Holycross wins NSF CAREER award to research Earth's crust

The award is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Holycross’s funded project, called “Tracing Sulfur in Subducting Slabs with Apatite Oxybarometry,” will examine the hypothesis that “the oxidized signature of arc magmas is due to the transfer of sulfate from metamorphosed oceanic crust on the down-going slab to the overlying arc mantle.” In a 2023 Science paper, Holycross and collaborators showed that one widely-known theory for the oxidized signature of arc magmas is not correct.

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