AIRIE Mission Statement

To set an example for ethical practices,
To pursue excellence in science and technology,
To seek global applications for fundamental discoveries,
To advance the geosciences for the benefit of Earth and her inhabitants.

We will accomplish these goals by diligence and creativity, by engaging
other disciplines, embracing new ideas, and respecting diverse perspectives.
Re-Os Geochronology and Os Isotope Tracer Studies
Applied to Sulfides, Black Shales, and Hydrocarbons

Re-Os geochemistry enlightens our understanding of how metal and
HYDROCARBON resources are created, when they formed, and where they are located.


Our work with the petroleum industry includes direct dating of organic material held in potential source rocks, leached from reservoir rocks or from rocks along the migration pathway. This is achieved through analysis of the hydrogenous component in black shales, or direct analysis of oils or bitumen.

We have reconstructed whole petroleum systems (residual oils from early charges, timing of tar mat formation, extraction and dating of oil in the reservoir leg, and direct dating of the well oil). Our work is focused in the Barents and North Seas, but also includes the Gulf of Mexico and frontier basins in Australia. Proof-of-concept work is complete. Our comprehensive approach to hydrocarbon generation and mobility is finding increased application with the petroleum industry.
Searching for hydrocarbon in Svalbard   Examining IKU core at SINTEF in Trondheim