Scott Selects Richard Carlson as the Next Director of DTM

Carnegie News
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 

On Tuesday, 4 November 2014, Carnegie President Matthew Scott named Richard Carlson the new director of DTM. Carlson stepped into the role of acting director in May 2014, and has since played an integral part in DTM's continued scientific success during the past 6 months.

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 continents, the early differentiation of the Earth and Moon, and the chronology of the early Solar System.

"He is an outstanding scientist whose work continues to yield fascinating new findings," said Scott. "I am confident that his experience and wisdom will serve the Institution well as he takes on this important leadership role."

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 2013 Arthur L. Day Medal of the Geological Society of America and the 2008 Norman L. Bowen Award from the American Geophysical Union