Jonathan Snow

Professor and Chair

Bachelor's Degree(s): Geology, Indiana University - Bloomington, 1983

Master's Degree: Geology, University of Rochester, 1986

PhD: Oceanography, WHOI/MIT Joint Program 1993

Habilitation: Mineralogy, Universitat Mainz, Germany

Phone: (225) 578-2692

Fax: (225) 578-2302


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Office: E235 Howe-Russell Building

Research interests include:

The geology, physics and chemistry of the formation of the Earth's lithosphere. Early evolution of oceanic rift systems. Partial melting in the mantle and the petrogenesis of mid-ocean ridge basaltic magmas. The isotopic evolution of Nd, Sr, Pb and Os in the upper mantle. Mantle noble metal geochemistry, including Re-Os and Pt-Os isotope geochemistry. Low-temperature mantle/seawater chemical exchange at ridges. The tectonics of fracture zones, and the petrology and structure of oceanic lower crust and upper mantle exposure.

Awards & Honors:

  • NSF Graduate Fellow
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow
  • DFG (German NSF) Heisenberg Program Fellow
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Professional History:

  • 1993-1994 Poste Rouge CNRS, Nancy, France
  • 1994-2005 Research Scientist, Max-Planck institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
  • 2005-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston, TX
  • 2008-2014 Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston, TX
  • 2014-2019 Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston, TX
  • 2016 President, Faculty Senate, University of Houston, TX
  • 2019-Present Professor and Chair, Department of Geology and Geophysics, LSU

Selected Publications in Scientific Journals:

Gillis, K., Snow, J., Klaus, A. and Leg 345 Shipboard Scientific Party (2014) Primitive Layered Gabbros from Fast-
Spreading Lower Oceanic Crust, Nature 505, 200-207

Snow, JE, E. Hellebrand, A. von der Handt, F. Nauret, Y. Gao, H.-W. Schencke (2011) " Oblique nonvolcanic seafloor
spreading in Lena Trough, Arctic Ocean ", Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems doi:10.1029/2011GC003768

*Liu, C., J. Snow, E. Hellebrand, G. Bruegmann, A. von der Handt, A. Buechl, A. W. Hofmann (2008) Ancient, Highly
Heterogeneous Mantle beneath Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean. Nature 452:311-316. (Article).

Snow, J. and petrology group ARK XX-2 (2007) Petrology of Lena Trough and Gakkel Ridge in: G. Budéus and P. Lemke
(2007). The Expeditions ARKTIS-XX/1 and XX/2 of the Research Vessel “Polarstern” in 2004. Reports on Polar
and Marine Research 544:153-208.

*Hellebrand, E. and J. Snow (2003) Deep melting underneath the highly oblique-spreading Lena Trough (Arctic Ocean)
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 216:283-299.

Michael, P. C. Langmuir, H. Dick, J. Snow, S. Goldstein, D. Graham, K. Lehnert, G. Kurras, R. Mühe and H. Edmonds
(2003) Magmatic and amagmatic seafloor spreading at the slowest mid-ocean ridge: Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean,
Nature 423:956-961.

Jokat, W., O. Ritzmann, M. Schmidt-Aursch, S. Drachev, S. Gauger, J. Snow (2003) Geophysical evidence for reduced melt
production on the super-slow Gakkel Ridge (Arctic Ocean), Nature 423:962-965.

Edmonds, H., P.J. Michael, E.T. Baker, J.E. Snow, C. Langmuir, H.J.B. Dick, and D. Graham (2003) Abundant
hydrothermal venting on the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean, Nature 421:252-256

Snow, J. E. and Petrology Group, ARK VXII-2 (2002) ARK XVII/2 Petrology cruise report: Petrogenesis of magmatic and
amagmatic crust along the world’s slowest spreading mid-ocean ridge. In: Thiede, J. (ed) (2002) Cruise report, ARK XVII/2, Reports on Polar and Marine Research 421:118-164.

*Hellebrand, E. W., J.E. Snow, H. J. B. Dick and A. W. Hofmann (2001) Major and trace element coupling in global midocean
ridge melting residues, Nature 410:677-681.

Brandon, A, J. Snow, R. Walker, J. Morgan and T. D. Mock (2000) 190 Pt- 186 Os and 187 Re- 187 Os Isotope Systematics of Abyssal Peridotites. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 177:319-335.

Snow, J. and Schmidt, G. (1998) Constraints on Earth accretion from noble metals in abyssal peridotite,
Nature 391: 166-169.

Snow, J. (1996) Recycling Osmium, Science 272:825.

Snow, J. and L. Reisberg, (1995) Os isotopic systematics of the MORB mantle: Results from altered abyssal peridotites,
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 136:723-733.

Snow, J. and H. Dick (1995) Pervasive Mg loss by marine weathering of peridotite, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

Snow, J. (1995) Of Hess Crust and Layer Cake, Nature 374:413-414.

Snow, J., S. R. Hart and H. Dick (1994) Nd and Sr isotopic evidence for a link between mid-ocean-ridge basalts and
abyssal peridotites, Nature 371:57-60.

Snow, J, S. Hart and H. J. B. Dick (1993) ‘Orphan’ 87Sr in Abyssal Peridotites: Daddy was a Granite, Science 262:1861-