Detailed Information for Jonathan Price

Dr. Jonathan Darrel Price 
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
Bolin Hall 102
Office Hours
  • Monday: 2:00 -5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 2:00 -5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:00-3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 1:00-3:00 PM
  • or by appointment


Voice: (940) 397-4288
Fax: (940) 397-4893

Contact Information

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Geochemistry and petrology

I study mass and energy transfer in the Earth's interior, assessing chemical signals in rocks to understand partial melting, crystallization, and alteration processes.  I am keenly interested in the nature and origin of high-temperature systems closely associated with magmatism (volcanoes and plutons).  I have applied these techniques to diverse systems such as the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, the Seridó Fold Belt of Brazil, and the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma.

I encourage student involvement in my research endeavors.  I am an active member of MSU's successful UGROW program where undergraduate students engage in research during the Summer I term.

Geoscience education

As a professor, I am eager to explain our current understanding of the Earth.    I continue to find novel means of disseminating this often complicated information in the most accessible terms, both in the classroom and to a general audience.  Geoscience utilizes numerous sophisticated tools to reveal the planet's history and its current state.  My research involves  a number of these tools, enriching my ability to speak authoritatively on new and interesting discoveries in geosciences.

Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Summer I 2014 GEOS 1134  301  Physical Geology    Bolin Hall 320
  • Lecture: 10:10-12:10 MTWR
  • 31A Lab TR 12:30 - 3:20 PM (room 117)
Details Spring 2014 GNSC 1204  201  Physical Science    Bolin Hall 127
  • Lecture: MWF 12:00-12:50
  • Lab (21A) M 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Lab (21B) M 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Details Spring 2014 GEOS 3434  201  Structural Geology    Bolin Hall 117
  • Lecture: MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Lab: W 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Details Fall 2013 GNSC 1104  101  Life/Earth Science    Bolin Hall 100
  • Lecture: MWF 12:00-12:50
  • Lab (11A) M 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Lab (11B) M 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Details Fall 2013 GEOS 4233  101  Groundwater Hydrology    Bolin Hall 115
  • Lecture: MW 11:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Lab 11A: F 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
  • Lab 11B: W 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Details Summer I 2013 GNSC 1204  301  Physical Science    Bolin Hall 100
  • Lecture: MTWR 10:10-12:10
  • Lab (31A) MW 12:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Details Spring 2013 GEOS 4001  201  Geosciences Seminar    Bolin Hall 127

Friday, 1:00-1:50 PM

Details Spring 2013 GEOS 3234  201  Petrology    Bolin Hall 115
  • Lecture: MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Lab: W 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Details Fall 2012 GEOS 3134  101  Mineralogy    Bolin Hall 115
  • Lecture: 11:00 am - 11:50 am MWF
  • Lab: 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm W
Details Fall 2012 GEOS 1134  101  Physical Geology    Bolin Hall 100
  • Lecture: 9:00-9:50 MWF
  • 11A Lab M 1:00 - 2:50 PM
  • 11B Lab M 1:00 - 2:50 PM
  • 11C Lab M 3:00 - 4:50 PM
  • 11D Lab T 1:00 - 2:50 PM
  • 11E Lab T 3:00 - 4:50 PM

Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
Baylor University B.S. Geology 1990 
Baylor University M.S. Geology 1993 
University of Oklahoma Ph.D. Geology 1998 

Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Oklahoma Geological Survey  STATEMAP Project Geologist  1999-Jan  1999-Mar
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Postdoctoral Research Associate  1999-Mar  2001-Jan
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Director of Lab and Teaching Facilities / Research Associate  2001-Jan  2010-Aug
 Midwestern State University  Assistant Professor  2010-Aug  

Research and Publications

Journal Articles


Sallet, R., Price, J.D., Babinski, M., Moritz, R., Souza, Z.S., and Chiarandia, M., in revision, Experimental Anatexis, Fluorine and Lead Isotope Constraints on Granite Petrogenesis at the Seridó Belt, Borborema Province, Northeastern Brazil, Journal of Petrology.

Price, J.D., Gilbert, M.C., and Hogan, J.P, 2012, Regional Significance of Diabase Dikes in the Mount Scott Granite as exposed at Lake Elmer Thomas Dam. Shale Shaker, 62, 456-474.

Aldersley, M.F., Joshi, P.C., Price, J.D., and Ferris, J.P., 2011, The role of montmorillonite in its catalysis of RNA synthesis, Applied Clay Science, doi:10.1016/j.clay.2011.06.011. 

Li, C-Y,  Price, J.D., Tomozawa, M., and Watson, E.B, 2011, Hydrogen formation observed during high pressure treatment of silica glass, Journal of Noncrystalline Solids, 357, 2081-2085, doi:10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2011.01.006.

Lupulescu, M. V., Chiarenzelli, J.R., Pullen, A., Price, J.D., 2011, Using Pegmatite Geochronology To Constrain Temporal Events In The Adirondack Mountains, Geosphere, 7, 1-17.

Price, J.D., Wark, D.A., Watson, E.B., and Smith, A.M., 2006, Grain-Scale Permeabilities of Faceted Polycrystalline Aggregates, Geofluids, 6, 1-7, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-8123.2006.00149.x

Yoshino T, Price J.D., Wark D.A. and Watson E.B., 2006, Effect of faceting on pore geometry in texturally equilibrated rocks: implications for low permeability at low porosity. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Contributions to Mineralogy Petrology 152: 169–186, DOI 10.1007/s00410-006-0099-y

Gabitov, R.I., Price, J.D., and Watson, E.B., 2005, Solubility of fluorite in haplogranitic melt of variable alkalies and alumina content at 800-1000ºC and 100 MPa. G3, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, 6, Q03007, doi:10.1029/2004GC000870 

Gabitov, R.I., Price, J.D., and Watson, E.B., 2005, Diffusion of Ca and F in haplogranitic melt from dissolving fluorite crystals at 900,1000ºC and 100 MPa, G3, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, 6, Q03011,  doi:10.1029/2004GC000832.

Price, J.D., Wark, D.A., and Watson, E.B., 2004, Grain-scale permeabilities of synthetic rocks containing a minor platy phase, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 227, 491-504.

Wark, D.A., Williams, C.A., Watson, E.B., and Price, J.D., 2003, Reassessment of Pore Shapes in Microstructurally Equilibrated Rocks, with Implications for Permeability of the Upper Mantle.  Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108 B1, p. ECV 12-1 - ECV 12-16.

Watson, E.B., Wark, D.A., Price, J.D., and Van Orman, J.A., 2002, Mapping the thermal structure of solid-media pressure assemblies. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 142, p. 640-652.

Watson, E.B., and Price, J.D., 2002, Kinetics of the reaction MgO + Al2O3 = MgAl2O4 and Al-Mg interdiffusion in spinel at 1200-2000 oC and 1.0-4.0 GPa. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta., v. 12, p. 2123-2138.

Liang, Y., Price, J.D., Wark, D.A., and Watson, E.B., 2001, Nonlinear pressure diffusion in a porous medium: Approximate solutions with applications to permeability measurements using transient pulse decay method.  Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 106, p. 529-536.

Hogan, J.P., Gilbert, M.C., and Price, J.D., 2000, Crystallization of fine- and coarse-grained A-type granite sheets of the southern Oklahoma aulacogen, U.S.A.  Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, v. 91, p. 139-150.

Price, J.D., Hogan, J.P, Gilbert, M.C., London, D., and Morgan, G.B., VI, 1999, Experimental study of titanite-fluorite equilibria in the A-type Mount Scott Granite: Implications for assessing F contents of felsic magma. Geology, v. 27, 951-954. 

Hogan, J.P., Price, J.D., and Gilbert, M. C., 1998, Crustal magma traps and magma driving pressure: consequences for pluton shape and level of emplacement. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 20, p. 1155-1168.

Price, J.D., Hogan, J.P., Gilbert, M. C., and Payne, J., 1998, Surface and near-surface geometry of the Sandy Creek Gabbro Pluton, Hale Spring Area, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma. Basement Tectonics, v. 12, p. 79-122. 

Price, J.D., Hogan, J.P., and Gilbert, M. C., 1996, Rapakivi texture in the Mount Scott Granite, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma. European Journal of Mineralogy, v. 8, pp. 435-451.

Recent Conference Abstracts

Price, J.D., 2013, Digital Image Analysis of Variably Granophyric Texture in the Mount Scott Granite, Wichita Mountains, Southern Oklahoma.Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 3, p.17.

Willeby, S., and Price, J.D., 2013, Characterizing Feldspar Composition in Wichita Mountain Igneous Rocks Using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometry, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 3, p.14

Price, J.D., 2012, Titanium in Quartz Grains within a Rhyolite Dike from the Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen, Medicine Park, Oklahoma, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 1, p. 10.

Price, J.D., 2011,Titanium zoning in quartz: constraints on the crystallization and cooling of the Mount Scott Granite pluton, Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen, USA. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 202.

Price, J.D., Berds, M. L., and Koestner, D.W., 2010, Zoned titanite (sphene) in the Mt. Scott Granite, Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen, USA; implications for pluton crystallization and cooling. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 667.

Lupulescu, M.V., Price, J. D., Chiarenzelli, J.R., 2010, Igneous origin and subsequent fluid alteration for the low Ti - Fe oxide - apatite ores from the eastern Adirondack highlands, New York . Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 262.