Dr. Jim L. Jordan

Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan

General Information

  • Position: Professor and Chair
  • E-mail: jordanjl@hal.lamar.edu
  • Phone: 409-880-8240
  • Office: Geology 113A

Education

  • Ph.D. Geology, Rice University, 1975
  • B.S. Geology, Lamar University, 1971

University, Professional, and Community Service

  • Director, Earth and Space Resources Laboratory, Departments of Geology, Chemistry and Physics, Lamar University, 1989-present
  • Associate Scientist, Orbital Technologies Corporation (Orbitec), Madison, Wisconsin, 1989-present
  • National Research Council Associate, Johnson Space Center, 1986-1987
  • Summer Faculty Fellow, Johnson Space Center, Summer, 1986
  • University service: Research Council (1990-1992, 1999-2000), Faculty Senate (1990-1992;1997-1999), Academic Computing (1996-1999), College Tenure and Promotion Committees (1990-Present), Faculty Development Committee (1990-1992), Salary Review Committee (1990-1993), Budget and Compensation Committee (1997-1998), College Post-Tenure Review Committee (1998).
  • Professional Service: Member of the Texas Space Grant Consortium (1989-Present). Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Member of the AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee (SCTC). Member of the Space Resources Roundtable. Proposal reviewer for NASA’s Exobiology Program, 1993-94. Member of the program committee for the 21st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, 1990; Member of the program committee for the 20th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, 1989. Reviewer for Earth and Planetary Science Letters and Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 1976-1982.
  • Community Outreach: White House Address before the National Space Council: April 1, 1992. Address before the National Space Council, The White House (Old Executive Office Building), "Abundant Clean Energy from the Moon".
  • Expert for media: Service as a media expert for space exploration and planetary science. In this capacity, Dr. Jordan has given several network television and radio news interviews across the State of Texas, CNN, and interviews for several articles in the Beaumont Enterprise, Port Arthur News, Orange Leader, the Beaumont Examiner, and USA Today. Articles regarding student’s weightless experiences on NASA’s KC-135 have appeared in four issues of the Cardinal Cadence, the quarterly magazine of Lamar University.
  • Presentations to K-12 Schools: Presentations about the space program and related activities have been given to local K-12 schools on numerous occasions under a variety of programs. Outreach programs have been developed with the assistance of NASA Johnson Space Center, Region V Education Service Center, and Lamar University Continuing Education. Dr. Jordan also received assistance from Lamar University and Region V ESC in producing three documentary videos on space research and educational activities at Lamar University.
  • Presentations to Community: Rotary Clubs of Beaumont (1996, 2000), South Park (1992), Bridge City (1991), and Nederland (1997); Texas Energy Museum (1992); City Council of Beaumont (1992); East Texas Nature Club (1990); Beaumont Astronomy Society (1990, 1995); Desk and Derrick Club (1992); ten invited lectures, open to the public, presented at Lamar University (1983-present).

Research Interests

  • Isotopic Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Planetary and Space Science

Research Description:

My research interests are the following

  • Isotopic chemistry of the early solar system
  • Influence of impacts of asteroids and comets on earth history
  • Solar wind elements implanted in lunar soil
  • Lunar and martian resources
  • Lunar He-3 as a potential fusion fuel for the future
  • Instrument development for space exploration
  • Experiments in microgravity
  • Mass spectrometry and ultrahigh vacuum technology
  • Payload development

Selected Publications

Jordan J.L., Irwin G.M., and Hoffman J.H., “A Miniature Laser Mass Spectrometer System for Planetary Studies”, AIAA 2002-0464 , American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2002.

Rice E.E., Hermes P.A., Musbah O.A., and Jordan J.L.,”Carbothermal Reduction of Lunar Materials for Oxygen Production on the Moon” Fnl.Rpt.OTC-G029-FR-96-1, Orbital Technologies Corporation, 1996.

Jordan J.L., Hoffman J.H., Brooks L., Chaney R., and Hammack H. "The Development of a Quadrupole Trap Analyzer for Space Applications" Final Report to NASA on NAS9-19161, Earth and Space Resources Laboratory Rep. No. 96-01, pp.21, 1996.

Swindle T.D., Boynton W.V., Chutjian A., Hoffman J.H., Jordan J.L., Kargel J.S., McEntire R.W., and Nyquist L."Isotopic Analysis and Evolved Gases", In Planetary Surface Instruments Workshop (C. Meyer et al.,eds.), pp.21-40, LPI Tech. Rept. 95-05, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, 1995.

Jordan J.L. and Hoffman J., "Concept Description for a Laser Evolved Gas Analyzer" In Mars Surveyor Science Objectives and Measurements Requirements Workshop (D.J. McCleese et al.,eds.), pp.83, JPL Tech. Rept. D12017, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1994.

Jordan J.L., "Cold Trapping of Gases at Planetary and Interplanetary Temperatures" Final Report to NASA on NAG9-641, Earth and Space Resources Laboratory Rep. No. 94-01, pp. 45, 1994.

Jessberger E.K., Shukolyukov Yu. A., Meshik A.P., Minh D.V., and Jordan J.L., “Chemically fractionated fission-xenon in meteorites and on the Earth” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol.58, No.14, pp.3075-3092,1994.

Jessberger E.K., Jordan J.L., Shukolyukov Yu. A., Meshik A.P., and Minh D.V., "Widespread Alien Xe and its Formation" In Abstracts Twenty-third Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Vol. 2 , pp. 615 , 1992.

Jordan, J.L.,"Lunar Hydrogen and Other Volatiles" AIAA Space Technologies Conference, Huntsville, AL, pp.1-6, 1992.

Cheek, C., Currie, E., Duranleau, I., Jordan, D., and Jordan, J., "An Intelligent Voice-In-A-Box Computer Control System", Proceedings of 94th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Stephen F. Austin State University, pp. 63-66, 1991.

Jordan, J.L., "Lunar Volatiles Experiments" In Workshop on the Common Lunar Lander Concept (Steve Bailey and Alan Binder, eds.), Houston, TX, July 1991.

Jordan, J.L., "Mapping Pyroclastic Deposits and Other Lunar Features for Solar Wind Implanted Helium" In Workshop on Lunar Volcanic Glasses: Scientific and Resource Potential (J.W. Delano and G.H. Heiken, eds.), LPI Tech. Rpt. 90-02. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, 1990.

Jordan, J.L., "Prediction of He Distribution at the Lunar Surface", Annual Invitational Symposium on Space Mining and Manufacturing, UA/NASA Space Engineering Research Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, pp.VII-38 - VII-50, 1989.

Bogard, D., Middelfehldt, D., and Jordan, J., "39Ar-40Ar Dating of Mesosiderites: A Case for Major Parent Body Disruption Less than 4.0 GY Ago?", Lunar and Planet. Sci. Conf. XIX, Lunar and Planet Inst., pp.112-113, 1988.

Jordan, J.L., "Rare Gas Analysis of Size Fractions from the Fayetteville Meteorite", NASA Contractor Report, NASA-CR-171984, Vol. 2, pp.17-1--17-14,1987.

Bogard, D., Horz, F., Johnson, P., Jordan, J.L., "Further Studies on the Phenomenon of Shock-Implanted Gases", Eighteenth Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Vol. 1,pp.99-100,1987.

Jordan, J.L., Barrett, R.A., Bogard, D.D., McKay, D.S., "Rare Gas and Petrological Studies of Dissagregated Size Separates of the Fayetteville Meteorite Breccia", Eighteenth Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Vol.2, pp.472-473,1987.

Jordan, J.L.,"Extraterrestrial influence on the Earth's History", 88th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Dallas, 1985.

Jordan, J.L. and Pernicka, E., "Search for extinct 36Cl in Allende", Meteoritics, Vol. 16, 1981.

Jordan, J.L., "Chlorine correlated 36Ar in Allende inclusions", Lunar and Planet. Sci. XII, The Lunar and Planet. Instit., Houston, pp.514, 1981.

Jordan, J.L., Jessberger, E.K., Kirsten, T., El Goresy, A., "Alien xenon in Allende inclusions", Meteoritics, Vol. 15, pp.309, 1980.

Pellas, P., Storzer, D., Kirsten, T., Jordan, J.L., and Richter, H., "244Pu/238U ratios in whitlockites of ordinary chondrites: a possible chronological tool", Lunar and Planet. Science X, Lunar and Planet. Inst., Houston, pp.969-970, 1979.

Jordan, J.L., Kirsten, T., and Richter, H., "129I/127I: A puzzling early solar system chronometer", Z. Naturforsch. Vol. 35a, pp.145-170, 1980.

Jordan, J.L., Kirsten, T., and Richter, H., "Degree of I-Xe correlation in ordinary chondrites of different petrological types", Meteoritics, Vol. 14, pp.434-437, 1979.

Flohs, I., Jordan, J.L., Kirsten, T., and Staudacher, T., "Joint K-Ar:Pu-Xe:I-Xe chronometry of ordinary chondrites", Meteoritics, Vol. 14, pp.397-399, 1979.

Pellas, P., Storzer, D., Kirsten, T., Jordan, J.L., and Richter, H., "U-Pu distribution and 244Pu/238U ratios in chondritic phosphates. Possible use of Pu/U ratios in ordinary chondrites as a chronometric tool", Planetes et Petits Corps du System Solaire, National Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Paris, 1978.

Jordan, J.L., Kirsten, T., and Richter, H., "More Indians join the Arapahoe tribe in I-Xe dating", Meteoritics, Vol. 13, pp.506-508, 1978.

Jordan, J.L., Kirsten, T., Richter, H., Pellas, P., and Storzer, D., "Plutonium and uranium distribution patterns in phosphates from ten ordinary chondrites", US Geol. Survey Open File Rep., 78-701, pp.215-218, 1978.

Jordan, J.L., and Kirsten, T.,"The Clayton Plot", US Geol. Survey Open File Rep., 78-701, pp.204-205, 1978.

Heymann, D., Jordan, J.L., Walker, A., Dziczkaniec, M., Ray, J., and Palma, R., "Inert gas measurements in the Apollo 16 drill core and an evaluation of the stratigraphy and depositional history of this core", Proc. Lunar Planet. Sci. Conf. 9th, Vol. 2, pp.1885-1912, 1978.

Jordan, J.L. and Kirsten, T., and Richter, H., " I-Xe dating of selected ordinary chondrites", Meteoritics, Vol. 12, pp.269-270, 1977.

Kirsten, T., Jordan, J.L., Richter, H., Pellas, P., and Storzer, D., "Plutonium in phosphates from xenon and track data", Meteoritics, Vol. 12, pp.279-270, 1977.

Jordan, J.L. and Heymann, D., "40Ar intercept values and young 40K-40Ar ages of five Apollo 15 fines", Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. Vol 34, pp.159-164, 1977.

Kiko, J., Buchler, K., Jordan, J.L., Kalbitzer, S., Kirsten, T., Muller, H.W., Plieninger, T., and Warhaut, M., "Comparison of rare gas concentration profiles in Lunar and artificially implanted ilmenites measured with the gas ion probe", Meteoritics, Vol. 11, pp.309-312, 1976.

Muller, H.W., Jordan, J.L., Kalbitzer, S., Kiko, J., and Kirsten, T., "Rare gas ion probe analysis of helium profiles in individual lunar soil particles", Proc. Lunar Sci. Conf.7th, Vol. 1, pp.937-952, 1976.

Jordan, J.L., and Heymann, D., "Inert gas-stratigraphy of sections 60002 and 60004 of the Apollo 16 deep drill core", In: Lunar Science VII, The Lunar Science Institute, Houston, 1976.

Jordan, J.L., and Heymann, D., "Inert gas systematics of fines at the Apollo 17 landing site; Localized regolith deposits at Apollo 15, 16, 17", In: Lunar Science VI, pp.448-450, The Lunar Science Institute, Houston, 1975.

Heymann, D., Walton, J.R., Jordan, J.L., Lakatos, S., and Yaniv, A., "Light and dark soils at the Apollo 16 landing site", The Moon, Vol. 13, pp.81-110, 1975.

Jordan, J.L. and Heymann, D., "Inert gases in fines at three levels of the trench at Van Serg crater", Proc. Lunar Sci. Conf. 6th, Vol. 2, pp.2201-2218, 1975.

Jordan, J.L., "Inert gas investigations of Apollo 15 and 17 landing sites", Ph.D. Dissertation, Rice University, 1975.

Walton, J.R., Heymann, D., Jordan, J.L., and Yaniv, A. "Evidence for solar cosmic ray proton-induced neon in fines 67701 from the rim of North Ray crater", Proc. Lunar Sci. Conf. 5th, Vol. 2, pp. 2045-2060, 1974.

Jordan, J.L., Heymann, D., Lakatos, S., "Inert gas patterns in the regolith at the Apollo 15 landing site", Geochim.Cosmochim. Acta, pp. 65-78, 1974.

Jordan, J.L., Lakatos, S., and Heymann, D., "Inert gases in fines from the Hadley-Appennine Region", In: The Apollo 15 Lunar Samples, Eds. J.W. Chamberlain and C. Watkins, 1974.

Jordan, J.L., Lakatos, S., and Heymann, D., "Ar-Kr-Xe systematics in Apollo 15 fines", In: Lunar Science IV,pp. 415-417, The Lunar Science Institute, Houston, 1974.