Steven B Shirey

Senior Research Scientist

Geology and Isotope Geochemistry

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, I am a senior staff member of the four-person Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, (known as 'DTM'). My 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 DTM, research in geophysics, geochemistry, cosmochemistry, astronomy and planetary science is carrried out. DTM is one of the six departments 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)