Mineralogy, Planetary Science

Shaunna Morrison is a postdoctoral associate from the University of Arizona.  She is working with Bob Hazen on mineral network analysis, mineral ecology, mineral evolution and the Mars Science Laboratory mission.


The Geophysical Laboratory's weekly seminar series continues with Donald Dingwell from Ludwig Maximilian University. He will present, "Experimental Volcanology: accessing the inaccessible."

Astrobiology, Department, Geochemistry, High Pressure, Materials, Mineralogy, Planetary Science

The AGU Fall Meeting 2016 will take place in San Francisco, CA from December 12-17.  Many staff members and postdoctoral associates from the Geophysical Laboratory will attend this year.  

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Bob Hazen, staff scientsist at the Geophysical Laboratory, continues our Neighborhood Lecture Series with the second of four lectures. The distribution of minerals on Earth, Mars, and other worlds mimics social networks, as commonly applied to such varied topics as Facebook interactions, the spread of disease, and terrorism networks.

The Geophysical Laboratory's weekly seminar series continues with Eli Moore from the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers.  He will present, "Global Redox Influence on Metal Availability, the Evolution of Archean Metabolisms, and the Search for Ancient Proteins."


Chao Liu hails from Yale University and is a postdoctoral associate working with Robert Hazen.

High Pressure, Mineralogy

Zachary (Zack) Geballe is a postdoctoral fellow working with Viktor Struzhkin.

Zhixue Du joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a Carnegie Fellow from Yale University, where he just received his Ph.D. in Geophysics. He is working with Yingwei Fei and the rest of the staff on various projects and is very interested in mineral physics.

Astrobiology, Mineralogy, Planetary Science

Washington, DC— A team of scientists including Carnegie’s Dina Bower and Andrew Steele weigh in on whether microstructures found in 3.46 billion-year-old samples of a silica-rich rock called chert found in Western Australia are the planet’s oldest fossils.


The Geophysical Laboratory’s own Bob Hazen will be starring in “Life’s a Rocky Start,” a PBS NOVA special on January 13, 2016 at 9pm EST on PBS.