Gray E. Bebout, Professor, Lehigh University
Metamorphic Geochemistry, Biogeochemical Cycles, Astrobiology
Summer, 2018

White Island Gases 

  White Island, New Zealand, sampling of volcanic gases, in NSF-funded study of volatiles cycling at the Hikurangi
  subduction margin.

Contact Information:
Gray E. Bebout, Professor
Director, Lehigh Astrobiology Program
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
1 West Packer Avenue
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015-3001 USA
Office: 610-758-5831
Laboratory: 610-758-6168
Abbreviated CV, G. Bebout

Specially Appointed Professor
Insititute for Planetary Materials
Okayama University
827 Yamada
Misasa, Tottori 682-0193
Website (click here)

Director, Lehigh Astrobiology Program (affiliated with Okayama University, Insititute for Planetary Materials)


Lead article, and cover in GSA Today, advertising the "Subduction Top to Bottom 2" publication project in the GSA journal GEOSPHERE (editors G. E. Bebout, D. W. Scholl, R. J. Stern, L. M. Wallace, and P. Agard; to see this Open Access article, click here)

October 2013 issue of ELEMENTS on "Nitrogen and its (biogeocosmo)chemical
(editors G. E. Bebout, M. L. Fogel, and P. Cartigny; see the cover of the issue here)

Recent review articles/book chapters:

Bebout, G. E., 2016, Caesium: Element and Geochemistry, invited chapter for Encyclopedia of Geochemistry, Earth Science Series, Springer.

Bebout, G. E., and Penniston-Dorland, S., 2015,
Fluid and mass transfer at subduction interfaces—The field metamorphic record (Invited Review Article),
Lithos, DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.10.007.

Bebout, G. E., Lazzeri, K. E., and Geiger, C. A., 2015,
Pathways for nitrogen cycling in Earth's crust and upper mantle: A review and new results for microporous beryl and cordierite (
Invited Centennial Article), American Mineralogist (available on MSA/AmMin website; DOI: 10.2138/am-2015-5363).

Recent Research at Lehigh University (Stable Isotope Laboratory):

Carbon cycling in subduction zones, with work based in the Italian/French/Swiss Alps (collaborative with S. Angiboust, IPGP, Paris; P. Agard, UniversitÚ Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris; Marco Scambellluri and Laura Crispini, UniversitÓ di Genova; presentations at Fall AGU meetings in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016; Goldschmidt Conference, 2013; GSA Annual Meeting, 2014; see Cook-Kollars et al., 2014, and Collins et al., 2015, both papers in Chemical Geology; Scambelluri et al., 2016, Earth and Planetary Science Letters; abstracts for the Fall AGU Meeting, New Orleans, December 2017)

Nitrogen Isotope (GeoBio)chemistry:

Analytical methods (experimentation with carrier gas methods for small-sample N isotope analyses; Bebout et al., 2007, Chemical Geology)

Incorporation of N during biotic/abiotic chemical alteration of seafloor basalts and basaltic glasses (collaborative with Neil Banerjee and Matthew Izawa, Western University, Ontario, and Eizo Nakamura and Katsura Kobayashi, IPM; presented at LPSC, 2011, 2014; AbSciCon, 2012, 2015; Open Access article in Astrobiology; click here)

Preservation of N biogeochemical signatures in ancient sedimentary and metasedimentary rocks (collaborative with Linda Godfrey, Rutgers University; paper in Geology, 2013)

Records of deep N subduction in HP and UHP metabasaltic suites (collaborative with Ralf Halama, Keele University; see papers in GCA, 2010; International Geology Reviews, 2016)

Nitrogen subduction in ultramafic rocks (collaborative with Ralf Halama, Keele University; paper in International Journal of Earth Sciences, 2012)

Nitrogen behavior during partial melting (collaborative with Ian Buick, Stellenbosch University; Annie Palya, paper in Chemical Geology, 2010; ongoing work by Ralf Halama, Keele University)

Storage of N in microporous phases (collaborative with Charles Geiger, Universitńt Salzburg; see Bebout et al., 2015, American Mineralogist; Lazzeri et al., 2016, American Mineralogist)

Other recent research:

Lithium and chlorine behavior in subduction zones, Catalina Schist, California, and Schistes Lustres/Lago di Cignana, Italy (collaborative with Sarah Penniston-Dorland, University of Maryland; Jaime Barnes, University of Texas (paper in EPSL, 2011)

Fluid-rock interactions and fluid mobility in the Appalachian Valley and Ridge, West Virginia (with Mark Evans, Central Connecticut State University; paper in Tectonophysics, 2012)

Mechanical and metasomatic mixing in rinds on tectonic blocks, Catalina Schist (Penniston-Dorland et al., 2014; Chemical Geology)

Sunda-Java-Timor Forearc-Trench-Arc 

We analyzed C-N concentrations and isotopic compositions of sediment [and altered seafloor basalt] recovered on ODP Legs 185 and 205 [see Sadofsky and Bebout, 2004, G-cubed; Li and Bebout, 2005, JGR and ODP Leg 205 Scientific Results), with the goals of characterizing organic sources and diagenetic history and subduction input fluxes in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana and Central American convergent margins. More recently, we are working on sediment C-N inputs into the Sunda-Java margin. Locations for DSDP/ODP Sites 211, 261, 262, and 765 are shown on the seafloor topographic map above (image above is from Smith and Sandwell Global Seafloor Topography, NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography). Our next shorebased-scientist involvement is for the upcoming (early 2018) drilling at the Hikurangi margin, New Zealand (IODP Expedition 375).

Recent/Ongoing Research Based in Misasa, Japan (Pheasant Memorial Laboratory, IPM):

Stable Isotope Zoning in HP and UHP Metamorphic Porphyroblasts (collaborative with Tak Kunihiro, Tsutomu Ota, Katsura Kobayashi, Eizo Nakamura, Bill Carlson)

Records of biogeochemical cycling of N (and other elements) in altered volcanic glasses (collaborative with Katsura Kobayashi and Eizo Nakamura; initial Open Access article in Astrobiology; click here)

IPM (Institute for Planetary Materials, Misasa, Japan)

Courses Taught:

EES 15 Volcanoes and the Ring of Fire (occasionally offered)
EES 90 recently "
Volcanoes and the Ring of Fire" or "Space, The Final Frontier" (odd-year fall)
EES 131 Introduction to Rocks and Minerals (every spring)
EES 334 Geosphere Structure and Evolution (odd-year spring)
EES 438 Petrogenetic Processes (graduate level; even-year spring)
EES 471 Stable Isotope Chemistry: Theory, Techniques, and Applications in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
    (graduate level; even-year fall)

EES 293 Undergraduate Internships
EES 393 Undergraduate Research
EES 493 Advanced Topics in Tectonics (e.g., GEOFLUIDS)


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