central Andean Altiplano Plateau. AGU Fall Meeting.

Keller, C. Brenhin. (2010). Chemical Constraints on the Origin of the Frailes Giant Volcanic Complex in the Central Andean Altiplano Plateau, Bolivia. Cornell Undergraduate Research Board 25th Annual Spring Research Forum.

Keller, C. Brenhin. (2010). Chemical Constraints on the Origin of the Frailes Volcanic Complex in the Central Andean Altiplano Plateau, Bolivia. Cornell University Andes-Himalaya Seminar.

Heather M. Edvenson, Qin Zhou, C. Brenhin Keller, Rumi R. Sologuren and Francis J. DiSalvo. (2009). "Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal Doped Ti(1-x)O2" New York State Future Energy Symposium.

Hunting, Janet L., Szymanski, Marta M., Johnson, Philip E., Keller, C. Brenhin, and DiSalvo, Francis J. (2006). The synthesis and structural characterization of the new ternary nitrides: Ca4TiN4 and Ca5NbN5. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 180, 31-40.


Arnold Guyot Teaching Award
Princeton University Centennial Fellowship
Bachelor of Science summa cum laude with Distinction in Research, Cornell University
Frank H.T. Rhodes Award
Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Excellence Award
Ann S. and Robert R. Morley Student Research Grant