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Dr. Marissa Tremblay

Marissa Tremblay

Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae / Google Scholar

Associated Website: Geology & GeophysicsPlanetary Sciences


  • 2017  PhD, Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2012  BA, Environmental Science, summa cum laude, Barnard College of Columbia University

Research Interests

I am a noble gas geochemist and geomorphologist interested in understanding the physical and chemical processes shaping planetary surfaces. My research centers on the development and application of geochemical techniques involving noble gases to understand:

  • how the Earth’s climate changed during the Quaternary
  • how tectonic and geomorphic processes interact to create topography
  • the mechanics of glacial and fluvial erosion
  • the impact history of the Moon and other planetary bodies in the inner Solar System

I also conduct basic experimental research on the kinetics of noble gas diffusion in minerals, which has broad significance across both Earth and planetary science disciplines. 

Selected Honors

  • 2018   Charles & Nancy Naeser Prize, International Standing Committee on Thermochronology
  • 2017   The Royal Society Newton International Fellowship
  • 2015   Louderback Award, UC Berkeley EPS


  1. Park, Y., Swanson-Hysell, N.L., MacLennan, S.A., Maloof, A.C., Gebreslassie, M., Tremblay, M.M., Schoene, B., Alene, M., Antilla, E.S.C., Tesema, T., Condon, D.J., and Haileab, B., The lead-up to the Sturtian Snowball Earth: Neoproterozoic chemostratigraphy time-calibrated by the Tambien Group of Ethiopia. (in review)
  2. Tremblay, M.M., Shuster, D.L., Spagnolo, M., Renssen, H., and Ribolini, A., 2018, Temperatures recorded by cosmogenic noble gases since the last glacial maximum in the Maritime Alps. Quaternary Research, p. 1-19. doi:10.1017/qua.2018.109
  3. Dygert, N., Jackson, C.R.M., Hesse, M.A., Tremblay, M.M., Shuster, D.L., and Gu, J.T., 2018 Plate tectonic cycling modulates Earth’s 3He/22Ne ratio. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 498, p. 309-321. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.06.044
  4. Ingalls, M., Rowley, D., Olack, G., Currie, B., Li, S., Schmidt, J., Tremblay, M., Shuster, D.L., Lin, D., and Colman, A., 2017, Paleocene to Pliocene low-latitude high elevation of southern Tibet: Implications for tectonic models of India-Asia collision, Cenozoic climate, and geochemical weathering. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 130(1-2), p. 307-330. doi:10.1130/B31723.1
  5. Tremblay, M.M., Shuster, D.L., Balco, G., and Cassata, W.S., 2017, Neon diffusion kinetics and implications for cosmogenic neon paleothermometry in feldspars. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 205, p. 14-30. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2017.02.013
  6. Garrick-Bethell, I., Weiss, B.P., Shuster, D.L., Tikoo, S.M., and Tremblay, M.M., 2017, Further evidence for early lunar magnetism from troctolite 76535. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, v. 122(1), p. 76-93. doi:10.1002/2016JE005154
  7. Schmidt, J.L., Zeitler, P.K., Pazzaglia, F.J., Tremblay, M.M., Shuster, D.L., and Fox, M., 2015, Knickpoint evolution on the Yarlung Tsangpo, southern Tibet: Evidence for a regional late Cenozoic base level adjustment. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 430, p. 448-457. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.08.041
  8. Tremblay, M.M., Fox, M., Schmidt, J.L., Tripathy-Lang, A., Wielicki, M.M., Harrison, T.M., Zeitler, P.K., and Shuster, D.L., 2015, Erosion in southern Tibet shut down at 10 Ma due to enhanced rock uplift within the Himalaya. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 112(39), p. 12030-12035. doi:10.1073/pnas.1515652112
  9. Swanson-Hysell, N.L., Maloof, A.C., Condon, D.J., Jenkin, G.R.T., Alene, M., Tremblay, M.M., Tesema, T., Rooney, A.D., and Haileab, B., 2015, Stratigraphy and geochronology of the Tambien Group, Ethiopia: Evidence for globally synchronous carbon isotope change in the Neoproterozoic. Geology, v. 43(4), p. 323-326. doi:10.1130/G36347.1
  10. Breecker, D.O., Bergel, S., Nadel, M., Tremblay, M.M., Osuna-Orozco, R., Larson, T.E., and Sharp, Z.D., 2015, Minor stable carbon isotope fractionation between respired carbon dioxide and bulk soil organic matter during laboratory incubation of topsoil. Biogeochemistry, v. 123, p. 83-98. doi:10.1007/s10533-014-0054-3
  11. Tremblay, M.M., Shuster, D.L., and Balco, G., 2014, Diffusion kinetics of 3
    He and 21Ne in quartz and implications for cosmogenic noble gas paleothermometry. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 142, p. 186-204. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2014.08.010
  12. Tremblay, M.M., Shuster, D.L., and Balco, G., 2014, Cosmogenic noble gas paleothermometry. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 400, p. 195-205. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.05.040
  13. Straub, M., Tremblay, M.M., Sigman, D.M., Studer, A.S., Ren, H., Toggweiler, J.R., and Haug, G.H., 2013, Nutrient conditions in the subpolar North Atlantic during the last glacial period reconstructed from foraminifera-bound nitrogen isotopes. Paleoceanography, v. 28, p. 79-90. doi:10.1002/palo.20013

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