PhD, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2007
MS, Geology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1997
BS, Geology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, 1992
Aqueous and stable isotope geochemistry
Dr. Newell specializes in aqueous and stable isotope geochemistry to interrogate the origins and history of geofluids in the crust, investigate fluid-flow in faults, and document fluid-rock-biosphere interactions. His research portfolio addresses basic and applied problems in continental tectonics, energy geosciences, and low-temperature geochemistry. His ongoing and future research directions directly align with community-identified “grand challenges” in tectonics. These include understanding the geochemistry and geochronology fluid-fault interactions, and how these influence societally impactful problems such CO2 sequestration and natural resource development. In addition to the theme of using isotopic systems as tracers of fluid-rock interaction, a common thread in his research portfolio is evaluating how the scale and extent of chemical and isotopic equilibrium impact interpretations of past fluid compositions and temperatures.