Dr Stephen Noble

Dr Stephen Noble

Research Scientist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3555

E-mail Dr Stephen Noble


  •  1990 – ongoing : NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory: U-Th and U-Pb geochronology research scientist, TIMS laboratory and U-Th facility manager, established U-Pb facility 1990-1996.
  •  1988 –1990 : U–Pb geochronologist, Jack Satterly Geochronology Laboratory, University of Toronto

Research interests

  • High precision U–Th–Pb (Neoproterozoic life, Highlands and Himalayan geology, meteorites).
  • Mass spectrometry.
  • U-series geochronology (carbonates).


  • High precision TIMS and MC-ICP-MS mass spectrometry.
  • Isotope geochemistry (U–Pb, U–Th, Pb–Nd–Hf isotopes).

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2011 –2014 : NERC Standard grant: Co-I, Sharpening the U-Th chronometer through technical developments and community implementation (NE/I013814/1) with Dr. D Condon (PI, NIGL), Prof G Henderson (PI, Oxford) and Dr D Richards (PI, Bristol).

Published outputs

Key papers

Noble, S.R., Condon, D.J., Carney, J.N., Wilby, P.R., Pharaoh, T.C., and Ford, T.D. 2015. U-Pb geochronology and global context of the Charnian Supergroup, UK: Constraints on the age of key Ediacaran fossil assemblages. Geological Society of America Bulletin 127, 250-265. DOI: 10.1130/B31013.1

Douarin, M, Elliot, M, Noble, S R, Sinclair, D, Henry, L A, Long, D, Moreton, S G, and Roberts, J M. 2013. Growth of north-east Atlantic cold-water coral reefs and mounds during the Holocene: A high resolution U-series and 14C chronology. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 375, 176-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.05.023.

Hiess, J, Condon, D J, McLean, N, and Noble, S R. 2012. 238U/235 Systematics in terrestrial uranium-bearing minerals. Science 335, 1610-1614. DOI: 10.1126/science.1215507.

Condon, D J, McLean, N, Noble, S R, and Bowring, S A. 2010. Isotopic composition ((238)U/(235)U) of some commonly used uranium reference materials.Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 7127-7143. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2010.09.019.

Cottle, J M, Jessup, M J, Newell, D L, Horstwood, M S A, Noble, S R, Parrish, R R, Waters, D J, and Searle, M P. 2009. Geochronology of granulitized eclogite from the Ama Drime Massif: implications for the tectonic evolution of the South Tibetan Himalaya.  Tectonics 28, TC1002, DOI:10.1029/2008TC002256.

Searle, M P, Noble, S R, Cottle, J M, Waters, D J, Mitchell, A H G, Hlaing, T, and Horstwood, M S A. 2007. Tectonic evolution of the Mogok metamorphic belt, Burma (Myanmar) constrained by U-Th-Pb dating of metamorphic and magmatic rocks.Tectonics 26, TC3014 DOI: 10.1029/2006TC002083.

Parrish, R R and Noble, S R. 2003. Zircon U-Th-Pb geochronology by isotope dilution - Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ID-TIMS). In: Zircon. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 53, 183-213. DOI: 10.2113/0530183.

Nowell, G M, Kempton, P D, Noble, S R, Fitton, J G, Saunders, A D, Mahoney, J J and Taylor, R N. 1998. High precision Hf isotope measurements of MORB and OIB by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry: insights into the depleted mantle.Chemical Geology 149, 211-233. DOI: 10.1016/S0009-2541(98)00036-9.

Noble, S R, Hyslop, E K, and Highton, A J. 1996. High-precision U-Pb monazite geochronology of the c.806 Ma Grampian shear zone and the implications for the evolution of the central highlands of Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society 153, 511-514 DOI: 10.1144/gsjgs.153.4.0511.

Noble, S R and Searle, M P. 1995. Age of crustal melting and leucogranite formation from U-Pb zircon and monazite dating in the Western Himalaya, Zanskar, India.Geology 23, 1135-1138. DOI: 10.1130/0091-7613(1995)023<1135:AOCMAL>2.3.CO;2.

Corfu, F and Noble, S R. 1992. Genesis of the Southern Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Superior Province, Canada – Evidence from zircon Hf isotope analyses using a single filament technique.Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 56, 2081-2097. DOI: 10.1016/0016-7037(92)90331-C.