Biogeochemistry; Earth History; Geobiology; Global Climate Studies; Organic Geochemistry; Stable Isotope Geochemistry
I’m a geochemist with interests in a variety of problems related to the rock record, microbiology, and biogeochemical cycles in the present and past. My approach to scientific problems is centered around linking experiments and physically based models to natural observations in an integrated fashion and, when necessary, developing new methods and techniques. My lab is centered around mass spectrometric measurements of experimental and environmental samples.
My interests are currently centered on the following questions.
(1) The application of carbonate clumped-isotope paleothermometry to solve geological problems including the formation of carbonates during crustal alteration reactions off mid-ocean ridge flanks, the temperature history of the Neogene ocean, and controls on carbonate crystal growth and recrystallization.
(2) The use of methane clumped isotope thermometry to understand the methane cycle. I am especially interested in applying this technique to understand the origin of methane in natural settings and studying the fundamental mechanisms of methane generation.
(3) The study of the O2 cycle in the present and past using the isotopic composition and concentration of O2 in samples retrieved from the atmosphere, ice cores, and dissolved in the ocean.
Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2017-present
Affiliate Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2017-present
Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Geosciences, Princeton University, 2015 - 2016,
Petroleum Geochemistry Intern ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, 2015
Postdoctoral Scholar, Caltech 2014
Ph.D., Geobiology, Caltech, 2014
M.S., Geobiology, Caltech, 2011
A.B., Earth and Planetary Sciences Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College, 2008
Fellowships and Awards
• Rose Hills Innovator, University of California, Berkeley, 2017-2019
• NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-2016
• Richard H. Jahns Teaching Prize, Caltech, 2013
• ExxonMobil Student Grant, 2012
• Student oral presentation competition winner, Goldschmidt Conference, 2012
• NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010-2013
• Eaton Fellowship, Caltech, 2009-2010
• Fulbright Scholar, University of Southern Denmark, 2008-09
• Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, Harvard College, 2008
• National Merit Scholar, 2004
19. Lawson M, BJ Shenton, D Stolper, JM Eiler, T Rasbury, TP Becker, C Lander, AS Buono, SP Becker, R Pottorf, GG Gray, D Yurewicz, J Gournay (accepted). Deciphering the diagenetic history of carbonates using reordered clumped isotope temperatures. Geological Society of American Bulletin.
18. Douglas PMJ, DA Stolper, JM Eiler, AL Sessions, M Lawson, Y Shuai, A Bishop, OG Podlaha, AA Ferreira, EV Santos Neto, M Niemann, AS. Steen, L Huang, E Chimiak, DL Valentine, J Fiebig, AJ Luhmann, WE Seyfried Jr., G Etiope, M Schoell, WP Inskeep, JJ Moran, N Kitchen (in press). Methane clumped isotopes: progress and potential for a new isotopic tracer. Organic Geochemistry.
17. Stolper DA, M Lawson, MJ Formolo, CL David, PMJ Douglas, JM Eiler (in press). The utility of methane clumped isotopes to constrain the origins of methane in natural-gas accumulations. Geological Society of London, Special Publications.
16. Ryb U, MK Lloyd, DA Stolper, JM Eiler (2017). The clumped-isotope geochemistry of exhumed marbles from Naxos, Greece. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 470, p. 1-12.
15. Stolper DA, GD Love, S Bates, TW Lyons, E Young, AL Sessions, JP Grotzinger (2017). Paleoecology and paleoceanography of the Athel Silicilyte, Ediacaran-Cambrian Boundary, Geobiology, 15, p. 401-426.
14. Stolper DA, ML Bender, GB Dreyfus, Y Yan, JA Higgins (2016). A Pleistocene ice core record of atmospheric O2 concentrations, Science, 353, p. 1427-1430.
13. Douglas PMJ, DA Stolper, DA Smith, KM Walter Anthony, CK Paull, S Dallimore, M Wik, PM Crill, M Winterdahl, M, JM Eiler, AL Sessions (2016). Diverse origins of Arctic and Subarctic methane seeps identified with multiply-substituted isotopologues. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 188, p. 163-188.
12. Stolper DA and JM Eiler (2016). Diagenesis of phosphorites through time as recorded by carbonate clumped isotopes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 181, p. 238-259.
11. Stolper DA, AM Martini, M Clog, PM Douglas, SS Shusta, DL Valentine, AL Sessions, JM Eiler (2015). Distinguishing and understanding thermogenic and biogenic sources of methane using multiply substituted isotopologues. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 161, p. 219-247.
10. Stolper DA and JM Eiler (2015). The kinetics of solid-state isotope-exchange reactions for clumped isotopes: A study of inorganic calcites and apatites from natural and experimental samples. American Journal of Science, 315, p. 363-411.
9. Clog M, DA Stolper, JM Eiler (2015). Kinetics of CO2,g-H2Ol isotopic exchange, including mass 47 isotopologues. Chemical Geology, 395, p. 1-10.
8. Stolper DA, M Lawson, CL Davis, A Ferreira, EV Santos Neto, GS Ellis, MD Lewan, AM Martini, Y Tang, M Schoell, AL Sessions, JM Eiler (2014). Formation temperatures of thermogenic and biogenic methane. Science, 344, p. 1500-1503.
7. Stolper DA, AL Sessions, AA Ferreira, EV Santos Neto, A Schimmelmann, SS Shusta, DL Valentine, JM Eiler (2014). Combined 13C-D and D-D clumping in methane: methods and preliminary results. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 126, p. 169-191.
6. Eiler JM, B Bergquist, I Bourg, P Cartigny, J Farquhar, A Gagnon, W Guo, I Halevy, A Hofmann, TE Larson, N Levin, EA Schauble, D Stolper (2014). Frontiers of stable isotope geoscience. Chemical Geology, 372, p. 119-143.
5. Eiler JM, M Clog, P Magyar, A Piasecki, A Sessions, D Stolper, M Deerberg, H-J Schlueter, J Schwieters (2013). A high-resolution gas-source isotope ratio mass spectrometer. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 335, p. 45-56.
4. Frei R, C Gaucher, D Stolper, DE Canfield (2013). Fluctuations in Late Neoproterozoic atmospheric oxidation — Cr isotope chemostratigraphy and iron speciation of the late Ediacaran lower Arroyo del Soldado Group (Uruguay). Gondwana Research, 23.2, p. 797-811.
3. Zhang Y, G Sicot, X Cui, M Vogel, CA Wuertzert, K Lezon-Geyda, J Wheeler, DA Harki, K Muzikar, DA Stolper, PB Dervan, AS Perkins (2011). Targeting a DNA binding motif of the EVI1 protein by a pyrrole-imidazole polyamide. Biochemistry, 50, p. 10431-10441.
2. Stolper DA, NP Revsbech, DE Canfield (2010). Aerobic growth at nanomolar oxygen concentrations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, p. 18755-18760.
1. Herkenhoff KE, J Grotzinger, AH Knoll, SM McLennan, C Weitz, A Yingst, R Anderson, BA Archinal, RE Arvidson, JM Barrett, KJ Becker, JF Bell III, C Budney, MG Chapman, D Cook, B Ehlmann, B Franklin, LR Gaddis, DM Galuszka, PA Garcia, P Geissler, TM Hare, E Howington-Kraus, JR Johnson, L Keszthelyi, RL Kirk, P Lanagan, EM Lee, C Leff, JN Maki, KF Mullins, TJ Parker, BL Redding, MR Rosiek, MH Sims, LA Soderblom, N Spanovich, R Springer, SW Squyres, D Stolper, RM Sucharski, T Sucharski, R Sullivan, JM Torson (2008). Surface processes recorded by rocks and soils on Meridiani Planum, Mars: Microscopic Imager observations during Opportunity’s first three extended missions. JGR-Planets, 113, p. 1-39.
In review and revision:
Stolper DA and CB Keller. The oxidation state of iron in oceanic basalts as a proxy for deep-ocean O2 concentrations (in review).
Stolper DA, JM Eiler, JA Higgins. Modeling the effects of diagenesis on carboante clumped-isotope values in deep- and shallow-water settings (in review).
Brenner D, BH Passey, DA Stolper. Influence of water on clumped-isotope bond reordering kinetics in calcite (in revision).
Shuai Y, P Douglas; S Zhang; D Stolper; M Lewan; M Lawson; G Ellis; M Formolo; J Mi; K He; G Hu; JM Eiler (in revision). Equilibrium and non-equilibrium controls on the abundances of clumped isotopologues of methane during thermogenic formation in laboratory experiments: Implications for the chemistry of pyrolysis and the origins of natural gases.
Stolper, DA (2014). New insights into the formation and modification of carbonate-bearing minerals and methane gas in geological systems using multiply substituted isotopologues. PhD thesis. California Institute of Technology.
Stolper DA (2008). Constraining the physiological activity of deep-sea sedimentary microbial communities: the development and application of methods to characterize proteins in deep-sea sedimentary sites. Undergraduate Senior Thesis. Harvard College.
I am actively recruiting both graduate students and postdocs. Please contact me if interested!
Berkeley offers a world class geochemical and geobiological research environment with the Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (in Integrative Biology), the UC Museum of Paleontology, the Center for Isotope Geochemistry (at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and in Earth and Planetary Science), and the Berkeley Geochronology Center all on or in walking distance of campus.