Steven L. Goldstein

Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Geochemistry
Earth and Environmental Sciences
213 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
Phone: 
(845) 365-8787
Fax: 
(845) 365-8155
Fields of interest: 
Isotope Geology

The Earth is a dynamic planet. Throughout its four and a half billion year history, magmas generated in the mantle have created the crust, which in turn has been mixed back into the mantle by subduction. The decay of radioactive elements in rocks imparts fingerprints that we use to understand how these processes work, and to determine the timing of events.

These fingerprints are among the most versatile geological tracers. Their applicability extends across the spectrum of the Earth sciences and is limited only by our creativity and imagination. Among the most exciting aspects of isotope geochemistry is that we are neither "hard-" nor "soft" rockers, neither "Quaternary-" nor "Archean" geologists.

At Lamont, we are using isotopic tracers in studies ranging from deep Earth processes and evolution to Quaternary climate change. Our igneous studies include the history of continental growth as well magma formation processes at ocean ridges, ocean islands, and island arcs. Low-temperature studies include tracing element fluxes in the present-day oceans and through time, and quantifying the timing of climate change through dating of sediments only thousands of years old. The next decade promises to be the most exciting yet as new analytical techniques will extend our arsenal of isotopic tracers.

I found Lamont to be an amazingly exciting place to be a Ph.D. student, and this is why I returned as a faculty member when the opportunity arose. Its combination of great intellectual breadth and range of resources and friendliness make a great environment for research and education.

Currently Funded Projects ( details )

Education
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D.
Columbia University
1986
MA
Harvard University
1978
BA
Columbia University
1976
Honors & Awards: 
Excellence in Teaching Award (!), Grad. Student Council, Dept. Earth & Env. Sci. 2005
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union 2009
Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award 2010
Randye Rutberg, faculty, Hunter College, CUNY
Alexandra LaGatta, faculty, St. Mary's College of California
Alexander Piotrowski, faculty, U of Cambridge
William Thompson, scientist, Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution
Kevin Jones, Exxon-Mobil
Kyla Simons, Exxon Mobil
Selected Publications: 
GEOTRACES intercalibration of neodymium isotopes and rare earth element concentrations in seawater and suspended particles - Part 2: systematic tests and baseline profiles, Pahnke, K.; van De Flierdt, T.; Jones, K.M.; Lambelet, M.; Hemming, S.R.; Goldstein, S.L. , Limnology and Oceanography - Methods, Volume 10, p.253-269, (2012)

Slab and mantle controls on the Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotope evolution of the post-42 Myr Izu Bonin volcanic arc, Straub, S M; Goldstein, S L; Class, C; Schmidt, A; Gomez-Tuena, A , Journal of Petrology, (2010)

Evidence for iceberg armadas from East Antarctica in the Southern Ocean during the late Miocene and early Pliocene, Williams, T; van de Flierdt, T; Hemming, SR; Chung, E; Roy, M; Goldstein, SL , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 290, p.351-361, (2010)

Contrasting compositions of Saharan dust in the eastern Atlantic Ocean during the last deglaciation and African Humid Period, Cole, J. M.; Goldstein, S. L.; deMenocal, P. B.; Hemming, S. R.; Grousset, F. E. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 278, Issue 3-4, p.257-266, (2009), doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.12.011

Mid-ocean-ridge basalt of Indian type in the northwest Pacific Ocean basin, Straub, S. M.; Goldstein, S. L.; Class, C.; Schmidt, A. , Nature Geoscience, Apr, Volume 2, Issue 4, p.286-289, (2009), Doi 10.1038/Ngeo471

Comprehensive refertilization of lithospheric mantle beneath the North China Craton: further Os-Sr-Nd isotopic constraints, Zhang, H.F.; Goldstein, S.L.; Zhou, X.H.; Sun, M.; Cai, Y. , Journal of the Geological Society, 03/2009, Volume 166, p.11, (2009)

Comprehensive refertilization of lithospheric mantle beneath the North China Craton: further Os-Sr-Nd isotopic constraints, Zhang, H.F.; Goldstein, S.L.; Zhou, X.H.; Sun, M.; Cai, Y. , Journal of the Geological Society, 03/2009, Volume 166, p.11, (2009)

Osmium isotopes in Grande Comore lavas: constraints on EM-type mantle components, Class, C; Goldstein, S L; Shirey, S B , Earth and Planetary Letters, Volume 284, p.219-227, (2009)

Use of strontium isotopes in detrital sediments to constrain the glacial position of the Agulhas Retroflection, Franzese, A. M.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L. , Paleoceanography, Volume 24, (2009), 10.1029/2008PA001706

Evolution of subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath eastern China: Re-Os isotopic evidence from mantle xenoliths in Paleozoic kimberlites and Mesozoic basalts, Zhang, H. F.; Goldstein, S. L.; Zhou, X. H.; Sun, M.; Zheng, J. P.; Cai, Y. , Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Mar, Volume 155, Issue 3, p.271-293, (2008), DOI 10.1007/s00410-007-0241-5

Origin of a 'Southern Hemisphere' geochemical signature in the Arctic upper mantle, Goldstein, S. L.; Soffer, G.; Langmuir, C. H.; Lehnert, K. A.; Graham, D. W.; Michael, P. J. , Nature, May 1, Volume 453, Issue 7191, p.89-U5, (2008), Doi 10.1038/Nature06919

Modeling the marine nd isotope variability with an offline ocean general circulation model, Jones, K. M.; Khatiwala, S.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; van de Flierdt, T. , Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Jul, Volume 72, Issue 12, p.A439-A439, (2008)

Abrupt changes in Antarctic Intermediate Water circulation over the past 25,000 years, Pahnke, K; Goldstein, S.L.; Hemming, S.R. , Nature Geoscience, Volume 1, p.870-874, (2008)

Ar-40/Ar-39 ages of hornblende grains and bulk Sm/Nd isotopes of circum-Antarctic glacio-marine sediments: Implications for sediment provenance in the Southern Ocean, Roy, M.; van de Flierdt, T. V.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L. , Chemical Geology, Oct 15, Volume 244, Issue 3-4, p.507-519, (2007), DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.07.017

Effects of prolonged flat subduction on the Miocene magmatic record of the central Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, Mori, L.; Gomez-Tuena, A.; Cai, Y.; Goldstein, S. L. , Chemical Geology, Oct 15, Volume 244, Issue 3-4, p.452-473, (2007), DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.07.002

Geochemical evidence for slab melting in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, Gomez-Tuena, A.; Langmuir, C. H.; Goldstein, S. L.; Straub, S. M.; Ortega-Gutierrez, F. , Journal of Petrology, Mar, Volume 48, Issue 3, p.537-562, (2007), DOI 10.1093/petrology/egl071

Global neodymium hafnium isotope systematics - Revisited, Van De Flierdt, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Frank, M.; Halliday, A. N. , Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Aug, Volume 71, Issue 15, p.A1053-A1053, (2007)

Global neodymium-hafnium isotope systematics - revisited, van de Flierdt, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Roy, M.; Frank, M.; Halliday, A. N. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Jul 30, Volume 259, Issue 3-4, p.432-441, (2007), DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.05.003

Late Quaternary changes in desert dust inputs to the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden from Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios in deep-sea cores, Stein, M.; Almogi-Labin, A.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemleben, C.; Starinsky, A. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Sep 15, Volume 261, Issue 1-2, p.104-119, (2007), DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.06.008

Strontium isotope tracing of terrigenous sediment dispersal in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current: Implications for constraining frontal positions, Hemming, S. R.; van de Flierdt, T.; Goldstein, S. L.; Franzese, A. M.; Roy, M.; Gastineau, G.; Landrot, G. , Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Jun 13, Volume 8, p.-, (2007), Doi 10.1029/2006gc001441

The co-evolution of Black Sea level and composition through the last deglaciation and its paleoclimatic significance, Major, C. O.; Goldstein, S. L.; Ryan, W. B. F.; Lericolais, G.; Piotrowski, A. M.; Hajdas, I. , Quaternary Science Reviews, Sep, Volume 25, Issue 17-18, p.2031-2047, (2006), DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.01.032

Radiogenic isotope fingerprint of Wilkes Land - Adelie Coast Bottom Water in the circum-Antarctic Ocean, van de Flierdt, T.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L.; Abouchami, W. , Geophysical Research Letters, Jun 24, Volume 33, Issue 12, p.-, (2006), Doi 10.1029/2006gl026020

The radiogenic isotope fingerprint of Wilkes Land-Adelie Coast Bottom Water in the Circum-Antarctic Ocean, van de Flierdt, T.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L.; Abouchami, W. , Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Aug-Sep, Volume 70, Issue 18, p.A665-A665, (2006), DOI 10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.1243

A radiometric calibration of the SPECMAP timescale, Thompson, W. G.; Goldstein, S. L. , Quaternary Science Reviews, Dec, Volume 25, Issue 23-24, p.3207-3215, (2006), DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.02.007

Reduced Agulhas Leakage during the Last Glacial Maximum inferred from an integrated provenance and flux study, Franzese, A. M.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L.; Anderson, R. F. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Oct 15, Volume 250, Issue 1-2, p.72-88, (2006), DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2006.07.002

Temporal stability of the neodymium isotope signature of the Holocene to glacial North Atlantic, van de Flierdt, T.; Robinson, L. F.; Adkins, J. F.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L. , Paleoceanography, Nov 25, Volume 21, Issue 4, p.-, (2006), Doi 10.1029/2006pa001294

Evolution of helium isotopes in the Earth's mantle, Class, C.; Goldstein, S. L. , Nature, Aug 25, Volume 436, Issue 7054, p.1107-1112, (2005), Doi 10.1038/Nature03930

Grand Comore Island: A well-constrained "low He-3/He-4" mantle plume, Class, C.; Goldstein, S. L.; Stute, M.; Kurz, M. D.; Schlosser, P. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, May 15, Volume 233, Issue 3-4, p.391-409, (2005), DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2005.02.029

Open-system coral ages reveal persistent suborbital sea-level cycles, Thompson, W. G.; Goldstein, S. L. , Science, Apr 15, Volume 308, Issue 5720, p.401-404, (2005), DOI 10.1126/science.1104035

Sr isotope evidence for sources of terrigenous sediment in the southeast Atlantic Ocean: Is there increased available Fe for enhanced glacial productivity?, Rutberg, R. L.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Anderson, R. F. , Paleoceanography, Mar 30, Volume 20, Issue 1, p.-, (2005), Doi 10.1029/2003pa000999

Temporal relationships of carbon cycling and ocean circulation at glacial boundaries, Piotrowski, A. M.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Fairbanks, R. G. , Science, Mar 25, Volume 307, Issue 5717, p.1933-1938, (2005), DOI 10.1126/science.1104883

Intensification and variability of ocean thermohaline circulation through the last deglaciation, Piotrowski, A. M.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Fairbanks, R. G. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Aug 30, Volume 225, Issue 1-2, p.205-220, (2004), DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2004.06.002

Origin of enriched ocean ridge basalts and implications for mantle dynamics, Donnelly, K. E.; Goldstein, S. L.; Langmuir, C. H.; Spiegelman, M. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Oct 15, Volume 226, Issue 3-4, p.347-366, (2004), DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2004.07.019

U-Th dating of Lake Lisan (late Pleistocene Dead Sea) aragonite and implications for glacial East Mediterranean climate change, Haase-Schramm, A.; Goldstein, S. L.; Stein, M. , Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Mar, Volume 68, Issue 5, p.985-1005, (2004)

Catastrophic arid episodes in the Eastern Mediterranean linked with the North Atlantic Heinrich events, Bartov, Y.; Goldstein, S. L.; Stein, M.; Enzel, Y. , Geology, May, Volume 31, Issue 5, p.439-442, (2003)

Catastrophic flooding of the Black Sea, Ryan, W. B. F.; Major, C. O.; Lericolais, G.; Goldstein, S. L. , Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Volume 31, p.525-554, (2003), DOI 10.1146/annurev.earth.31.100901.141249

Magmatic and amagmatic seafloor generation at the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge, Arctic Ocean, Michael, P. J.; Langmuir, C. H.; Dick, H. J. B.; Snow, J. E.; Goldstein, S. L.; Graham, D. W.; Lehnert, K.; Kurras, G.; Jokat, W.; Muhe, R.; Edmonds, H. N. , Nature, Jun 26, Volume 423, Issue 6943, p.956-U1, (2003), Doi 10.1038/Nature01704

An open-system model for U-series age determinations of fossil corals, Thompson, W. G.; Spiegelman, M. W.; Goldstein, S. L.; Speed, R. C. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, May 15, Volume 210, Issue 1-2, p.365-381, (2003), Doi 10.1016/S0012-821x(03)00121-3

Temporal control of subduction magmatism in the eastern Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt: Mantle sources, slab contributions, and crustal contamination, Gomez-Tuena, A.; LaGatta, A. B.; Langmuir, C. H.; Goldstein, S. L.; Ortega-Gutierrez, F.; Carrasco-Nunez, G. , Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Aug 9, Volume 4, p.-, (2003), Doi 10.1029/2003gc000524

Standards for publication of isotope ratio and chemical data in Chemical Geology, Goldstein, S. L.; Deines, P.; Oelkers, E. H.; Rudnick, R. L.; Walter, L. M. , Chemical Geology, Dec 15, Volume 202, Issue 1-2, p.1-4, (2003), DOI 10.1016/j.chemgo.2003.08.003

The control of lithium budgets in island arcs, Tomascak, P. B.; Widom, E.; Benton, L. D.; Goldstein, S. L.; Ryan, J. G. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Mar 15, Volume 196, Issue 3-4, p.227-238, (2002), Pii S0012-821x(01)00614-8

Sulfur and strontium isotope composition of the Llobregat River (NE Spain): Tracers of natural and anthropogenic chemicals in stream waters, Soler, A.; Canals, A.; Goldstein, S. L.; Otero, N.; Antich, N.; Spangenberg, J. , Water Air and Soil Pollution, May, Volume 136, Issue 1-4, p.207-224, (2002)

Calibration of the C-14 time scale to > 40 ka by U-234-Th-230 dating of Lake Lisan sediments (last glacial Dead Sea), Schramm, A.; Stein, M.; Goldstein, S. L. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Jan 30, Volume 175, Issue 1-2, p.27-40, (2000)

Composition and processes of the mantle lithosphere in northeastern Brazil and Fernando de Noronha: evidence from mantle xenoliths, Rivalenti, G.; Mazzucchelli, M.; Girardi, V. A. V.; Vannucci, R.; Barbieri, M. A.; Zanetti, A.; Goldstein, S. L. , Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Apr, Volume 138, Issue 4, p.308-325, (2000)

Radiocarbon calibration beyond the dendrochronology range, Stein, M.; Goldstein, S. L.; Schramm, A. , Radiocarbon, Volume 42, Issue 3, p.415-422, (2000)

Reconstructing low levels of Lake Lisan by correlating fan-delta and lacustrine deposits, Machlus, M.; Enzel, Y.; Goldstein, S. L.; Marco, S.; Stein, M. , Quaternary International, Volume 73-4, p.137-144, (2000)

Reduced North Atlantic Deep Water flux to the glacial Southern Ocean inferred from neodymium isotope ratios, Rutberg, R. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Goldstein, S. L. , Nature, Jun 22, Volume 405, Issue 6789, p.935-938, (2000)

Distinguishing melt and fluid subduction components in Umnak volcanics, Aleutian Arc, Class, C.; Miller, D. M.; Goldstein, S. L.; Langmuir, C. H. , Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Volume 1, Issue 6, (2000), 10.1029/1999GC000010

The process of plume-lithosphere interactions in the ocean basins - the case of Grande Comore, Class, C.; Goldstein, S. L.; Altherr, R.; Bachelery, P. , Journal of Petrology, May, Volume 39, Issue 5, p.881-903, (1998)

Plume-lithosphere interactions in the ocean basins: constraints from the source mineralogy, Class, C.; Goldstein, S. L. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Aug, Volume 150, Issue 3-4, p.245-260, (1997)

Temporal evolution of the Kerguelen plume: Geochemical evidence from approximate to 38 to 82 Ma lavas forming the Ninetyeast ridge - Discussion, Class, C.; Goldstein, S. L.; Galer, S. J. G. , Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Jun, Volume 124, Issue 1, p.98-103, (1996)

Cerium Lead and Lead-Isotope Ratios in Arc Magmas and the Enrichment of Lead in the Continents, Miller, D. M.; Goldstein, S. L.; Langmuir, C. H. , Nature, Apr 7, Volume 368, Issue 6471, p.514-520, (1994)

The Importance of Parental Magma Composition to Calc-Alkaline and Tholeiitic Evolution - Evidence from Umnak Island in the Aleutians, Miller, D. M.; Langmuir, C. H.; Goldstein, S. L.; Franks, A. L. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, Jan 10, Volume 97, Issue B1, p.321-343, (1992)

A Sm-Nd Isotopic Study of Atmospheric Dusts and Particulates from Major River Systems, Goldstein, S. L.; Onions, R. K.; Hamilton, P. J. , Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 70, Issue 2, p.221-236, (1984)

Nd and Sr Isotopic Study of a Mafic Layer from Ronda Ultramafic Complex, Zindler, A.; Staudigel, H.; Hart, S. R.; Endres, R.; Goldstein, S. , Nature, Volume 304, Issue 5923, p.226-230, (1983)

Nd, Sr and Pb Isotopic Systematics in a 3-Component Mantle - a New Perspective, Zindler, A.; Jagoutz, E.; Goldstein, S. , Nature, Volume 298, Issue 5874, p.519-523, (1982)

Nd and Sr Isotopic Relationships in Pelagic Clays and Ferromanganese Deposits, Goldstein, S. L.; Onions, R. K. , Nature, Volume 292, Issue 5821, p.324-327, (1981)