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Jonathan Levine

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Physics & Astronomy, 132 Ho Science Center
p 315-228-6632
Jonathan Levine's interests are centered on the physics of the planets, planetary materials, and interactions between the Earth and its environment in space.  His experimental work has included analyses of lunar samples collected by the Apollo astronauts, meteorites, presolar mineral grains, and interplanetary dust. 

Together with Colgate students, Professor Levine is presently measuring the abundances of ultra-trace cosmogenic nuclides in meteorites as a means of determining how long ago they fell to Earth.

Professor Levine teaches courses in the traditional physics curriculum, such as electricity and magnetism, and also courses that draw heavily on his research themes, such as planetary science (ASTR 313) and a Core Scientific Perspectives course on the atmosphere (Core 166S).


BA Cornell University 1997; BA Oxford University; MS, PhD University of California, Berkeley 2002, 2004


Anderson, F. Scott, Jonathan Levine, and Tom Whitaker, "Dating the Martian Meteorite Zagami by the 87Rb-87Sr Isochron Method with a Prototype In-situ Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometer," Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 29, 191-204, doi:10.1002/rcm.7095, 2015.

Levine, Jonathan, "Seasonal changes in the apparent position of the Sun as elementary applications of vector operations," European Journal of Physics, 35, 065020 (11 pp), 2014. 

Levine, Jonathan, "A Simplified Calculation of Power-Broadened Linewidths, with Application to Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry," Spectrochimica Acta Part B (Atomic Spectroscopy), 69, 61-66, 2012.

Pellin, Michael J., Igor V. Veryovkin, Jonathan Levine, Alexander Zinovev, Andrew M. Davis, Thomas Stephan, C. Emil Tripa, Bruce V. King, and Michael R. Savina, “Ion Microscopy with Resonant Ionization Mass Spectroscopy:  Time-of-Flight Depth Profiling with Improved Isotopic Precision,” European Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 16, 373-377, doi:10.1255/ejms.1085, 2010.

Levine, Jonathan, Michael R. Savina, Thomas Stephan, Andrew M. Davis, and Michael J. Pellin, “Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Precise Measurements of Isotope Ratios,” International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 288, 36-43, doi:10.1016/j.ijms.2009.07.013, 2009.

Levine, J., M. Savina, T. Stephan, and M. Pellin, “Improvements in RIMS Isotopic Precision:  Applications to in situ atom-limited isotopic analyses,” In T. Iguchi and K. Watanabe, eds., AIP Conference Proceedings 1104, 4th International Conference on Laser Probing, 90-95, doi:10.1063/1.3115614, 2009. 

Levine, Jonathan, Andrés Arazi, Thomas Faestermann, Jorge Fernández Niello, Gunther Korschinek, Ana María La Gamma, Agustín Negri, Georg Rugel, Peter Steier, and Anton Wallner, “The 410,000 Year Terrestrial Age of Eucrite Río Cuarto 001,” Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 43, 805-813, 2008.

Westphal, A.J., A.M. Davis, J. Levine, M.J. Pellin, and M.R. Savina, “GEMS at the Galactic Cosmic Ray Source,” Space Science Reviews, 130, 451-456, doi:10.1007/s11214-007-9184-4, 2007.

Levine, Jonathan, Paul R. Renne, and Richard A. Muller, “Solar and Cosmogenic Argon in Dated Lunar Impact Spherules,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71, 1624-1635, doi:10.1016/j.gc.2006.11.034, 2007.

Levine, Jonathan and Robert A. Rohde, “Inverse Modeling of Argon Step Release Data from Lunar Impact Spherules,” Journal of Geophysical Research – Planets, 111, E06015, doi:10.1029/2005JE002646, 2006.

Levine, Jonathan, Timothy A. Becker, Richard A. Muller, and Paul R. Renne, “40Ar/39Ar Dating of Apollo 12 Impact Spherules,” Geophysical Research Letters 32(16) L15201, doi:10.1029/2005GL022874, 2005.

Karner, Daniel B., Jonathan Levine, Richard A. Muller, Frank Asaro, Michael Ram, and Michael R. Stolz, “Extraterrestrial Accretion from the GISP2 Ice Core,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 67(4), 751-763, 2003.

Karner, Daniel B., Jonathan Levine, Brian P. Medeiros, and Richard A. Muller, “Constructing a Stacked Benthic d18O record,” Paleoceanography 17(3), 1030, doi: 10.1029/2001PA000667, 2002

Professional Experience

Charles H. Townes Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009

Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-2008

NSF International Research Fellow, 2005