College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geosciences
Dr. Sylvester, new professor and Pevehouse Chair at Texas Tech, is a recognized, world-class expert in the use of laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). His current research involves use of LA-ICPMS techniques at very small scales to quantify the mineral contents of shales and related rocks that are the source of oil and gas in the region and nationally. The ability to fully characterize shale mineralogy and geochemistry is a required part of assessing the methods and outcomes of fracking. In addition to the capabilities mentioned above, Sylvester is an expert in analysis and interpretation of various radioisotope systems. These systems are used in all aspects of the geological sciences, and in ecology, soil science, environmental toxicology and nutrition sciences. He will be establishing a core lab facility in ESB to provide this research capacity to TTU. Before joining TTU, Sylvester was a professor in Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the principle investigator, for the Inco Innovation Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland.