Daniel Sheikh

Mentor: Dr. David Foster

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I want to pursue a career in Geology and be able to research different topics in order to hopefully discover new information about our planet."





Research Interests

  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Meteorites

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures (2016 - Present)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • Geological Society of America
  • The Meteocritical Society


  • Miami Museum of Science

Hobbies and Interests

  • Meteorites
  • Basketball
  • Pokemon TCG

Research Description

(U-Th)/He Thermochronology Of Acapulco Meteorite

The research that I'm working on involves the analysis of the Acapulco meteorite using (U-Th)/He dating methods with the overall goal of understanding the thermochronology of the Acapulcoite parent body. Research entails using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to chemically map out and locate phosphate grains, and to describe the textural relationships of phosphates with other attached phases. The identified phosphate aggregates will then be analyzed using a noble gas mass spectrometer and an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). The results will allow for calculation of (U-Th)/He ages, and constraints on the thermal history. Understanding the thermal histories of asteroids will improve our understanding of the early solar system.