Congratulations to Professor Peter Kelemen who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences along with 83 other distinguished scientists in recognition of their continuing achievements in original research.
The NAS is the country’s most prestigious scientific organization, and election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer in the United States.
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Professor Peter Kelemen is Arthur D. Storke Professor at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He combines geochemical and geophysical techniques to study Earth processes. He is working on reactive transport of lava through the Earth’s upper mantle and lower crust, genesis and evolution of oceanic and continental crust, new mechanisms for earthquake initiation, geologic capture and storage of CO2 (CCS), and reaction-driven cracking in natural and engineered settings, with application to CCS, geothermal power generation, hydrocarbon extraction, and in situ mining. He teaches “Earth Resources for Sustainable Development” at Columbia, as well as courses and seminars on petrology and geochemistry. Field mapping and sampling remain crucial to Peter's work. He was a founding partner of Dihedral Exploration (1980-1992), consultants specializing in exploration for mineral deposits in Canada, Alaska and Greenland. In addition, research and climbing have taken him to Peru, India, Oman, the Aleutian Islands, 7,500 meters above sea level in Pakistan, and 5,500 meters below sea level via submersibles along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. His ongoing field work is focused on Oman, California, and the Aleutian volcanic arc, with planned forays to Turkey, Japan and Norway.