EAR Announces Staff Changes, Fall 2018
October 24, 2018
The Division of Earth Sciences welcomes three program directors to the division.
Philip Bennett, program director for Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry, joined the division from the University of Texas at Austin where his research expertise is in geomicrobiology, microbial geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry and hydrogeology. Recent research projects looked at carbon dynamics in high arctic permafrost soils, the microbial geochemistry of cave formation, geochemical consequences of storm-surge seawater intrusion, and hot spring arsenic biogeochemistry. He received his PhD in Geology from Syracuse University.
Aisha Morris, program director for Education and Human Resources, joins us from UNAVCO, where she served as Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) director and education specialist. As the lead for the geoscience workforce development initiative, her primary area of focus was crafting strategies for recruiting, training, and retaining the geoscience workforce of the future. Her graduate and postdoctoral research interests focused on the geology and evolution of volcanic terrains on Earth and other terrestrial planets, contributing to discoveries regarding the presence of water in recent Martian history. Aisha earned her B.Sc. in Geology from Duke University and both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Paul Raterron, program director for Geophysics, came to NSF from a research professor position at SUNY Stony Brook University and Brown University, on a leave-of-absence from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He has extensive experience in the study of the high-pressure deformation of geologic materials. His work has implications for understanding the dynamics and seismic properties of Earth's interior. He obtained a Ph.D. in Geosciences from the Université Paris-Sud in Orsay, France, and specialized in mineral physics.
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