✦ Field camp in 'the  barrens' of the Slave Craton, NWT Canada, Aug 2016. (photo: Steve Shirey)

Summary Biosketch – Steven  B. Shirey

Professional Preparation

Carnegie Institution of Washington      Postdoctoral Fellow, Isotope Geology        1984 - 1985

SUNY Stony Brook                                   Ph.D., Geochemistry                                      1979 - 1984

University of Massachusetts                  M.Sc., Geology                                                1972 - 1975

Dartmouth College                                  A.B., Geology                                                  1968 - 1972


Appointments and Employment

Staff Member                          Carnegie Institution of Washington           1985 - present

Adjunct Professor                  University Maryland College Park               1992-2014

Postdoctoral Fellow               Carnegie Institution of Washington            1984 - 1985

Research Assistant                 SUNY Stony Brook                                         1981 - 1984

Teaching Assistant                 SUNY Stony Brook                                         1979 - 1980

Research Staff Geologist       Massachusetts Institute of Technology     1977 - 1979

Research Mineralogist           Mt. Sinai Hospital Environ. Science Lab     1975 - 1976

Exploration Geologist            Noranda Exploration (summer)                  1970 - 1974



Google Scholar H-index = 68      >18,650 citations

National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding 1985-2020

PI or Co-PI on 26 awards totaling $8,243,752 out of 39 submissions

66% of awards for research projects        34% of awards for analytical equipment

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award, Geoscience Department, University of Massachusetts (2017)

President,  Mineralogical Society of America (2015) 

Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2010) 

Fellow, Geochemical Society (2010 )

President, Geological Society of Washington  (1999)

Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America (1998)

Fellow, Geological Society of America (1997)


Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors

Stearns A. Morse, University of Massachusetts (M.S. advisor); Gilbert N. Hanson, SUNY Stony Brook (Ph.D. advisor); Richard W. Carlson, Carnegie Institution of Washington (Postdoctoral advisor)

Student Advisees (23, with original school affiliation) 

Meagan Ankney (Univ. Wisconsin), C. Tucker Barrie (University of Toronto), Grant Bybee (University of Witwatersrand), Jean Carignan (University of Montreal), Cathleen Doherty (Lamont-Doherty), Katie Donnelly (Lamont Doherty), Lynne Elkins (Smith College), Garret Hart (University of Wisconsin), Darrell Hyde (Memorial University), Kateryna Klochko (University of Maryland), Craig McClung (U of Witwatersrand), Andrew Menzies (Univeristy of Cape Town), Suzanne Nicholson (University of Minnesota), Wendy Nelson (Penn State University), Eliza Poggi (National Cathedral School), Kisha Steele (Howard University), Violet Simelane (University of Witwatersrand), Karen Smit (University of Cape Town), Josh Smith (Indiana University), Valentina Taranovic (Indiana University), Kalle Westerlund (University of Cape Town), Bai-Qing Wu (Northern Illinois University), Karina Zavala (Johns Hopkins University).

Postdoctoral Scholars Mentored (35, with present position)

Sonja Aulbach (University of Frankfurt), Harry Becker (Free University of Berlin), Andrey Bekker (UC Riverside), Al Brandon (University of Houston), Paterno Castillo (Univ of California, San Diego), Cornelia Class (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory), Sonia Esperança (National Science Foundation, ret.), Marion Garçon (Clermont-Ferrand), David Gerlach (deceased), Eloïse Gaillou (Paris Museum of Mines), Munir Humayun (Florida State University), Matt Jackson (University California, Santa Barbara), Kenneth Klevin (US EPA), David Lambert (National Science Foundation), Petrus le Roux (University of Cape Town), Ambre Luguet (University of Bonn), Candace Martin (University of Wellington), Wendy Nelson (Towson State University), Peng Ni (current EPL Fellow), Suzanne Nicholson (USGS Reston), Dominic Papineau (University College, London), Graham Pearson (University  of Alberta), Jesse Reimink (Penn State), Ivan Savov (Leeds University), Lasse Schïotte (deceased), Mark Schmitz (Boise State University), Karen Smit (Gemological Institute of America), Evan Smith (Gemological Institute of America), Ole Stecher (University of Copenhagen), Liyan Tian (Sanya Institute of Deep-Sea Science and Engineering), Paul Tomascak (SUNY College at Oswego), Richard Walker (University of Maryland, College Park), Da Wang (current EPL Fellow), Jessica Warren (University of Delaware), Elisabeth Widom (Miami University, Ohio)