Matthew E. Sanborn

Postdoctoral Scholar | University of California, Davis


I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Davis focusing on high-precision isotope cosmo/geochemistry. 

A few of my current research interests include:

-Using nucleosynthetic anomalies (e.g., 54Cr) as a forensic tool to decipher petrogenetic histories of various meteorites and the evolution of their associated parent bodies in the early Solar System 

-Obtaining fine-scale chronological constraints for the formation of solids and planetesimals using extinct (26Al-26Mg, 53Mn-53Cr, 146Sm-142Nd) and extant (147Sm-143Nd, 87Rb-87Sr, 176Lu-176Hf, and Pb-Pb) isotope systems

-Using trace element abundances measured both in situ within individual mineral phases and in bulk samples to decipher petrogenetic histories of asteroids and planetesimals that formed within the first several millions years of the first solids in the Solar System

I received my undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Chemistry from Arizona State University (ASU) before focusing on isotope geochemistry during my Ph.D. research in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU.  In 2009, I received the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship that funded three years of my Ph.D. research. 

My Research Interests:

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences

University of California, Davis

Ph.D. Geological Sciences, ASU (2012)

B.S. Chemistry, ASU (2007)

E-mail: mesanborn (at) ucdavis (dot) edu