Konrad1inchKevin Konrad

Assistant Professor – Undergraduate Coordinator
Director of the Nevada Isotope Geochronology Laboratory

Office: SEB 4129
Phone: (702) 895-3696
Email: Kevin.Konrad@unlv.edu

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Ph.D., Oregon State University 2017
M.S., Oregon State University 2012
B.S., City University of New York – Queens College 2010

Research Interests:

My research focuses on using 40Ar/39Ar geochronology to address a diverse suite of scientific questions. Currently, our research team are working on the following topics:

  • Unraveling the geodynamic origin of the Line Islands Volcanic Lineament and associated cross-island trends. This work is being completed through a combination of 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, isotope geochemistry and Pacific plate motion modeling.
  • Geologic mapping of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments using submarine ROV footage and recovered geologic samples. This project focuses on interpreting the history and origin of volcanic and authigenic sedimentary rocks within the Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll and Jarvis Island national monuments.
  • Determining the ages of the Corner Rise Seamounts and their role in North Atlantic Basin evolution.
  • Investigating the timing and origin of the Geologist Seamounts (aka South Hawaiian Seamounts) through coupled 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and isotope geochemistry.

*I’m currently not able to take on additional graduate students. However, I am always happy to discuss research opportunities for undergraduates.

Recent Publications:

Koppers, A.A., Becker, T.W., Jackson, M.G., Konrad, K., Müller, R.D., Romanowicz, B., Steinberger, B. and Whittaker, J.M., 2021. Mantle plumes and their role in Earth processes. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 2(6), pp.382-401.

Buff, L., Jackson, M.G., Konrad, K., Konter, J.G., Bizimis, M., Price, A., Rose-Koga, E.F., Blusztajn, J., Koppers, A.A.P. and Herrera, S., 2021. “Missing links” for the long-lived Macdonald and Arago hotspots, South Pacific Ocean. Geology, 49(5), pp.541-544.

Konrad, K., Koppers, AAP., Balbas, AM. Miggins, and D., Heaton, D. (2019) Dating clinopyroxene phenocrysts in submarine basalts using 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. Geochemisry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 20(2), 1041-1053

Konrad, K., Graham, DW., Kent, AJ., and Koppers, AAP. (2018). Spatial and temporal variability in Marquesas Islands volcanism revealed by 3He/4He and the composition of olivine-hosted melt inclusions. Chemical Geology. 477. 161-176

Konrad, K., Koppers, AAP., Steinberger, B., Finlayson, VA., Konter, JG., and Jackson, MG. (2018). On the relative motions of long-lived Pacific mantle plumes. Nature communications, 9(1), 854.