Forrest Horton, PhD
Department of Geology & Geophysics
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
360 Woods Hole Rd
McLean 210a, MS #08
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Associate Scientist, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. Investigating subgrain-scale noble gas distributions in mantle olivine with Kenneth Farley.
Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara. Himalaya gneiss dome formation, focused radiogenic heating in southern Madagascar, and fertilization of the Neoproterozoic ocean by mantle-derived phosphorus. June, 2015. Doctoral advisor Bradley Hacker.
M.S. in Geology, San Francisco State University. Geochronology of the Zanskar Himalaya, 2011. Masters advisor Mary Leech.
B.A., Bowdoin College. Geology Major and Environmental Studies Coordinate Major, 2008.
Undergraduate advisor Rachel Beane.
University of Montana. Field geology coursework, 2007.
University of Otago, New Zealand. Petrology and hydrology coursework, 2006.
Horton, F., Asimow, P., Farley, K., Curtice, J., Kurz, M.D., Blusztajn, J., Biasi, J., Boyes, X., 2023, Highest terrestrial 3He/4He credibly from the core, Nature, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-023-06590-8.
Mollica, N.R., Cohen, A.L., Horton, F., Oppo, D.W., Solow, A.S., McGee, D., 2023, Resolving seasonal variability with the Sr-U coral thermometer using LA-ICPMS, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, e2022PA004508.
Galochkina, M., Cohen, A.L., Oppo, D.W., Mollica, N., Horton, F., 2023, Coral Sr‐U thermometry tracks ocean temperature and reconciles Sr/Ca discrepancies caused by Rayleigh fractionation, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 38, e2022PA004541.
Biasi, J., Asimow, P., Horton, F., Boyes, X., 2022, Eruption rates, tempo, and stratigraphy of Paleocene flood basalts on Baffin Island, Canada, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 23, e2021GC010172.
Horton, F., Holder, R.M., Swindle, C.R., 2022, An extensive record of orogenesis recorded in a Madagascar granulite, Journal of Metamorphic Geology. DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12628.
Horton, F., 2021, Rapid recycling of subducted sedimentary carbon revealed by Afghanistan carbonatite volcano, Nature Geoscience, v. 14, p. 508-512.
Horton, F., Nielsen S., Shu Y., Gagnon A., Blusztajn J., 2021, Thallium isotopes reveal brine activity during
carbonatite magmatism, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. DOI: 10.1029/2020GC009472.
Horton, F., Curtice J., Farley K., Kurz M., Asimow P., Treffkorn J., Boyes X.. 2021, Primordial neon in high-
3He/4He Baffin Island olivines. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 558, 116762.
Horton, F., Farley, K., and Jackson, M., 2019, Helium distributions in ocean island basalt olivines revealed by X-ray computed tomography and single-grain crushing experiments: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 244, p. 467–477.
Holder, R.M., Hacker, B.R., Horton, F., Michel Rakotondrazafy, A.R., 2018, Ultrahigh-temperature osumilite gneisses in southern madagascar record combined heat advection and high rates of radiogenic heat produection in a long-lived high-T orogen: Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 36, p. 855–880.
Horton, F., Hacker, B., Kylander-Clark, A., Holder, R., Jöns, N., 2016, Focused radiogenic heating of middle crust caused ultrahigh temperatures in southern Madagascar: Tectonics, v. 35, p. 293–314.
Di Vincenzo, G., Horton, F., Palmeri, R., 2016, Protracted (~30 Ma) eclogite-facies metamorphism in northern Victoria Land (Antarctica): Implications for the geodynamics of the Ross/Delamerian Orogen, Gondwana Research, v. 40, p. 91–106.
Horton, F., 2015, Did phosphorus derived from weathering of large igneous provinces fertilize the Neoproterozoic ocean? Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 16, 1723–1738.
Horton, F., Lee, J., Hacker, B., Bowman-Kamaha'o, M, Cosca, M., 2014, Himalaya gneiss dome formation in the middle crust and exhumation by normal faulting: New geochronology of Gianbul dome, northwestern India: GSA Bulletin, v. 126, B31005.1.
Horton, F., Leech, M.L., 2013, Age and origin of granites in the Karakoram shear zone and Greater Himalaya Sequence, NW India: Lithosphere, v. 5, p. 300–320.
Tucker, R.D., Belkin, H.E., Schulz, K.J., Peters, S.G., Horton, F., Buttleman, K., Scott, E.R., 2012, A major rare-earth element (LREE) resource in the Khanneshin carbonatite complex, Southern Afghanistan: Economic Geology, v. 107, p. 197–208.
Horton, F., 2015. Himalaya gneiss dome formation, focused radiogenic heating in southern Madagascar, and fertilization of the Neoproterozoic ocean by mantle-derived phosphorus. University of California, Santa Barbara, 180 pp.
Horton, F., 2011, Geochronology and zircon geochemistry of Greater Himalaya leucogranites in Zanskar, NW India, San Francisco State University Archives, 104 pp.
Horton, F., Beane, R.J., 2008. EBSD and HRXCT analysis of elongated garnets of the Spring Point Formation, Casco Bay, ME. Bowdoin College Archives, Thesis 2008 H6, 45 pp, CD-ROMs 1–2.
July, 2015: CO2 flushing of the lower crust: Insights from the charnockite domain exposed in Madagascar and southern India. Deep Carbon Observatory Thematic Institute, Berkeley, Oral presentation.
December 2014: Radiogenic heating to ultrahigh temperature: Geochronology and 4+ thermometry across southern Madagascar. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation.
October 2014: Did mantle-derived phosphorus fertilize the Cryogenian ocean? Geologic Society of America Fall Meeting, Oral presentation.
December 2013: Geochronology and 4+ thermometry of ultrahigh-temperature (UHT) metamorphism in southern Madagascar. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation.
October 2013: Gianbul gneiss dome, northwest Himalaya: geochronologic and thermochronologic constraints on formation and exhumation. Geologic Society of America Fall Meeting, Oral presentation.
December 2010: U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology of leucogranites from the Greater Himalayan Sequence in Zanskar and from the Karakoram fault zone, NW India. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation.
December 2009: Himalayan Leucogranites from the Zanskar Region, Northern India. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Poster presentation.
April 2008: EBSD and HRXCT analysis of elongated garnets of the Spring Point Formation, Casco Bay, ME. Geological Society of Maine Spring Meeting (Brunswick, ME). Poster and oral presentations.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, 2015.
G.K. Gilbert Award, University of California Santa Barbara Department of Earth Science, 2015.
Alumni Graduate Award for Research Excellence, University of California Santa Barbara Department of Earth Science, 2015.
Migues Field Research Prize, University of California Santa Barbara Department of Earth Science, 2013.
Doctoral Fellowship, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011–2015.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010–2014.
Global War on Terror Civilian Service Medal, 2010. Recognition for working in a war zone for more than 60 consecutive days on a project related to national security.
Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grant, 2010.
Arthur M. Hussey Geology Award, for scholarship and fieldwork in Geology, 2008.
Maine Space Grant Consortium Fellowship for undergraduate research on garnet microstructure in collaboration with UT Austin, 2007.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Afghanistan Mineral Exploration. Department of Defense, Task Force for Business and Stability Operations. Assisted with mineral resource assessments in 2010–2011.
Alaska Exploration Geology. Avalon Development Corp., core logging, soil/stream sediment sampling, and modeling of a massive hydrothermal gold deposit at Donlin Creek in Alaska. 2008.
Land Surveying. DJ&A Engineers, Montana. 2004, 2006.
Instructor. Earth 10: Antarctica. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015.
Teaching Assistant. Earth 20: Catastrophes. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015.
Teaching Assistant. Earth 18: Introductory Field Geology. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015.
Teaching Assistant. Earth 104b: Spring Field Geology. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012.
Co-teacher of Middle School Geology. Designed and co-taught hands-on lessons in a 6th grade Earth Sciences classroom as part of a Science Partners in K-12 Education course, 2009.
Volunteer English Teacher. Taught in the rural village Mulbekh, northwestern India in coordination with the Omprakash Foundation, 2009.