Jonathan Levine

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Jonathan Levine

Associate Professor of Physics

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 and colleagues at the Southwest Research Institute, Professor Levine is participating in the development of a novel rock-dating spectrometer that can be employed autonomously on the Moon or Mars.

Professor Levine teaches courses in the traditional physics and astronomy curriculum, such as introduction to mechanics (PHYS 232) and Solar System astronomy (ASTR 101), and also courses that draw heavily on his research themes, such as planetary science (ASTR 313) and a Core Sciences course on the atmosphere (Core 166S).

BA Cornell University 1997; BA Oxford University 1999; MS, PhD University of California, Berkeley 2002, 2004

McDaris, John R., Joshua M. Feinberg, Anthony C. Runkel, Jonathan Levine, Sophie Kasahara, and Calvin Alexander, Jr., “Documentation and Prediction of Increasing Groundwater Chloride in the Twin Cities, Minnesota” Groundwater 60, 837-850, doi:10.1111/gwat.13227, 2022. 

Anderson, F. Scott, Carolyn Crow, Jonathan Levine, and Tom J. Whitaker, “Pb-Pb dating of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples by resonance ionization mass spectrometry” Earth and Space Science, 7, e2020EA001177, doi:10.1029/2020EA001177 (21 pp.), 2020. 

Anderson, F. Scott, Jonathan Levine, and Tom Whitaker, “Dating a Martian meteorite with 20 Myr precision using a prototype in-situ dating instrument,” Planetary and Space Science, 191, 105007, doi:10.1016/j.pss/2020/105007 (11 pp), 2020.

Anderson, F. Scott, Jonathan Levine, and Tom Whitaker, “Rb-Sr resonance ionization geochronology of the Duluth Gabbro:  a proof of concept for in situ dating on the Moon,” Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 29, 1457-1464, doi:10.1002/rcm.7253, 2015.

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, 4thInternational 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 Science43, 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

Charles H. Townes Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009 

Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-2008

NSF International Research Fellow, 2005