Elmira Wan

Elmira is Project Chief of the Tephrochronology Project at Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Ctr. She studies tephrochronology & micropaleotonology, specializes in geochronostratigraphy of volcanic ash and planktic foraminiferal biostratigraphy. Afer joining USGS in 1985, her research focuses on marine to terrestrial sites in the Pacific Ocean, mainland U.S., Hawai'i, & Alaska.


Professional Experience:

  • 2006 - present, Project Chief, USGS Tephrochronology Project, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1990 - 2006, Geologist, USGS, Tephrochronology Project, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1988 - 1990, Draftsman, Univ. of Utah, Geoscience Illustrations, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1985, 1987, Physical Science Technician, USGS, Branch of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, Menlo Park, CA
  • 1984 - 1987, Senior Preparator, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, CA
  • 1982 - 1984, Preparator, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY



  • Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, 1988