Mae Marcaida is currently a PhD Candidate at Stanford University and also works half-time at the U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Science Center in Menlo Park, California. She is the current Graduate Student Research Assistant for the USGS-Stanford SHRIMP-RG laboratory. Mae does research in Isotope Geochemistry, Geochronology, and Volcanology.

Honors & Awards

  • Harriet Benson Fellowship, Stanford University (2019–2020)
  • The Thomas D. and Janice H. Barrow Fellowship, Stanford University (2016–2018)
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (2015-Present)

Education & Certifications

  • M.S. Geology, San Jose State University (2015)
  • B.S. Geology, San Francisco State University (2010)

Lab Affiliations

Work Experience

  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, USGS-Stanford SHRIMP-RG Laboratory (9/25/2017 - Present)


    Stanford, California

  • USGS Career Intern, U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Science Center (2009 - Present)

    USGS Pathways Internship Program


    Menlo Park, CA

All Publications

  • Constraining the Early Eruptive History of the Mono Craters Rhyolites, California, based on 238U–230Th Isochron Dating of their Explosive and Effusive Products Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems Marcaida, M., Vazquez, J., Stelten, M., Miller, J. 2019; 20 (3): 1539-1556

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2018GC008052

  • Geochemical fingerprinting of Wilson Creek formation tephra layers (Mono Basin, California) using titanomagnetite compositions JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH Marcaida, M., Mangan, M. T., Vazquez, J. A., Bursik, M., Lidzbarski, M. I. 2014; 273: 1-14
  • The California Volcano Observatory—Monitoring the State's restless volcanoes U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014-3120 Stovall, W. K., Marcaida, M., Mangan, M. T. 2014: 4 p.

    View details for DOI 10.3133/fs20143120