Introduction of Erin Rosenberg

New scientific employee at UrbNet (based at Dept. of Geoscience).

2016.10.03 | Christina Levisen

Erin’s academic background is in isotope and trace element geochemistry. She received a B.Sc. in Geosciences, with an emphasis in Geochemistry and a minor in Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona (USA), and an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College (USA). Whilst at the University of Arizona, Erin conducted research into the neodymium isotopic compositions of synorogenic Canadian Cordilleran foreland basin and arctic Canadian Sverdrup basin sediments, and their constraints on provenance, under the supervision of P. Jonathan Patchett. She then established the chemistry for- and made the first application of a new method of high-temperature thermochronology—spatially-controlled samarium-neodymium dating of garnets, under the supervision of Mihai Ducea. Whilst at Dartmouth College, Erin made the first direct measurement of the low-temperature, seafloor hydrothermal osmium contribution to seawater, successfully measuring 187Os/188Os ratios in samples of low-temperature hydrothermal fluids having just femtomoles of osmium.

Subsequently, Erin  was employed as a laboratory manager, first at Dartmouth College, and later at Middlesex University—London (UK). During her time at Middlesex University—London, Erin also served as a Visiting Researcher at Imperial College—London (UK), where she measured the concentrations of lead and thallium in HED meteorites, in order to better evaluate the Pb-Tl chronometer, under the supervision of Rasmus Andreasen.

Here at UrbNet, Erin serves as a research assistant in geoarchaeometry, under the direction of Gry Barfod. She is based in Aarhus Geochemistry and Isotope Research Platform (AGIR) in the Department of Geoscience, at Aarhus University. Erin was hired to help develop the chemistry needed for lead isotope-based provenance studies of some of UrbNet’s artifacts. Ultimately, she will also be performing chemical and isotopic analyses on these and other artifacts, and training other laboratory users to do the same.

Erin is happily married to a Dane. The couple have 3 young children, who speak both Danish and English, as their first languages. In her spare time, Erin volunteers remotely at Texas Children’s Hospital (USA). She is also a Danish language student at Lærdansk—Aarhus, and is always very happy to practice her limited Danish with colleagues and friends.