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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

  • 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



  • Setera, J. B., VanTongeren, J. A. (2017). Lateral Variability in the Upper Main Zone, Bushveld Complex, due to directional magma recharge and emplacement from north to south. Journal of Petrology. (In Review)

  • 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.
  • Zirakparvar, N. A., Setera, J., Mathez, E., VanTongeren, J., and 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.
  • 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.


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

  • Setera, J.B., Bryce, J.G., Clyde, W.C. (2012), Isotope Geochemistry of Willwood Formation Paleosols from the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum; Bighorn Basin, WY.  University of New Hampshire, Earth Sciences Department (Undergraduate Thesis)

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Mineralogical Society of America

Work Experience

  • Environmentalist I, New Hampshire Geological Survey 2012-2014
  • Sedimentology Lab Manager, University of New Hampshire 2012-2014
  • Program Assistant, Joan & James Leitzel Center 2010-2013
  • Clean Lab Assistant, University of New Hampshire 2011-2012

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