Steven B Shirey

Senior Research Scientist

Geology and Isotope Geochemistry

Earth and Planets Laboratory

Carnegie Institution for Science

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✦ The sampling arm from the manned submersible ALVIN is pictured breaking off pillow basalt on the ocean floor during the OASIS Cruise more than a mile and a half under the sea surface. (Photo: Steve Shirey).
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Education and current position

A geologist for more than 50 years, Steve Shirey is a senior staff member of the Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group at the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL, the new combined Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and the Geophysical Laboratory). His main interests are in diamonds as the deepest probe of plate tectonics, the igneous evolution of the solid earth, and the emergence of continents.

At Carnegie's Earth and Planets Laboratory, research in geophysics, geochemistry, cosmochemistry, astronomy, planetary science, experimental petrology, and material science is carried out on one campusin residential northwest Washington, DC. EPL is one of the three divisions that make up the Carnegie Institution for Science --the nation's oldest privately-endowed research organization dedicated to fundamental scientific research for the benefit of mankind.


BA, Geology (1972), Dartmouth College

MS, Geology (1975), University of Massachusetts Amherst

PhD, Geochemistry (1984), State University of New York at Stony Brook

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Isotope Geochemistry (1984-1985), Carnegie Institution for Science

Scientific Staff Member, Carnegie Institution for Science (1985 to present)