Rick Carlson Named Acting Director of DTM

Carnegie News
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 


Carnegie President Richard Meserve has named Rick Carlson Acting Director of DTM following the departure of former DTM Director Linda Elkins-Tanton.

Carlson studies the chemical and physical processes that formed the terrestrial planets. Using the known decay rates of various radioactive isotopes, he investigates the chronology of early processes on small planetary objects and studies the chemical and physical aspects of old and young crust-forming processes on Earth. He has developed and applied a range of isotope geochemical and cosmochemical tools to shape our understanding of the origin of continental magmas, the formation of the continental crust and lithospheric mantle, the early differentiation of the Earth and Moon, and the chronology of the early Solar System.

“Rick is very deserving of this distinction,” remarked Meserve when Carlson won the prestigious Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America (GSA) back in July 2013. “He is highly accomplished in his field and is an exceptional mentor. He typifies a Carnegie scientist and we are very proud of his accomplishments.”

Carlson received a B.A. in chemistry and Earth science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Earth science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD in 1980. He has been a staff member at Carnegie since 1981. Carlson received the 2008 Norman L. Bowen Award from the American Geophysical Union. He has served on many science review panels for the National Science Foundation, NASA and others, and has supervised many Ph.D. students, in addition to pre and postdoctoral fellows. Carlson is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geochemical Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, among other affiliations.

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13 May 2014



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