Complete CV

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

Education and Professional Preparation

Carnegie Institution of Washington; Isotope Geology, Postdoctoral Fellowship 1984-1985

State University of New York Stony Brook; Geochemistry, Ph.D. 1984

University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Geology, M.Sc. 1975

Dartmouth College, Hanover NH; Geology, A.B., 1972

Appointments and Employment

Staff Member, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1985 to present

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, 1992-2014

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1984 to 1985

Research Assistant, Earth & Space Sciences, SUNY Stony Brook, 1981 to 1984

Teaching Assistant, Earth & Space Sciences, SUNY Stony Brook, 1979 to 1980

Geologist, Sponsored Research Staff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977-1979

Mineralogist, Environmental Sciences Lab, Mount Sinai Hospital, 1975-1976

Economic Geologist, Mineral Exploration, Three summer positions, 1970-1974


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)

Research Interests

geological processes on the early Earth

chemical evolution of mantle reservoirs

formation of the continents

magmatism at mid-ocean ridges

mantle processes in subduction zones

geochemical constraints on plate tectonics

geological aspects of diamond formation and relation to carbon geochemical cycle

Analytical Expertise

radiogenic and stable isotope systems as igneous petrogenetic tracers

solid and plasma source isotope ratio mass spectrometry

high-sensitivity chemical separation and ion detection techniques

specific systems include: B, C, N, O, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Pb-Pb, Re-Os, PGE, LILE

Geological Field and Cruise Experience

East Pacific Rise area, OASIS Cruise, RV Atlantis on 8ºN seamount chain; Alvin Dive #4852, fall 2016

Slave Craton, NWT Canada, Central Slave Basement Complex, high grade gneiss terrane, summer 2016

Sudbury, Ontario area, field trip co-leader for geoneutrino-producing crustal rocks around SNO+, 2012

Ontario, Wawa-Abitibi Belt, Superior Province, diamondiferous lamprophyres in greenstone belt, 2009

South Africa-Botswana, Kaapvaal Craton, mantle xenolith and diamond localities, 1995, 1998, 2000

East Pacific Rise, Panorama Leg I, RV Melville, co-Investigator, 1997

Nunavut, Churchill Province komatiites and associated supracrustal rocks, 1997

Australia, Yilgarn Craton, komatiites and komatiite-hosted Ni deposits, 1993

Ontario, Wabigoon Belt, Superior Province, granite-greenstone terranes, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984

Ohio-Pennsylvania-Indiana, mature Appalachian sandstone deposits, 1977

Colorado, San Juan volcanic field, fracture system mapping 1974

Labrador, Nain anorthosite complex, 1973

Wyoming-Colorado, Precambrian age rocks in Laramide uplifts, 1971

Maine, Devonian metamorphic rocks, geochem sampling, 1970

Research Funding

Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on 26 National Science Foundation Grants out of 39 submissions totaling $8,243,752 from 1985-2020. Does not include participatory roles in other grants from NASA and the Sloan Foundation.

Education/Outreach Activities

TJStar Lecturer, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA, 2018

USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington DC, participant and exhibitor, 2011-2016

Smithsonian Institution, Summer Earth Science Academy for Teachers, lecturer & workshop leader, 2009-2018

Indiana University, Crossroads Geology Conference (undergraduate science fair judge), 2008

University of Maryland, Geology 646 Crustal Petrology, lecturer, 2007

Geophysical Lab/DTM, NSF REU Summer Intern Program Grant, Co-Investigator, 2000-2004

Department of Commerce, Science Fellows Program, speaker, 2002

Smithsonian Institution, Museum Natural History, scientific consultant for geochronology exhibit, 2001

Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, local geology and rocks exhibit organizer for nature trail, 2001

Montgomery College, Summer Science Teacher Training Workshop, speaker, 1999, 2000

DTM, Summer Intern Program Coordinator, 1998-2000

Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, Hands-on-Science Program Coordinator, 1995-1999

University of Maryland, graduate level course, Geochemical Evolution of the Solid Earth, 1992

Editorial Duties

American Mineralogist, Special Editor, 2015 to 2017

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Associate Editor, 2010-2013

Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Associate Editor, 1990-1994

The Geochemical News, Editor, 1989-1995

Proposal and Program Review

NSF, Earth Sciences Review Panel, Petrology and Geochemistry, 2012-2014

NSERC, Site Visit Committee, Industrial Research Chair Program, Waterloo, ON, 2010

NSF, Major Research Infrastructure Reinvestment and Recovery Review Panel, 2009

Smithsonian Institution, Endowment Research Proposal Review Panel, 2008

NSF, Committee of Visitors (COV), EAR Instrumentation & Facilities Program, 2007

NSF, Earth Sciences Review Panel, Continental Dynamics, 1997-2003

NSF, Small Business Innovative Research Review Panel, 1995-1996

NSF, Earth Sciences Review Panel, Petrology and Geochemistry, 1991-1993

NSF, Small Business Innovative Research Review Panel, 1987-1988

Committees and Administration

Dana Medal Committee, Mineralogical Society of America, 2020-2022

Mineralogical Society of America Centennial Celebration Co-organizer 2019

Reservoirs and Fluxes Community Steering Committee of the Deep carbon Observatory, 2018-2020

Geochemical Society, Joint Publications Committee 2016-2018, Chair 2018

Geological Society of Washington, Finance Committee 2015

Geochemical Society, Nominations Committee 2012-2014

American Geophysical Union, Tellers Committee 2010-2012

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Health Care Contract Renegotiation Committee, 2009-2010

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Energy Committee, 2008

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Service to Science Award committee chair, 2007 to 2009

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Safety Officer, 2000 to present

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Machine Shop Committee, chair, 2004 to 2012

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Library Committee, 1995 to present

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Hazardous Waste Officer, 1990 to present

Geological Society of Washington, Nominations Committee, 2003, 2005

Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, PTA, President and Vice President 1997-2001

Smithsonian Institution Geochemistry Staff Search Committee, 1999

Geological Society of Washington, 1st and 2nd Vice-President and President 1995,1998,1999

Geological Society of Washington, Program, Awards, and Nominations Committees, 1994, 1996, 1997

Geological Society of Washington, Councilor, 1992 to 1993

Geochemical Society, Secretary, 1989 to 1995

Conference and Meeting Organization

Co-organizer MSA Centennial, Washington DC, 2019

Co-organizer 4th International Diamond School, Bressanone Italy, 2018

Co-organizer 3rd International Diamond School, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2016

Co-organizer 2nd International Diamond School, Bressanone Italy, 2011

Co-convener, Special Session, Formation, evolution, and destruction of cratons, 22nd Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, QB, 2012

International Organizing Committee, 20th Goldschmidt Conference, Knoxville, TN, 2009

Co-convener, Special Session, Continents and their Lithospheric Keels, 18th Goldschmidt Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2008

Co-convener, Special Session, Mantle heterogeneity induced via ancient subduction, 17th Goldschmidt Conference, Cologne, GDR, 2007

Co-convener, VGP Session, Earth's Carbon Cycle: Sources, Recycling Pathways, & Geochemical Evolution, Spring 2006 AGU

Co-convener, Union Session, Geophysics in the 20th Century, Contributions from Washington, Spring 2002 AGU

Co-convener, VGP Session, Petrological and Geochemical Constraints on the Formation of Archean Cratons, Spring 2001 AGU

AGU Spring Program Committee, 2001-2002

Co-convener, VGP Session, Pb Isotopes and the Study of the Earth, a Symposium to Honor George Tilton, Fall 1994 AGU

Organizing Committee, 3rd Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granite, 1995

Invited Conference and Keynote Lectures

V. M. Goldschmidt Conference, 2020 Keynote "Slab-derived diamond and the formation of cratons" (virtual meeting)

GAC-MAC Meeting Whitehorse, YT, Invited for “Kimberlites, Diamonds and Xenoliths”

AGU Meeting San Francisco, 2012, Invited for “Constraints on Composition and Structure of the Lithospheric Mantle”

GSA Meeting Charlotte, 2012, Keynote for Pardee Symposium “Understanding the Earth Through Carbon”

GSA Meeting Minneapolis, 2011, Keynote for “The Archean of North America: the Core of a Continent”

Lecturer, International School on Diamond Geology, Univ of Padua, Brixen-Bressanone Italy, 2011

5th International Archean Symposium, Perth, WA, 2010

Neutrino Geoscience 2008, Sudbury, ON, 2008

GAC NUNA Conference on “The Pulse of the Earth and Planetary Evolution”, Sudbury, ON, 2007

GSA Penrose Conference on ”When Did Plate Tectonics Start on Earth”, Lander, Wyoming, 2006

8th International Kimberlite Conference, Victoria, 2003

Geophysical Lab Centennial Symposium, The Living Earth, 2002

53rd Diamond Conference, Oxford, UK, 2002

52nd Diamond Conference, Bristol, UK, 2001

Geochemical Earth Reference Model Workshop, Lyon, France, 1996

IUGG XXI General Assembly, Boulder, CO, 1995

5th V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 1994

I.A.V.C.E.I., Canberra, Australia, 1993

USGS Short Course on Isotopes and Geochronology, Reston, VA, 1992

MAC Short Course on Radiogenic Isotope Systems, Toronto, Canada, 1991

I.C.O.G. 7, Canberra, Australia, 1990

Midcontinent Rift Scientific Drilling Workshop, Duluth, MN, 1987

Invited university lectures, more than 25 from 1984-2010

Society Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Geophysical Union

Geochemical Society

Geological Society of America

Geological Society of Washington

Mineralogical Society of America

Mentoring - 21 Student Advisees

(PhD and MSc candidates with original home institution)

Megan Ankney (University of Wisconsin)

C.Tucker Barrie (University of Toronto)

Grant Bybee (University of Witwatersrand)

Jean Carignan (deceased)

Xin Ding (Indiana University)

Katie Donnelly (Lamont Doherty Earth Obs)

Lynne Elkins (Smith College)

Louise Frick (Monash University)

Ben Garden (University of Cape Town)

Garret Hart (University of Wisconsin)

Darrell Hyde (Memorial Univ of Newfoundland)

Andrew Menzies (University of Cape Town)

Wendy Nelson (Pennsylvania State University)

Suzanne Nicholson (University of Minnesota)

Violet Simelane (University of Witswatersrand)

Eliza Poggi (National Cathedral School)

Karen Smit (University of Cape Town)

Josh Smith (Indiana University)

Kisha Steele (Howard University)

Valentina Taranovic (Indiana University)

Adrian van Rythoven (Univeristy of Toronto)

Kalle Westerlund (University of Cape Town)

Bai-Qing Wu (Northern Illinois University)

Karina Zavala (Northern Arizona University)

Mentoring - 36 Postgraduate Advisees

(with current position and e-mail address)

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 Esperanca (National Science Foundation, ret.)

Marion Garcon (Clermont-Ferrand)

David Gerlach (deceased)

Eloise 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)

Margo Regier (current EPL Fellow)

Ivan Savov (Leeds University)

Lasse Schiotte (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 J. Walker (University of Maryland, College Park)

Da Wang (current EPL Fellow)

Jessica Warren (University of Delaware)

Elisabeth Widom (Miami University, Ohio)

External PhD Examiner

Andrea de Stefano (University of British Columbia)

Cathleen Doherty (LDEO)

Katie Donnely (LDEO)

Janet Dunphy (Universite de Montreal)

Rui Feng (University of Saskatchewan)

Anais Fourny (University of British Columbia)

Deborah Hassler (Woods Hole)

Katernya Klochko (University of Maryland)

Trevor MacHattie (University of Alberta)

Suzette Timmerman (Australian National University)

Lin Qiu (University of Maryland)

Zhihai Zhang (Dalhousie University)

Advisors & Collaborators - Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors

Richard W. Carlson, Carnegie Institution of Washington (Postdoctoral advisor)

Gilbert N. Hanson, SUNY Stony Brook (Ph.D. advisor)

Stearns A. Morse, University of Massachusetts (M.Sc. advisor)

Advisors & Collaborators - coauthors (not advisees last 10 years)

Lew Ashwal (Univeristy of Witswatersrand)

John Ayer (Ontario Geological Survey)

Joel A Baker (University of Copnhagen)

Asish R Basu (University of Rochester)

Brian Beard (University of Wisconsin)

Susan Beck (University of Arizona)

Sam A Bowring (Mass Inst Technology)

Gerhardt Brugmann (Max Planck Institute)

Gailina Bulanova (University of Bristol)

Dante Canil (University of Victoria)

Pierre Cartigny (IPG, University of Paris)

Aaron Cavosie (University of Puerto Rico)

Peter Dienes (Pennsylvania State University)

Matt Fouch (Arizona State University)

Stephen Goldstein (Lamont Doherty Earth Obs)

John Gurney, (University of Cape Town)

Barry Hanan (San Diego State University)

Jeffrey Harris (University of Glasgow)

Wes Hildreth (USGS)

Dmitri A Ionov (Universite Jean Monnett)

Raymond Jeanloz (Univ of California Berkeley)

George Jenner (Memorial University)

Brian Jicha (University of Wisconsin)

Clark M Johnson (University of Wisconsin)

Balz Kamber (Laurentian University)

Alan J Kaufman (University of Maryland)

John Kerswill (Geological Survey of Canada)

Bruce Kjarsgaard (Geological Survey of Canada)

Charles Langmuir (Harvard University)

Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University)

William Leeman (National Science Foundation)

Roy S Lewis (University of Chicago)

Michael Lisowski (USGS)

J.-P. Lorand (National History Museum Paris)

Juan Lorenzo (Louisiana State University)

Claudia Mora (University of Tennessee)

Paul D Mueller (University of Florida)

D. Graham Pearson (Durham University)

Mike Perfit (University of Florida)

Vinai K Rai (University of California San Diego)

Stephen Richardson (University of Cape Town)

J Donald Rimstidt (Virginia Polytechnic Inst &SU)

Maria Schöbächler (Manchester University)

John Shervais (Utah State University)

Brad Singer (University of Wisconsin)

Krishna Sinha (Virginia Polytechnic Instit &SU)

Chris B Smith (Univeristy of Bristol)

Thomas Stachel (University of Alberta)

Seth Stein (Northwestern University)

Mark Thiemens (University California San Diego)

John W Valley (University of Wisconsin)

Fanus Viljoen (South African Geoscience)

Richard J. Walker (University of Maryland)

MIke Walter (University of Bristol)

Martin Whitehouse (University of Stockholm)

Sue Webb (Univeristy of Witswatersrand)

Dominique Weis (University of British Columbia)

Uwe Wiechert (University of Berlin)

Simon A Wilde (Curtin Univeristy)

Allan Wilson (University of Witwatersrand)

Karl Wirth (Macalester College)

Derek Wyman (University of Sydney)

Tetsu Yokoyama (University of Tokyo)

HongFu Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)