Linda Godfrey


Linda Godfrey
Assistant Research Professor

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Wright Geological Laboratory
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066 U.S.A.

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  • 1986 B.Sc. Chemistry, St Andrews University, Scotland
  • 1990 Ph.D. Marine Geochemistry, Cambridge University, England

Research Interests

  • Evolution of Li-rich brines
  • Paleoclimate and groundwater studies in Northern Chile
  • Boron isotopes in spring deposits to elucidate the carbon cycle during their formation
  • Identifying water-rock reactions through trace metals and isotope systems in natural waters
  • Early Earth nitrogen cycle


Godfrey, L.V., Mills, R., Elderfield, H. and Gurvich, E. (1994) Lead behavior at the TAG hydrothermal vent field, 26N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Mar. Chem., 46, 237-254.

Godfrey, L.V., White, W.M. and Salters, V.J.M. (1996) Dissolved zirconium and hafnium distributions across a shelf break in the NE Atlantic. Geochim, Cosmochim, Acta, 60, 3995-4006.

Godfrey, L.V., Lee, D.-C., Sangrey, W.F., Halliday, A.N., Hein, J.R., Salters, V.J.M. and White, W.M. (1997) The Hf isotopic composition of ferromanganese nodules and crusts and hydrothermal manganese deposits: Implications for seawater Hf. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 51, 91-105.

Christensen, J.N., Halliday, A.N., Godfrey, L.V., Hein, J.R. and Rea, D.K. (1997) Climate and ocean dynamics and the lead isotope records in Pacific ferromanganese crusts. Science, 277, 913-918.

Godfrey, L.V., Lowenstein, T.K., Li, J., Luo, S., Ku, T.-L., Alonso, R.N. and Jordan, T.E. (1997) Continuous late Pleistocene paleoclimate record from a salt core, Salar de Hombre Muerto, Argentina. VIII Congresso Geologico Chileno, Antofagasta, Chile.

Bobst, A.L., Lowenstein, T.K., Jordan, T.E., Godfrey, L.V., Hein, M.C., Ku, T.-L. and Luo, S.A. (2001) 106 ka paleoclimate record from the Salar de Atacama, Northern Chile. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., 173, 21-42.

Godfrey, L.V. (2002) Temporal changes in the lead isotopic composition of red clays: Comparison with ferromanganese crust records. Chem. Geol., 185, 241-254.

Jordan, T.E., Hein, M.C., Lowenstein, T.K., Munoz, N., Yu, J. and Godfrey, L.V. (2002) Active faulting and folding without topographic expression in an evaporite basin, Chile. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 114, 1406-1421.

Godfrey, L.V., Jordan, T.E., Lowenstein, T.K. and Alonso, R.N. (2003) Stable isotope constraints on the transport of water to the Andes between 22º and 26ºS during the last glacial cycle. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., 194, 299-317.

Falkowski, P.G., Godfrey, L.V., (2008), Electrons, life and evolution of Earth’s oxygen cycle. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 363, 2705-2716, doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.0054.

Godfrey, L.V., M.P. Field, Sherrell, R.M., (2008), The estuarine distributions of Zr, Hf, and Ag in the Hudson River, and the implications for their continental and anthropogenic sources to seawater. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9 (12) doi:10.1029/2008GC002123.

Godfrey, L.V., Falkowski, P.G., (2009), The nitrogen cycle in the Late Archean Ocean., Nature Geosciences, doi:10.1038/NGE0633.

Godfrey, L.V., Zimmermann, B., Lee, D.-C., King, R.L., Vervoort, R.M., Sherrell, R.M., Halliday, A.N., (2009) Hafnium isotope variations in NE Atlantic seawater., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., Q08015, doi:10.1029/2009GC002508.

Kopp, R.E., Schumann, D., Raub, T.D., Powars, D.S., Godfrey, L.V., Swanson-Hysell, N.L., Maloof, A.C., Vali, H.,(2009), An Appalachian Amazon? Magnetiofossil evidence for the development of a tropical river-like system in the mid-Atlantic United States during the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum. Paleoceanography, 24, PA4211, doi:10.1029/2009PA001783.

Godfrey, L.V., Glass, J.B., (2011), The geochemical record of the ancient nitrogen cycle, nitrogen isotopes and metal co-factors. Methods in Enzymology, 486, 483-506.

Houston, J., Butcher, A., Ehren, P., Evans, K., Godfrey, L., (2011), The evaluation of brine prospects and the requirement for modification to filing standards. Economic Geology, 106, 1225-1239.

Aubry, M.-P., Rodriguez, O., Bord, D., Godfrey, L., Schmitz, B. and Knox, W.O.B. (2012) The First Radiation of the Fasciculiths: Morphologic adaptations of the coccolithophores to oligotrophy. Austrian J. Earth Sci., 105, in press.

Godfrey, L.V., Poulton, S., Fralick, P., Bebout, G.E., (2013) Stability of the nitrogen cycle during development of sulfidic water in the redox-stratified late Paleoproterozoic Ocean. Geology, 41, 655-658.

Godfrey, L.V., Chan, L.-H., Alonso, R.N., Lowenstein, T.K., McDonough, W.F., Houston, J., Li, J., Bobst, A., Jordan, T.E., (2013) The role of climate in the accumulation of lithium-rich brine in the Central Andes, Applied Geochemistry, 38, 92-102.

deWet, C., Godfrey, L., and deWet, A., (2015) Sedimentology and stable isotopes from a lacustrine-to-palustrine limestone deposited in a hyperarid setting, climate and tectonic factors: Miocene-Pliocene Opache Formation, Atacama Desert, Chile. Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., 426, 46-67.

Maron, M., Muttoni, G., Bertinelli, A., Katz, M.E., Godfrey, L., Zaffani, M., and Rigo, M., (2015) Magnetostratigraphy of the Pignola-Abriola section: new constraints for the Norian/Rhaetian boundary. Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31106.1.

Rigo, M., Bertinelli, A., Concheri, G., Gattolin, G., Godfrey, L., plus seven additional authors, (2015) The Pignola-Abriola section (southern Apennines, Italy): a new GSSP candidate for the base of the Rhaetian Stage, Lethia, 49, 287-306.

Jordan, T.E., Herrera, C., Kirk-Lawlor, N., Godfrey, L.V., (2015) Architecture of the Aquifers of the Calama Basin, Loa Catchment Basin, North Chile, Geosphere, 11, 1438-1474.

Sáez, A., Godfrey, L.V., Herrera, C., Chong, G., Pueyo, J.J., (2016) Timing of wet episodes in Atacama Desert over the last 15 ka. The Groundwater Discharge Deposits (GWD) from Domeyko Range at 25°S. Quaternary Science Reviews, 145, 2016, 82-93.