Dr. Lisa Tauxe graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1978, and with a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1983. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She won the George P. Woolard Award and the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America, the Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute, the Humboldt Prize from the Deutsche Forshungs Gemeinde and was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tauxe has authored or co-authored over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as two books on the subject of Rock and Paleomagnetism. She founded and maintains widely used software for the rock and paleomagnetic community. She served as president of the Geomagnetism/Paleomagneitsm Section and as the General Secretary/Treasurer of the American Geophysical Union. She is currently a Professor Emerita, having retired in 2020 from the position of Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Research Interests

1) The behavior of the ancient geomagnetic field: How long has the geomagnetic field been essentially dipolar? Why does the magnetic field reverse? How strong can the magnetic field get? How fast can it change? 2) Statistical analysis of paleomagnetic data. 3) Applications of paleomagnetic data to geological problems such as: The use of paleomagnetic data for geochronological control. The use of paleointensity variations as an additional magnetostratigraphic tool. 4 Rock fabrics: The use of paleomagnetic data in structural and tectonic problems.

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Section 15: Geology

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Section 16: Geophysics