Setera, Jacob

Office: 340 Geological Sciences Lab
Phone: (848) 445-3449


  • Rutgers University, NJ, Ph.D. Candidate
  • University of New Hampshire, NH, B.S. Geology, 2012


  • Rutgers University, Earth and Planetary Sciences:

    • Teaching Assistant,  GEO 302: Petrology & GEO 301: Mineralogy
    • Instructor, Intro to Field Methods - Fall 2016
  • University of New Hampshire, Department of Earth Sciences
    • Assistant Instructor, 2011-2012:  Transforming Earth System Science Education (TESSE)

Honors, Awards

  • Lipman Research Award Recipient, Geological Society of America - 2018
  • William and Grace Sparks Graduate Student Research Award - 2016 (Rutgers)
  • Earth and Planetary Science Excellence Fellowship - Fall 2014, 2015 (Rutgers)
  • Glenice Dearborn Scholarship – 2011-2012 Academic Year (UNH)
  • SMART Grant – 2010-2011 Academic Year (UNH)


  • Geologic Mapping Award Committee - Student Member-at-Large, Geologic Society of America: July 2016 - June 2019
  • Student Advisory Council, Geological Society of America: July 2016 - June 2019
  • Rutgers Geology Museum Advisory Committee: 2017 - Present
  • GREENS Board Member, Rutgers University: 2017 - Present

Research Interests

  • Igneous Petrology
  • Isotope & Trace Element Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Layered Mafic Intrusions




Cantine M., Bergmann K., Setera J. B., VanTongeren J. A. and Mwinde C. (2018) The Grenville curse continues: detrital zircon grain size and the Ediacaran succession of Death Valley. Geology. (Submitted)

Klein B., Jagoutz O., VanTongeren J. A., & Setera J. B. (2018) Evidence for relamination of subducted sediments to the base of continental arcs. Nature. (Submitted)

Setera J. B., Turrin B. D., Herzog G. F., Delaney J. S., VanTongeren J. A., Lindsay F. N., Boesenberg J. F., & Swisher C. C. (2018) 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology for sub-milligram samples with illustrations from the Bushveld Complex and howardite, MAC 02666. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. (In Revision)

Setera J. B. & VanTongeren J. A. (2018) Lateral Variability in the Upper Main Zone, Bushveld Complex, due to directional magma recharge and emplacement from north to south. Journal of Petrology. 1, 24.


Phillips S. C., Johnson J. E., Clyde W. C., Setera J. B., Maxbauer D. P., Severmann S. & Riedinger N. (2017) Rock magnetic and geochemical evidence for authigenic magnetite formation via iron reduction in coal‐bearing sediments offshore Shimokita Peninsula, Japan (IODP Site C0020). Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

Bucholz C. E., Jagoutz O., VanTongeren J. A., Setera J. & Wang Z. (2017) Oxygen Isotope Trajectories of Crystallizing Melts: Insights from Modeling and the Plutonic Record. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 207, 154-184.

Zirakparvar N. A., Setera J., Mathez E., VanTongeren J. & Fossum R. (2016) The pre-Atlantic Hf isotope evolution of the east Laurentian continental margin:  Insights from zircon in basement rocks and glacial tillites from northern New Jersey and southeastern New York. Lithos 272, 69-83.


Setera J. B., Bryce J. & Clyde W. (2017) Geochemical Analysis of Paleosols During Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) – Big Horn Basin, WY. Senior Thesis, University of New Hampshire

Conference Abstracts


Setera J. B., VanTongeren J. A., Turrin B. D., Schoene B. and Swisher C. C. (2018) Constraining the mid-temperature thermal and hydrothermal history of the Bushveld Igneous Complex: Insights from U-Pb and biotite Ar-Ar geochronology. GSA, Annual Meet. Abstract XX.

Setera J. B., VanTongeren J. A., Turrin B. D. and Swisher C. C. (2018) Rapid cooling of the Bushveld Complex layered mafic intrusion. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract XX.

Godfrey L., Setera J. B. and Kay S. M. (2018) Low Temperature Weathering of Ignimbrites as a Source of Li to the Brine Deposits of the Central Andes, an Isotope Perspective. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract XX.

Kinney S. T., MacLennan S. A., Setera J. B., Schoene B., VanTongeren J. A. and Olsen P. E. (2018) Zircon U-Pb constraints on purported Cretaceous hotspot magmatism in northern New England. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract XX.

Kinney S. T., Setera J. B., Olsen P. E., MacLennan S. A., VanTongeren J. A., Schoene B., Forrest Town C., Strauss J. V., Hemming S. and Bradley D. C. (2018) Causal implications of new geochronological constraints on Mesozoic alkaline magmatism in New England. Goldschmidt, Annual Meet. Abstract.

Setera J. B., VanTongeren J.A, Turrin B. D. and Swisher C. C. (2018) Rapid cooling of the Bushveld Complex layered mafic intrustion. Wager and Brown Layered Igneous Rocks Workshop, 13th International Platinum Symposium (Poster)

Poirier R. K., Kozdon R., Schaller M. F., Setera J. B. and Raymo M. E. (2018) Asessing Potential for Diagenetic Overprinting of Climatic Signals in Benthic Foraminifera: Preliminary Results. FORAMS Symposium.

Strauss B. E., Tikoo S. M., Setera J. B. (2018) Constraining the Decline of the Moon’s Magnetic Field Using Apollo 12 Basalts. International Conference on Magmatism

B. D. Turrin, J. B. Setera, J. Park, J. S. Delaney, C.C. Swisher III, G. F. Herzog and A. J. Irving; (2018), 40Ar/39Ar Ages of Plagioclase-bearing Shergottite NWA 4480. LPSC, Annual Meet. Abstract 2083. (Poster)


Marjorie Cantine, Jacob Setera, Chiza Mwinde, Blair Schoene, Kristin Bergmann; (2017), Grain size influences the detrital record associated with the largest negative carbon isotope excursion in Earth history. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract EP23E-08

Klein, Benjamin Z., Jagoutz, Oliver, VanTongeren, Jill and Setera, Jacob; (2017), Evidence for Three Distinct Metasediment Emplacement Mechanisms in an Arc Crust Section, Southern Sierra Nevada, California. GSA, Annual Meet. Abstract #308128

Setera, J.B., VanTongeren, J.A., Turrin B., Swisher, C.C. (2017) Rapid Cooling of the Bushveld Complex Layered Mafic Instrusion. Goldschmidt, Annual Meet. Abstract # 2017005805 (Poster)


Setera, J.B. and VanTongeren, J.A.; (2016) An Evolving Incoming Magma Composition Below the Pyroxenite Marker, Eastern Bushveld Complex, South Africa. GSA, Penrose Conference:  Layered Mafic Intrusions and Associated Economic Deposits. (Talk)

Kinney, Sean T., Olsen, Paul E., Schoene, Blair, VanTongeren, Jill, SeteraJacob; (2016), Jurassic Igneous Activity of the White Mountain Magma Series and the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province:  A Temporal and Possible Geodynamic Connection?. GSA, Annual Meet. Abstract #287845

J.B. Setera, B. Turrin, J.A. VanTongeren, F.N. Lindsay, G.F. Herzog, J.S. Delaney, and C.C. Swisher III; (2016), 40Ar/39Ar Thermochronology: A Method for Precise Age Dating & Closure Temperatures, With Implications for Meteoritic and Terrestrial Samples. LPSC, Annual Meet. Abstract 3017. (Poster)


Maria Florencia Fahnestock, Lance Matthew Erickson, Martin Wik, Joel DeStasio, Madison Halloran, Jacob Setera, Julia G. Bryce, Carmody K McCalley, Patrick M Crill, Joel E Johnson, Ruth K Varner; (2015), Mercury Storage in Sub-Arctic lake sediments in Stordalen Mire, Abisko Sweden. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract B31C-0572.

Kinney, Sean T., Olsen, Paule E., Schoene, Blair, VanTongeren, Jill, Setera, Jacob and Hemming, Sidney R; (2015), Re-evaluating the White Mountain Magma Series Through High-Precision Zircon U-Pb Geochronology and Trace Element Geochemistry:  A Preliminary Report. GSA, Annual Meet. Paper No. 319-2.


Joel DeStasio; Madison Halloran; Lance M. Erickson; Ruth K. Varner; Joel E. Johnson; Jacob Setera; Maria F. Prado; Martin Wik; Patrick M. Crill; (2013), Methane and Carbon Dioxide Production Rates in Lake Sediments from Sub-Arctic Sweden.  AGU, Fall Meet.  Suppl., Abstract GC23B-0910.

Lance M. Erickson; Maria F. Prado; Martin Wik; Joel DeStasio; Madison Halloran; Jacob Setera; Julia G. Bryce; Patrick M. Crill; Joel E. Johnson; Ruth K. Varner; (2013), Mercury Dynamics In Sub-Arctic Lake Sediments Across A Methane Ebullition Gradient.  AGU, Fall Meet.  Suppl., Abstract B41C-0410.

Madison Halloran; Joel DeStasio; Lance Erickson; Joel E. Johnson; Ruth K. Varner; Jacob Setera; Maria F. Prado; Martin Wik; Patrick M. Crill; (2013), Methane Concentrations and Biogeochemistry in Lake Sediments from Stordalen Mire, Sub-Arctic Sweden.  AGU, Fall Meet.  Suppl., Abstract B51E-0331.


Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Mineralogical Society of America
  • European Association of Geochemistry

Current outreach work and previous work experience can be found in the attached curriculum vitae.