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Principal Analyst

Peter McSwiggen, Ph.D.

Education:

B.S. — University of Minnesota, 1976
M.S. — University of Maine at Orono, 1978
Ph.D. — University of Minnesota, 1990

Background:

Research Scientist: Minnesota Geological Survey; 1979 - 1994.
Manager: Electron Microprobe Laboratory; University of Minnesota; 1994 - 2002.
Adjunct Assistant Professor: University of Minnesota; 1997 - 2002.
     Courses taught:
       
 Electron Microprobe: Theory and Practice (Geo 5454/5353);
       Practical X-ray Diffraction (Geo 5020);
       Practical Scanning Electron Microscopy (Co-lecturer).
Consultant to JEOL USA, Inc. for electron microprobe training and support; 1997 - present.
Principal Analyst; McSwiggen & Associates; 2002 - present.

 

       Selected Publications:
 

McSwiggen, P.L. and G.B. Morey, 2007, Overview of the mineralogy of the Biwabik Iron Formation, Mesabi Iron Range, northern Minnesota: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Oct. 1.

McSwiggen, P.L., 2007, Trace element analysis: Avoiding data distortion (abstr): Proceedings 53th Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Part 1 - Program and Abstracts, p. 48-49.

McSwiggen, P.L. and G.B. Morey, 2004, Mineral chemistry and stratigraphy of the Biwabik Iron Formation, near the Virginia Horn, Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota (abstr): Proceedings 50th Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Part 1 - Program and Abstracts,
p. 111-112.

Southwick, D.L., T.J. Boerboom, and P.L. McSwiggen, 2001, Geochemical characterization of
Paleoproterozoic volcanic and hypabyssal igneous rocks, east-central Minnesota: Minnesota 
Geological Survey, Report of Investigations 57, 33p.

McSwiggen, P.L., 1999, Platinum-palladium group minerals, gold, silver, and cobalt in the Minnamax copper-nickel sulfide deposit, Duluth Complex, northeastern Minnesota: Minnesota Geological Survey, Report of Investigations 54, 27p.

Tantbirojn, D., W.H. Douglas, C.-C. Ko, and P.L. McSwiggen, 1998, Spatial chemical analysis
of dental stain using wavelength dispersive spectrometry. European Journal of Oral Sciences,
vol. 106, p. 971-976.

Cleland, J.M., G.B. Morey, and P.L. McSwiggen, 1996, Significance of tourmaline-rich rocks in
the North Range Group of the Cuyuna Iron Range, east-central Minnesota. Economic Geology,
vol. 91, p. 1282-1291.

Melcher, F., G.B. Morey, P.L. McSwiggen, J.M. Cleland, and S.E. Brink, 1996, Hydrothermal
systems in manganese-rich iron-formation of the Cuyuna North Range, Minnesota: geochemical
and mineralogical study of the Gloria drill core: Minnesota Geological Survey, Report of
Investigations 46, 59p.

McSwiggen, P.L., G.B. Morey, and J.M. Cleland,1995, Iron-formation protolith and genesis, Cuyuna
Range, Minnesota. Minnesota Geological Survey Report of Investigations 45, 54p.

McSwiggen, P.L., G.B. Morey, and J. M. Cleland, 1994, Occurrence and genetic implications of
hyalophane in manganese-rich iron-formation, Cuyuna Iron Range, Minnesota, USA:
Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 58, p. 387-399.

McSwiggen, P.L., G.B. Morey and J. M. Cleland, 1994, The origin of aegirine in iron formation
of the Cuyuna Range, east-central Minnesota: Canadian Mineralogist, vol. 32, p. 589-598.

McSwiggen, P.L., 1993, An alternative solution model for the ternary carbonate system
CaCO3 - MgCO3 - FeCO3: Part I. A ternary Bragg-Williams ordering model: Physics and
Chemistry of Minerals, vol. 20, p. 33-41.

McSwiggen, P.L., 1993, An alternative solution model for the ternary carbonate system
CaCO3 - MgCO3 - FeCO3: Part II. Calibration of a combined ordering model and mixing model:
Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, vol. 20, p. 42-55.

Jirsa, M., T. Boerboom, and P. McSwiggen, 1993, Field Trip 3 - Geology of Archean greenstone-
granite terrane in the Cook to Side Lake area: Proceedings 39th Annual Institute on Lake
Superior Geology, Eveleth, Minnesota, Part 2 - Field Trips, p. 97-128.

Jirsa, M.A., T.J. Boerboom, V.W. Chandler, and P.L. McSwiggen, 1991, Bedrock geologic map of
the Cook to Side Lake area, St. Louis and Itasca counties, Minnesota: Minnesota Miscellaneous
Map Series Map M-75.

McSwiggen, P.L., 1989, CoReLog: A new device for logging resistivity of drill core and its use in
research on carbonaceous metasedimentary rocks: in Graphite in Early Proterozoic Rocks of
East-Central Minnesota, Minnesota Geological Survey Information Circular 28, p. 59-68.

McSwiggen, P.L., and G.B. Morey, 1989, Geology and Geochemical attributes of graphitic rocks in
east-central Minnesota: in Graphite in Early Proterozoic Rocks of East-Central Minnesota,
Minnesota Geological Survey Information Circular 28, p. 1-57.

Chandler, V.W., P.L. McSwiggen, G.B. Morey, W.J. Hinze, and R.R. Anderson, 1989, Interpretation
of seismic reflection, gravity, and magnetic data across Proterozoic Mid-Continent rift system,
northwestern Wisconsin, Eastern Minnesota, and Central Iowa: American Association of
Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v.73, no. 3, p. 261-275.

Southwick, D.L., G.B. Morey, and P.L. McSwiggen, 1988, Geological map (scale 1:250,000) of the
Penokean Orogen, central and eastern Minnesota, and accompanying text: Minnesota
Geological Survey Report of Investigations 37, 25p.

McSwiggen, P.L., 1987, Geology and geophysics of the Denham-Mahtowa area, east-central
Minnesota: Minnesota Geological Survey Miscellaneous Map M-63.

McSwiggen, P.L., G.B. Morey, and V.W. Chandler, 1987, New model of the Midcontinent
rift in Minnesota and western Wisconsin: Tectonics, vol. 6, no. 6, p. 677-685.

McSwiggen, P.L., G.B. Morey, and P.W. Weiblen, 1986, Uranium in Early Proterozoic phosphate-
rich metasedimentary rocks of east-central Minnesota: Economic Geology, v. 81, no. 1, p. 173-183.

Morey, G.B., P.L. McSwiggen, M.J.P. Kuhns, and M.A. Jirsa, 1985, Analytical results of public
geologic sample program, 1983-1985 biennium: Minnesota Geological Survey Information
Circular 22, 56 p.

Walton, M., and P.L. McSwiggen, 1983, Investigation of thermal energy storage and heat exchange
capacity of water filled mines - Ely, Minnesota, in: Proceedings of the DOE Physical and Chemical
Storage Annual Contractors' Review Meeting, Arlington, Virginia, p. 264-270.

Walton, M., and P.L. McSwiggen, 1983, Heat accumulation, storage and recovery in flooded mines
at Ely, Minnesota, U.S.A., in: International Conference on Subsurface Heat Storage - in theory and practice. Stockholm, Sweden, June 6-8, 1983, p. 430-437.

Walton, M., and P.L. McSwiggen, 1982, Heat accumulation and storage capacity of the water filled
mines at Ely Minnesota, in : Proceedings of the DOE Physical and Chemical Storage Annual Contractor's Review Meeting, Arlington, Virginia, p. 131-135.

Balaban, N. and P.L. McSwiggen, editors, 1982, Geologic atlas of Scott County, Minnesota:
Minnesota Geological Survey, Map C-1.