Opportunity for a new PhD student, Fall 2017

I am excited to announce that a collaborative project with Dr. Jessica Conroy here at UIUC was recently funded by NSF! The project is entitled “Chronologies and mechanisms of last glacial loess deposition in the Central Lowlands of North America” and comes with guaranteed RA support for a PhD student. This project combines detrital zircon U-Pb provenance, read more »

Deep-time thermochronology in the Laramide manuscript published

Check out our new manuscript on “deep-time” thermochronology in the Laramide province of Wyoming: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X16304022

Isotope dilution methods for Zr and Ca published

Check out our new article that outlines a new isotope dilution approach to calculating eU concentrations in zircon and apatite. It’s out in G-cubed: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GC006311/full

EGU talk

I had a chance to attend EGU2016 to give an invited talk on some of our recent western U.S. thermochronology results. Thanks to Cecile Gautheron, Pierre Valla, and Raph Pik for organizing a great session!

Visit to Utah State

Just back from a visit and colloquium presentation in the Dept. of Geology (http://geology.usu.edu/) at Utah State. Thanks for the great visit!


I’ve finally checked out this new fangled thing called “Twitter”. Tweet at me here: @HeliumHarvester

Accepting grad students

I’ll be accepting graduate students for next fall semester (2016). If you’re interested in working on field projects in the western US or diffusion studies in my lab, please fell free to contact me! Email (wrg@illinois.edu) is best.


I’m recently back from giving an invited talk at Thermo2014 in Chamonix, France. It was a great to see old friends and connect with new ones.

GSA Bulletin paper

Our manuscript on Sevier-belt exhumation and complicated zircon He dates has recently been published in GSA Bulletin. You can check it out online here.

Guenthner et al. (2014) EPSL

Check out some new interpretations of zircon He date-eU correlations from the Longmen Shan here.