Patrick H. Donohue
Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
- Post-doctoral researcher, nuclear forensics, University of Notre Dame (Tony Simonetti, PI).
- Ph.D. // University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (2014).
State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2008)
- Drs. Tony Simonetti, Sara Mana, and I are organizing a session on "Advances in Nuclear Forensics" as part of the 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.
- Member, Organizing Committee, Lunar Graduate Conference (2012 & 2013).
- I periodically update a personal/research blog. Some select geology posts:
- Follow me on Twitter: @poikiloblastic
RESEARCH & OUTREACH
The first nuclear bomb test, codenamed Trinity, was performed in July 1945 at the White Sands Proving Grounds (near Alamogordo, New Mexico). The device, Gadget, was an implosion-type design with a plutonium (Pu-239) core. Trinity was a successful test, and the heat resulting from the 18 kiloton explosion melted the desert sand out to distances of 400 meters from ground zero. The melted sand rapidly cooled to form a glassy layer (up to 2 cm thick) now referred to as trinitite (alternatively, Alamogordo glass). This post-detonation material is a valuable tool in nuclear forensics research. Trinitite incorporated pieces of the Gadget and blast tower, and one of our goals is to identify and characterize the distribution and composition of individual components through geochemical and radionuclide analysis.
Public and peer outreach has always been an important concept to me. Currently, I am co-supervising the training and research projects of two Notre Dame undergraduates. I also feel strongly that science should be widely communicated outside of conferences and scientific journals. Twitter is an excellent venue for real-time sharing and interacting with an audience that includes academic and public users. Some appealing discussion topics have led to longer geological pieces that I post on a personal/research blog.
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A. L. Fagan, C. R. Neal, A. Simonetti, P. H. Donohue, and K. M. O'Sullivan (2013) Distinguishing between Apollo 14 impact melt and pristine mare basalt samples by geochemical and textural analyses of olivine. Geochimica et Cosmochimica acta 106, 429-445.
P. H. Donohue, Z. Gallegos, N. Hammond, and R. Potter (2012) Science concept 6: The Moon is an accessible laboratory for studying the impact processes on planetary scales. In A Global Lunar Landing Site Study to Provide the Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon, D.A. Kring and D.D. Durda (eds.), LPI Contribution No. 1694, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, pp. 333-412.
P. H. Donohue, A. Simonetti and C. R. Neal (2012) Chemical characterisation of natural ilmenite: a possible new reference material. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 36, 61-73.
Twenty-one ilmenite fragments have been distributed to research institutions in Germany, China, Tasmania, Spain and France.
RESEARCH TALKS & POSTERS
P. H. Donohue and C. R. Neal (2013) "Quantitative petrography of ilmenite in lunar mare basalts". 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2497. view e-posters
P. H. Donohue, R. E. Stevens, C. R. Neal, and R. A. Zeigler (2013) "Testing the origins of basalt fragments from Apollo 16". 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2897. view e-posters
- H. A. Fuqua, J. Szalay, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, and P. H. Donohue (2013) "LunGradCon: Lunar and small bodies graduate student conference 2013, call for participation" 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #1725. view e-posters
P. H. Donohue and C. R. Neal (2012) "Olivine cumulate 71597". 5th Lunar Science Forum, Abstract #562.
P. H. Donohue and C. R. Neal (2012) "Apollo 17 high-Ti basalt evolution: Whole rock vs. mineral crystallization trends". 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2827.
- P. H. Donohue and C. R. Neal (2012) Crystal stratigraphy of olivine cumulate 71597: The crystallization history of a high-Ti basalt lava flow. 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2077.
C. R. Neal, A. L. Fagan, K. O'Sullivan, and P. H. Donohue (2011) "Non-destructive identification of lunar impact melts". Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 188.
P. H. Donohue and C. R. Neal (2011) Apollo 17 Type A basalts: Petrography to petrogenesis (abstract title: Petrogenesis of Apollo 17 high-titanium basalts using crystal stratigraphy). NASA Lunar Science Forum, Abstract #425.
P. H. Donohue, C. R. Neal, and A. Simonetti (2011) "Petrogenesis of Apollo 17 high-titanium basalts using crystal stratigraphy". 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2833.
P. H. Donohue and C. R. Neal (2011) Textural analyses of Apollo 17 high-titanium basalts using crystal size distributions. 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2568.
- C. R. Neal, P. H. Donohue, A. L. Fagan, H. Hui, and K. O'Sullivan (2011) Using quantitative petrography to distinguish between pristine basalts and impact melts from the Moon. 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2668.
P. H. Donohue, R. W. K. Potter, Gallegos Z., Hammond N., C. R. Neal, and D. A. Kring (2011) "The importance of lunar sample return in determining the nature of ejecta processes". 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference microsymposium: The Importance of Solar System Sample Return Missions to the Future of Planetary Science, Abstract #5035.
D. A. Kring, J. Balcerski, D. M. Blair, M. Chojnacki, P. H. Donohue, S. A. Drummond, J. M. Garber, M. Hopkins, M. S. Huber, S. J. Jaret, A. Losiak, A. Maier, J. Mitchell, L. Ong, L. R. Ostrach, K. M. O'Sullivan, R. W. K. Potter, S. Robbins, B. Shankar, E. K. Shea, K. N. Singer, M. Sori, S. Sturm, M. Willmen, M. Zanetti, and A. Wittmann (2011) "Fold hinge in overturned Coconino sandstone and its structural displacement during the formation of Barringer Meteorite Crater (a.k.a. Meteor Crater)." 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Abstract #1740.
D. A. Kring, J. Balcerski, D. M. Blair, M. Chojnacki, P. H. Donohue, S. A. Drummond, J. M. Garber, M. Hopkins, M. S. Huber, S. J. Jaret, A. Losiak, A. Maier, J. Mitchell, L. Ong, L. R. Ostrach, K. M. O'Sullivan, R. W. K. Potter, S. Robbins, B. Shankar, E. K. Shea, K. N. Singer, M. Sori, S. Sturm, M. Willmen, M. Zanetti, and A. Wittmann (2011) Asymmetrical distribution of impact ejected lithologies at Barringer Meteorite Crater (a.k.a. Meteor Crater). 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #1746.
R. W. K. Potter, P. H. Donohue, Z. Gallegos, N. P. Hammond, and D. A. Kring (2011) Multi-ring basins: Where and how to best determine their structure. 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #1445.
Z. Gallegos, P. H. Donohue, N. P. Hammond, R. W. K. Potter, and D. A. Kring (2011) Maunder Crater: A case study of a landing site designed to full-fill multiple NRC (2007) science objectives. 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #1958.
P. H. Donohue, A. Simonetti, and C. R. Neal (2010) Characterisation of a potential ilmenite reference material. 20th Goldschmidt Conference, Abstract #A242.
P. H. Donohue, and C. R. Neal (2010) Apollo 17 high-Ti basalt crystal size distributions and petrogenesis. 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #2073.
P. H. Donohue, and C. R. Neal (2009) Apollo 17 high-titanium basalt petrogenesis revealed by crystal size distributions and mineral geochemistry. 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract #1805.
- Best Student Presentation in Theme 20, Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research Prize for poster presented at Goldschmidt 2010 conference
2008-Present: University of Notre Dame
Enrolled in Ph.D. program, Geological Sciences, 3.67 GPA
2004-2008: State University of New York at Geneseo US-NY-Geneseo
Bachelor of Arts, Geological Sciences, 3.23 GPA
Undergraduate career highlights
- 2005-2008: Appointed webmaster of the geology department and Geology Club
- 2007: Elected Geology Club president. Charter member of Geneseo's Eta Rho chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the National Honor Society for the Earth Sciences. Two week geology department trip to see the Troodos ophiolite suite and Mediterranean geology on the island of Cyprus.
- 2008: Awarded Timothy O'Mara '83 Excellence Award in recognition of service to the department.
Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater, October 2010
Week long field class and research project at Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona, covering impact cratering processes and terrains. Click here to read about the experience.
Led by Dr. David A. Kring and Dr. Axel Wittmann from the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX
LPI Lunar Exploration Internship, June-August 2010
The Moon is an Accessible Laboratory for Studying the Impact Process on Planetary Scales: Assessing Concept 6 of the NRC Report on the Scientific Context for the Exploration of the Moon
The full report is available here via the LPI
Team Members: Z. Gallegos, N. Hammond, and R. W. K. Potter
Advisor: Dr. David A. Kring, University Space Research Association – Lunar and Planetary Institute
Laboratory Teaching Assistant, 2006 – 2010
SUNY Geneseo (2006-2008) and University of Notre Dame (2008-2010)
Introductory Geology Lab for Undergraduates
Paleontology Research Internship, May-August 2007
Eifelian-Givetian Stage Boundary (Middle Devonian) in the Appalachian and Michigan Basins
Dr. Jeff Over, Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo
Environmental Science Intern, May-August, 2006
Barton & Loguidice, P.C., Syracuse, NY
As part of the LPI internship we toured the Lunar Sample Laboratory at Johnson Space Center
and got up close and personal with the Lunar Electric Rover
The ND geology department recently instituted a field trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula (near Marquette, MI). I participated on the 'test' trip in Spring 2011, and was official photographer and an assistant during the October 2011 and October 2012 field trips. Michigan's UP has some spectacular banded iron formations!
‹Updated July 2014›