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Joseph Colgan

I study magmatism and deformation of the earth’s crust, and how these processes influence the formation and distribution of natural resources and geologic hazards. This work involves geologic mapping at different scales, interpretation of subsurface and geophysical data, and laboratory analyses to determine the age and composition of rocks and minerals.

Professional Experience

  • 2014 - present     Research Geologist, USGS, Denver CO

  • 2009 - 2014         Research Geologist, USGS, Menlo Park CA

  • 2006 - 2009         Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS, Menlo Park CA

  • 1999 - 2005         Teaching and Research Assistant, Stanford University, Stanford CA

  • 1998 - 1999         Earth Science Intern, USGS, Menlo Park CA

Education and Certifications

  • 2005      Ph.D., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford CA

  • 1998      B.A., Geology, Carleton College, Northfield MN

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 - Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE)

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