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Dr. Kathleen Rodrigues
Postdoctoral Fellow, Luminescence

Professional Interests

Kathleen is PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno in the department of Geological Sciences and Engineering. Her research interests are in radiation exposure dating techniques including optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), thermally stimulated luminescence (TL) and electron spin resonance (ESR). Kathleen has been involved in luminescence dating since 2011, with research primarily focused on the application of OSL to archaeological and geological investigations in North America. Her MSc research involved dating of a Swift Creek ring midden in northwest Florida and testing the application of in-situ Al2O3:C dosimeters in a sedimentary environment with beta dose rate heterogeneity. For her PhD research, Kathleen is interested in refining a technique for TL dating of volcanic glass and enhancing the resolution and quality of the tephrochronology in the Great Basin using luminescence dating techniques.




Year of Completion

University of Nevada, Reno PhD Geology In progress
McMaster University MSc Geology 2015
McMaster University BSc Biology & Environmental Sciences 2013


luminescence, OSL, TL, archaeometry, geochronology


Rodrigues, K. D., Rink, W. J., Collins, M. B., Williams, T. J., Keen-Zebert, A. K., Lopez, G. I. (2016). OSL Ages of the Clovis, Late Paleoindian and Archaic Components at Area 15 of the Gault Site, Central Texas, U.S.A., Journal of Archaeological Sciences, 7, 94-103, 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.03.014
Conference Proceedings
Rodrigues, K. D., Keen-Zebert, A. K., Huot, S., Adams, K. D. (2017). Testing the suitability of the TL signal for dating volcanic glass, Luminescence and Electron Spin Dating Conference (LED 2017): Cape Town, South Africa, September 11, 2017-September 15, 2017, Accepted.
Rodrigues, K. D., Keen-Zebert, A. K., Huot, S., Adams, K. D. (2017). Testing the potential of thermoluminescence dating of volcanic glass with known-age samples, Geological Society of America: Seattle, October 22, 2017, Accepted.