THE PARAI LAB

Welcome! My laboratory pursues high-precision measurements of isotopes in rocks to better understand the formation and evolution of planetary bodies.

=============================================== Pahoehoe in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii.

THE PARAI LAB

Welcome! My laboratory pursues high-precision measurements of isotopes in rocks to better understand the formation and evolution of planetary bodies.

===================================================== Columnar basalt at Kirkjubæjarklaustur near the south coast of Iceland.

THE PARAI LAB

Welcome! My laboratory pursues high-precision measurements of isotopes in rocks to better understand the formation and evolution of planetary bodies.

=============================================== Columnar basalt roses at Dyrhólaey, Iceland.

THE PARAI LAB

Welcome! My laboratory pursues high-precision measurements of isotopes in rocks to better understand the formation and evolution of planetary bodies.

=============================================== Olivine-rich basalt cobbles on the shore of Þingvellavatn, Iceland.

THE PARAI LAB

Welcome! My laboratory pursues high-precision measurements of isotopes in rocks to better understand the formation and evolution of planetary bodies.

=============================================== Pahoehoe and a volcanic bomb in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii.

THE PARAI LAB

Welcome! My laboratory pursues high-precision measurements of isotopes in rocks to better understand the formation and evolution of planetary bodies.

=============================================== Basalt in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii.

Bio

I am a high-temperature isotope geochemist who primarily uses noble gases to address questions about how planetary bodies form and evolve over time. Explore these pages to learn more about my research group, our laboratory facilities and the research we pursue.

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Research

We pursue topics related to the early Earth, lunar formation, the origin and evolution of Earth’s volatile budgets, chemical cycling between deep Earth and surface reservoirs, the nature of mantle heterogeneities and chemical constraints on geodynamics.

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News

Our new paper about Xe isotopic constraints on volatile recycling was accepted at Nature -- watch this space for updates!

Individuals interested in graduate or postdoctoral research should contact parai at wustl dot edu for more information.

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Contact

Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive
Rudolph Hall, Room 110
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

(314) 935-3974