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Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center



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Gordon Love

Gordon Love
Co-Investigator

UCR

Dept. of Earth Sciences,
University of California, Riverside
gordon.love@ucr.edu
Website: http://earthsciences.ucr.edu/love.html

Research Interests

The primary focus of my research is molecular organic geochemistry, particularly applied to the ancient sedimentary record, but also to microbial cultures, recent sediments and carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. My interests involve retrieving and interpreting ancient molecular and isotopic biosignatures preserved in the geological record and formulating strategies for discriminating abiogenic from biogenic mechanisms of organic matter formation with application to the kerogens found in Earth's oldest sediments. My research uses a combination of state-of-the-art analytical techniques for analysis of recalcitrant fossil biochemicals found in the geosphere known as lipid biomarkers e.g. gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), gas chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-IRMS) and catalytic hydropyrolysis (HyPy).I am also interested in applying spectroscopic techniques for assessing the bulk chemical composition of sedimentary organic matter (solid-state 13C NMR, Raman) and using stable isotope analyses ( 13C and 15 N) for probing carbon and nitrogen cycling in the ancient biosphere.

References

Love, G.D., Snape, C.E., Carr, A.D. and Houghton, R.C., 1995, Release of covalently-bound alkane biomarkers in high yields from kerogen via catalytic hydropyrolysis: Organic Geochemistry, v. 23, p. 981-986.Love, G.D., Snape, C.E., Carr, A.D. and Houghton, R.C., 1995, Release of covalently-bound alkane biomarkers in high yields from kerogen via catalytic hydropyrolysis: Organic Geochemistry, v. 23, p. 981-986.

 

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center
2460 Geology

Tel: (951) 827-3106
E-mail: astrobiology@ucr.edu

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