James Anderson

James Anderson

Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Gas-phase kinetics of free radicals; catalytic processes in the atmosphere controlling global change of ozone; high-altitude experiments from balloons and aircraft; development of laser systems for stratospheric and tropospheric studies; development of high-altitude, long-duration unmanned aircraft for studies of global change.

Anderson Group/CCB
Harvard University
12 Oxford Street,
Link Bldg.
Cambridge, MA 01238
p: 617-495-5922
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Jeremy Bloxham

Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics

Planetary magnetic fields, dynamo theory, structure and dynamics of the earth's core and lower mantle, inverse theory, mathematical geophysics.

Research Group Coordinator: Elizabeth Busky
20 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office Location:Geomuseum 201
p: 617-495-9517 f: 617-496-1240
Nadja Drabon

Nadja Drabon

Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
My research focuses on the habitability of the early Earth and how it was affected by crustal processes and changing surface environments. The study of the early Earth requires a clear understanding of present-day sedimentary processes as well as an appreciation of the non-uniformitarian character of the early Earth. My research integrates multidisciplinary approaches by applying stratigraphic, provenance and geochemical analyses paired with detailed knowledge of complex geology at outcrop- to basin-scale. Specifically, my contributions to the field focus on: (1) Furthering our understanding of the formation of crust during the Hadean and Archean, (2) evaluating processes of early life recorded in the rock record and studying the influence of impact-related environmental perturbations on the biosphere, and (3) characterizing the poorly understood tectonic processes in the Archean.
24 Oxford Street, Rm 367-368
Cambridge, MA 02138
Rebecca  Fischer

Rebecca Fischer

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Accretion, core formation, and composition of the deep interiors of Earth and other terrestrial planets. She combines high-pressure, high-temperature mineral physics experiments with planetary-scale modeling.

Fischer received a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Integrated Science from Northwestern University in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2015.

Research Group Coordinator: Summer Smith

Office location: Geological Museum 204C
Mailing address: 20 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-384-6992
Roger Fu

Roger Fu

Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Head Tutor

Research interests include the formation and interior evolution of the Earth and other planetary bodies.  Roger's primary tool is paleomagnetism, which he complements with geodynamical modeling. 

Research Group Coordiantor:

20 Oxford St.
Geo Museum 204B
p: 617-384-6991
John P. Holdren

John Holdren

Co-Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Research Professor; Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Emeritus
Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Emeritus;
Affiliated Professor in Environmental Science & Engineering, Emeritus

DR. JOHN P. HOLDREN is the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, CoDirector of the School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Faculty Affiliate in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also Visiting Distinguished Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and Senior Advisor to the President at the Woods Hole Research Center, a pre-eminent scientific think tank focused on the role of the terrestrial biosphere in global climate change. From January 2009 to January 2017, he was President Obama’s Science Advisor and Senate-confirmed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), becoming the longest-serving Science Advisor to the President in the history of the position.... Read more about John Holdren

Littauer Building 370
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Peter Huybers

Peter Huybers

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering

Peter Huybers is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University whose research interests lie in developing a better understanding of the climate system and its implications for society.  On-going research involves interactions between volcanism and glaciation, trends and predictability of extreme temperatures, and implication of climate change for food production.

Huybers received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

Research Group Coordinator:

Office location: Geological Museum 457
Mailing address: 20 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-4811, f: (617) 384-7396
Miaki Ishii

Miaki Ishii

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Internal structure of the earth, seismic source imaging, signal processing, theoretical seismology, and geodynamics.

Research Group Coordinator: Marisa Reilly

20 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Geological Museum 202B
p: 617-384-8066, f: 617-495-8839
Daniel Jacob

Daniel Jacob

Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering

Air pollution, atmospheric transport, regional and global atmospheric chemistry, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, climate change.

Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office location - Pierce Hall 110C
p: 617-495-1794, f: 617-495-4551
David  Johnston

David Johnston

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Director of Graduate Studies

Isotope geochemistry and historical geobiology. Re-animating ancient ecosystems and ocean chemistry using stable isotope systems, chemical speciation techniques, modern microbial experiments (for calibration) and theoretical considerations.

Research Group Coordinator:

20 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office Location: Geo Mus 363
p: 617-496-5024 f: 617-384-7396
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Frank Keutsch

Stonington Professor of Engineering and Atmospheric Science; Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Affiliated Faculty Member of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Area Chair for Environmental Science and Engineering
Research in the Keutsch group is aimed at improving our understanding of photochemical oxidation processes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that produce tropospheric ozone (O3) and are central to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. O3 and aerosol affect human health and climate, and uncertainties in the radiative effects of aerosol comprise the largest uncertainties in current estimates of anthropogenic forcing of climate. Our scientific approach builds on enabling new field observations of key VOC oxidation intermediates (OVOCs) via instrumentation and method development.

Laboratory Manager/Administrator: Lori Reck

CCB/Link Building 268
p: (617) 495-1878
Andrew Knoll

Andrew Knoll

Fisher Professor of Natural History; Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Emeritus

Andy Knoll is the Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard University. He received his B.A. in Geology from Lehigh University in 1973 and his Ph.D., also in Geology, from Harvard in 1977.... Read more about Andrew Knoll

Harvard University Botanical Museum
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge MA 02138

Office location: Botanical Museum Room 50
p: 617-495-9306, f: 617-495-5667