Daniel Sullivan

550 E. TYLER MALL PS-F WING, ROOM 686
TEMPE
Graduate Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6004

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
The College of Lib Arts & Sci

Biography

Campus Mailing Address: 

550 E. TYLER MALL PS-F WING, ROOM 686 
TEMPE, AZ 85287-1404

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I am a PhD student in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. My research explores the history of Earth and Mars with a particular interest in planetary habitability. To do this I work on two projects, one in isotope geochemistry and another in nuclear physics: 1) I apply novel and established techniques in isotope geochemistry to ancient rocks as a window to look at Earth millions-to-billions of years ago (advised by Ariel Anbar). 2) I examine Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) active-mode data from the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover to study Martian surface and shallow-subsurface conditions today along Curiosity's traverse (advised by Craig Hardgrove).

Some scientific interests include:
•Examining the relationship between the evolution of life and changes in the oxygenation of the
atmosphere and ocean.
•Increasing the utility of DAN and accuracy of data by: 1) including the surface geology (such as sand cover) along MSL's traverse into models, and 2) using geochemistry DAN is sensitive to to track underground geologic features such as high-silica layers.

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I have a M.Sc in Geology from the University of Houston advised by Dr. Alan Brandon. My thesis research was on oceanic anoxic event 2 (~95 Ma) where I collected highly siderophile element (Ru, Pd, Re, Os, Ir, Pt) concentrations and osmium isotope data from marine sedimentary rocks deposited during the event.

When I'm not in the lab I enjoy playing competitive video games. My main games are currently Destiny 2, Fortnite, Starcraft II, and league of legends. I used to be a semi-professional Halo player (Halo 2 and 3). 

Education

M.Sc Geology - University of Houston

B.Sc Geology - Ball State University

        Minor - Japanese

Research Interests

My research interests include space exploration and understanding Earth's history using geochemistry. I am particularly interested in the rise of O2 in Earth's atmosphere and past global warming events (e.g., oceanic anoxic event 2, paleocene-eocene thermal maximum) to help calibrate models for the future climate change based on what happened in the past.

Research Group

Member of Anbar Lab

Research Activity

Geochemistry, Isotope Geochemistry, Nuclear Physics, Planetary Science