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Alan Brandon


Alan Brandon

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Professor, Isotope Geochemistry

Ph.D. 1992, Geology, University of Alberta
M.S. 1987, Geology, University of Oregon
B.S. 1983, Geology, Oregon State University

Office: 327 SR1
Office Hours: W | 1:00p - 4:00p
Phone: (713) 743-2359

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2009 - Director's Commendation Award. NASA Johnson Space Center.
2002 - Distinguished Postdoctoral Alumnus Award, University of Maryland.
2001 - Northwestern University. Packard Fellowship Nominee.
1994-1996 - Carnegie Institution of Washington Postdoctoral Fellowship.
1992-1994 - National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship.


  • Righter, M., Lapen, T.J., Brandon, A.D., Debaille, V., Beard, B.L., Shafer, J.T., Peslier, A.H., A younger age for ALH 84001 and its geochemical link to shergottite sources in Mars. Science, submitted 12/2/09.
  • Peslier, A.H., Hnatyshin, D., Herd, C.D.K., Walton, E.L., Brandon, A.D., Lapen, T.J., Shafer, J., Crystallization, melt inclusion, and redox history of a new Martian meteorite: olivine phyric shergottite LAR 06319, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, submitted, 11/5/09.
  • Murphy, D.R., Brandon, A.D., Debaille, V., Burgess, R., Ballentine, C., 2009. In search of a hidden long-term isolated sub-chondritic 142Nd/144Nd isotope reservoir at in the deep mantle: Implications for the Nd isotope systematics of the Earth. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (74), 738-750.
  • Puchtel, I.S., Walker, R.J., Brandon, A.D., Nisbet, E.G., 2009. Pt-Re-Os isotope and HSE systematics of the 2.7 Ga Belingwe and Abitibi komatiites. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (73), 6367-6389.
  • Brandon, A.D., Lapen, T., Debaille, V., Beard, B.L., Rankenburg, K., Neal, C., 2009. Re-evaluating 142Nd/144Nd in lunar mare basalts with implications for the early evolution and bulk Sm/Nd of the Moon. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (73), 6421-6445.
  • Debaille, V., Brandon, A.D., O’Neill, C., Yin, Q.-Z., Jacobsen, B., 2009. Isotopic evidence for mantle overturn in early Mars and its geodynamic consequences. Nature Geoscience (2), 548-552.
  • Debaille, V., Trønnes, R.G., Brandon, A.D., Waight, T.E., Graham, D.W., Lee, C.T.A., 2009. Primitive off-rift basalts from Iceland and Jan Mayen: Os-isotopic evidence for a mantle source containing enriched subcontinental lithosphere. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (73), 3423-3449.
  • Rankenburg, K., Humayun, M., Brandon, A.D., Herrin, J.S, 2008. Highly siderophile elements in ureilites. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (72), 4642-4659.
  • Debaille, V., Yin, Q.-Z., Brandon, A.D., Jacobsen, B., 2008. Martian mantle mineralogy investigated by the 176Lu-176Hf and 147Sm-143Nd systematics of shergottites. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (269), 186-199.
  • Wolff, J.A., Ramos, F.C., Hart, G.L., Patterson, J.D., Brandon, A.D., 2008. Columbia River flood basalts from a centralized crustal magmatic system. Nature Geoscience (1), 177-180.
  • Brandon, A.D., 2007. A younger Moon. INVITED, Nature (450), 1169-1170.
  • Bennett, V.C., Brandon, A.D., Nutman, A.P., 2007. Coupled 142Nd-143Nd isotopic evidence for Hadean mantle dynamics. Science (318), 1907-1910.
  • Nielsen, S.G., Rehkamper, M., Brandon, A.D., Norman, M.D., Turner, S., O’Reilly, S.Y., 2007. Thallium isotopes in Iceland and Azores lavas: Implications for the role of altered crust in mantle geochemistry, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (264), 332-345.
  • Debaille, V., Brandon, A.D., Yin, Q.-Z., Jacobsen, B., 2007. Coupled 142Nd-143Nd evidence for a protracted magma ocean in Mars, Nature (45), 525-528.
  • Brandon, A.D., Graham, D.W., Waight, T., Gautason, B., 2007. 186Os and 187Os enrichments and high 3He/4He sources in the Earth’s mantle: evidence from Icelandic picrites, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (71), 4570-4591.
  • Humayun, M., Brandon, A.D., 2007. s-Process implications from osmium isotope anomalies in chondrites, Astrophys. J., (644), L59-L62.
  • Rankenburg, K., Brandon, A.D., Humayun, M., 2007. Osmium isotope systematics of ureilites, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (71), 2402-2413.
  • Rankenburg, K., Brandon, A.D., Norman, M.D., 2007. A Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd geochronology and trace element study of lunar meteorite LaPaz Icefield 02205. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (71), 2120-2135.
  • Norman, M.D., Yaxley, G.M., Bennett, V.C., Brandon, A.D., 2006. Magnesium isotopic composition of olivine from the Earth, Mars, Moon, and pallasite parent body, Geophys. Res. Lett., (33), L15202.
  • Rankenburg, K., Brandon, A.D., Neal, C.R., 2006. Neodymium isotope evidence for a chondritic composition of the Moon, Science (312), 1369-1372.
  • Brandon, A.D., Walker, R.J., Puchtel, I.S., 2006. Platinum-osmium isotope evolution of the Earth’s mantle: Constraints from chondrites and Os-rich alloys. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (70), 2093-2103.
  • Brandon, A.D., Humayun, M., Puchtel, I.S., 2005. Re-Os isotopic systematics and platinum group element concentration of the Tagish Lake carbonaceous chondrite. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (69), 1619-1631.
  • Brandon, A.D., Humayun, M., Puchtel, I.S., Leya, I., Zolensky, M., 2005. Osmium isotope evidence for an s-process carrier in primitive chondrites. Science (309), 1233-1236.
  • Brandon, A.D., Walker, R.J., 2005. The debate over core-mantle interaction, INVITED. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. ‘Frontiers’ (232), 211-225.
  • Puchtel, I.S., Brandon, A.D., Humayun, M., Walker, R.J., 2005. Evidence for early differentiation of the core from Pt-Re-Os isotope systematics of 2.8 Ga komatiites. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (237), 118-134.
  • Righter, K., Collins, S.J., Brandon, A.D., 2005. Mineralogy and petrology of the LaPaz Icefield lunar mare basaltic meteorites. Meteoritics Planet. Sci. (40), 1703-1722.
  • Walker, R.J., Brandon, A.D., Bird, J.M., Piccoli, P.M., McDonough, W.F., Ash, R.A., 2005. 187Os-186Os systematics of Or-Ir-Ru alloy grains, Port Orford, Oregon. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (230), 211-226.
  • Puchtel, I.S., Brandon, A.D., Humayun, M., 2004. Precise Pt-Re-Os isotope systematics of the mantle from 2.7 Ga komatiites. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.(224), 157-174 .
  • Lee, C.-T., Brandon, A.D., Norman, M.D., 2003. Vanadium in peridotites as a proxy for paleo-fO2 during partial melting: prospects, limitations, and implications. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (67), 3045-3064.
  • Brandon, A.D., Walker, R.J., Puchtel, I.S., Becker, H., Humayun, M., Revillon, S., 2003. 186Os-187Os systematics of Gorgona Island komatiites: Implications for early growth of the inner core. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (206), 411-426.
  • Bennett, V.C., Horan, M.F., Brandon, A.D., Neal, C.R., 2003. Preface for a Special Issue on 'Highly siderophile elements in the Earth and meteorites: A volume in honor of John Morgan, Chem. Geol. (196), 1-3.
  • Morgan, J.W., Walker, R.J., Brandon, A.D., Horan, M.F., 2001. Siderophile elements in the Earth’s upper mantle and lunar breccias: Data synthesis suggests manifestations of the same late influx. Meteoritics Planet. Sci. (36), 1257-1276.
  • Brandon, A.D., Walker, R.J., Morgan, J.W., Goles, G.G., 2000. Re-Os isotopic evidence for early differentiation of the Martian mantle. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (64), 4083-4095.
  • Borg, L.E., Brandon, A.D., Clynne, M.A., Walker, R.J., 2000. Re-Os isotopic systematics of primitive lavas from the Lassen region of the Cascade Arc, California. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (177), 301-317.
  • Brandon, A.D., Snow, J.E., Walker, R.J., Morgan, J.W., Mock, T.D., 2000. 190Pt-186Os and 187Re-187Os systematics of abyssal peridotites. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (177), 319-335.
  • Brandon, A.D., Norman, M.D., Walker, R.J., Morgan, J.W., l999. 186Os-187Os systematics of Hawaiian picrites. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (174), 25-42.
  • Brandon, A.D., Becker, H., Carlson, R.W., Shirey, S.B., l999. Isotopic constraints on time scales and mechanisms of slab material transport in the mantle wedge: Evidence from the Simcoe mantle xenoliths, Washington, USA. Chem. Geol. (160), 387-408.
  • Dodson, A., Brandon, A.D., l999. Radiogenic helium in xenoliths from Simcoe, Washington, USA: implications for metasomatic processes in the mantle wedge above subduction zones. Chem. Geol (160), 371-386.
  • Draper, D.S., Brandon, A.D., Becker, H., l999. Preface for a Special Issue on ‘Interactions between slab and sub-arc mantle: Dehydration, melting and element transport in subduction zones’. Chem. Geol. (160), 251-253.
  • Brandon, A.D., Walker, R.J., Morgan, J.W., Norman, M.D., Prichard, H., l998. Coupled 186Os and 187Os evidence for core-mantle interaction. Science. (280), 1570-1573.
  • Brandon, A.D., Draper, D.S., l998. Reply to the comment by B.R. Frost and C. Ballhaus on ‘Constraints on the origin of the oxidation state of mantle overlying subduction zones: An example from Simcoe, Washington, USA. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (62), 333-335.
  • Brandon, A.D., Creaser, R.A., Shirey, S.B., Carlson, R.W, l996. Os recycling in subduction zones. Science (272), 861-864.
  • Brandon, A.D., Creaser, R.A., Chacko, T., l996. Constraints on rates of granitic magma transport from epidote dissolution kinetics. Science (271), 1845-1848.
  • Brandon, A.D., Draper, D.S., l996. Constraints on the origin of the oxidation state of mantle overlying subduction zones: An example from Simcoe, Washington, USA. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (60), 1739-1749.
  • Brandon, A.D., Goles, G.G., l995. Assessing subcontinental lithospheric mantle sources for basalts: Neogene volcanism in the Pacific Northwest, USA as a test case. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. (121), 364-379.
  • Brandon, A.D., Meen, J.K., 1995. Nd isotopic evidence for the position of southernmost Indian terranes within East Gondwana. Precam. Res. (70), 269-280.
  • Brandon, A.D., Smith, A.D., Goles, G.G., l995. Geochemical constraints from igneous rocks of the Permian Oslo rift in Norway for the evolution of carbonatite-metasomatized mantle lithosphere. In: Magmatism in Relation to Diverse Tectonic Settings; R.K. Srivastava and R. Chandra, eds.; Oxford and IBH Publishing Co., 45-66.
  • Smith, A.D., Brandon, A.D., Lambert, R.StJ., l995. Nd-Sr isotope systematics of the Nicola Group Volcanic Rocks, Quesnel Terrane. Can. J. Earth Sci. (32), 437-446.
  • Brandon, A.D., Goles, G.G., l995. Preface to R.StJ. Lambert memorial volume. Can. J. Earth. Sci. (32), 349-350.
  • Brandon, A.D., Lambert, R.StJ., l994. Crustal melting in the Cordilleran Interior: the mid-Cretaceous White Creek batholith in the southern Canadian Cordillera. J. Petrol. (35), 239-269.
  • Brandon, A.D., Smith, A.D., 1994. Mesozoic granitoid magmatism in the Omineca Belt of southeast British Columbia: Implications for the origin of granitoid belts in the North American Cordillera. J. Geophys. Res. (99), 11879-11896.
  • Goles, G.G., Brandon, A.D., l994. Miocene basalts of the Blue Mountains Province, III: Preliminary studies of origins of magmas of the Owyhee Subprovince. In: Volcanism; K.V. Subbarao, ed., Wiley Eastern Ltd., New Dehli, 55-75.
  • Brandon, A.D., Hooper, P.H., Goles, G.G., Lambert, R.StJ., l993. Evaluating crustal contamination in continental basalts: The isotopic composition of the Picture Gorge Basalt of the Columbia River Basalt Group. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. (114), 452-464.
  • Brandon, A.D., Lambert, R.StJ., l993. Geochemical characterization of mid-Cretaceous granitoids of the Kootenay arc in the southern Canadian Cordillera. Can. J. Earth Sci. (30), 1076-1090.
  • Trønnes, R.G., Brandon, A.D., l992. Mildly peraluminous high-silica granites in a continental rift: the Drammen and Finnemarka batholiths, Oslo rift, Norway. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. (109), 275-294.
  • Brandon, A.D., Lambert, R.StJ., l992. Geochronology of Mesozoic granitoids in the southern Canadian Cordillera. Project Lithoprobe Southern Cordilleran Transect, Report No. 24. 95-104.
  • Brandon, A. D.; Smith, A. D.; Lambert, R. St. J., l99l. Contrasting origins for Jurassic and Cretaceous granitoids in the Omineca crystalline belt, Project Lithoprobe; Southern Canadian Cordillera transect workshop, Lithoprobe Report, v. 16, p. 104-110, University of British Columbia, Lithoprobe Secretariat [for the] Canadian Lithoprobe Program, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Brandon, A. D.; Lambert, R. St. J., l990. Isotopic composition of Pb in the Bugaboo and White Creek plutons, Southeast BC. Cook, Frederick A.; Varsek, J. L., eds., Project Lithoprobe; southern Canadian Cordillera transect workshop, Lithoprobe Report, v. 11, p. 88-90.
  • Brandon, A. D.; Lambert, R. St. J., l989. Geochemistry of granitic rocks in southeast British Columbia; a preliminary report. Southern Canadian Cordillera Transect workshop, Lithoprobe Report, v. 7, p. 102-105, University of British Columbia, Lithoprobe Secretariat [for the] Canadian Lithoprobe Program, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Brandon, A.D., 1989. Constraints on magma genesis behind the Neogene Cascade arc: Evidence from major and trace element variation of high-alumina and tholeiitic volcanics of the Bear Creek area. J. Geophys. Res. (94), 7775-7798.
  • Goles, G.G., Brandon, A.D., Lambert, R.StJ., 1989. Miocene basalts of the Blue Mountains province in Oregon: Part 2, Sr isotopic ratios and trace element features of little-known Miocene basalts of central and eastern Oregon. In: Volcanism and Tectonism in the Columbia River Flood Basalt Province; S.P. Reidel and P.R. Hooper, eds. Geol. Soc. Am. Special Pap. 239, 357-365.
  • Brandon, A.D., Goles, G.G., 1988. A Miocene subcontinental plume in the Pacific Northwest: Geochemical evidence. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (88), 273-283.