MIT EAPS Directory

Ryan Frazer

Senior Research Support Associate

I am a geochemist interested in time scale calibration, the significance of high-silica igneous rocks, pluton-volcano connections, the origins of intermediate magmas, and the links between high-flux magmatic events and ore mineralization. I use isotope geochemistry, including high-precision U-Pb zircon geochronology and whole rock Sr, Nd, and Pb systematics, to better understand ash bed chronostratigraphy, the timing of pluton emplacement, magma accumulation rates, and magma sources in the Sierra Nevada batholith and the Colorado Mineral Belt. I also apply radiogenic isotope analyses to waters, soils, and archaeological samples.


Frazer, R.E., Coleman, D.S., Mills, R.D., 2014, Zircon U-Pb geochronology of the Mount Givens Granodiorite: implications for the genesis of large volumes of eruptible magma: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v. 119, no. 4, p. 2907-2924, doi:

Lackey, J.S., Cecil, M.R., Windham, C.J., Frazer, R.E., Bindeman, I.N., Gehrels, G.E., 2012, The Fine Gold Intrusive Suite: The roles of basement terranes and magma source development in the Early Cretaceous Sierra Nevada batholith: Geosphere, v. 8, no. 2, p. 292-313, doi:


John A. Black Award (GSA) (2015)

Contact Information

t: 617 253 2505





Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
M.S., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
B.A., Geology, Pomona College, 2009