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Martin Goldhaber

Martin (Marty) Goldhaber is a Scientist Emeritus with the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center and the John Wesley Powell John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis. His research focuses on the role of geology, hydrology, ecology, and land use in regional soil geochemistry.

Martin (Marty) Goldhaber grew up in Los Angeles California. After spending a year as a Post Doc at Yale, he joined the USGS in 1975. He was co-chair of the USGS Science Strategy team which identified key strategic directions for the USGS to follow over the next decade.

Marty is past President of the Geochemical Society. Marty has served on the editorial boards of Economic Geology, American Journal of Science, and Geochimica (two terms) and has served on advisory boards for the Geological Society of America, the Ocean Drilling Program, NASA, and NSF. His association with the Colorado School of Mines and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as adjunct professor resulted in the mentoring of thirteen masters and doctoral students. He is also on the faculty of the Minerals, Metals, Metalloids, and Toxicity program at SUNY Stony Brook. Marty’s research interests have evolved during his career. His early work was on the biogeochemistry of sulfur in modern marine sediments. After joining the USGS, he applied these perspectives on sulfur geochemistry toward understanding the origin of sediment-hosted ore deposits. This interest in ore genesis led to a focus on large scale crustal fluid flow processes that drive not only genesis of some ore types, but also impact the modern environment by enriching shallow crustal rocks with potentially toxic constituents. His research then evolved into understanding the environmental impacts of these crustal flow processes. 

Education and Certifications

  • PhD in Geochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (1973)

  • BS in Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (1968)

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Geological Society of America - Fellow

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science - Fellow

  • Society of Economic Geologists - Fellow

  • Geochemical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Rank Award

  • Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government