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Yona studied Geology/Paleontologie at the University of Muenster/Germany with a focus on Geochemistry. In her PhD she investigated the possible application of combined Lu-H and U-Pb analyses from detrital zircons to different geological settings, including provenance studies and early crustal evolution. Her research work focuses on radiogenic isotopes and analytical techniques. SHe is mainly interestd in the development and application of innovative geochemical tracers in a variety of geological settings. Her recent research is around crustal reworking, stable isotopes as tracers for hydrous phases and the significance of sediments and detrital material for early earth studies.

Yona has won research grants from DFG, DAAD, Heinrich-Hertz-Foundation and a Marie Curie scholarship. She has also been selected for the Homeward Bound Leadership Program for women in STEM.

Research interests

Yona's research interests lie mainly at the interface between geochemical tracers and their application for geological settings and processes. In a recent study she used zircon-free shale samples in order to understand early crustal reworking processes. In a different study, she uses stable isotopes like Molybdenum to understand the role of hydrous phases in different geological settings, like LIPs or subduction zones.

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