MSU Talks: Hazen of the Deep Carbon Observatory


The Co-Evolving Geosphere and Biosphere: Insights from 'Big-Data' Mineralogy

Thurs., Sept. 28, 2:15 pm 

International Center, Classroom - 115 (MAP)

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hazenRobert Hazen

  • Director, Deep Carbon Observatory 
  • Senior Research Scientist, Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory
  • Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University

Robert M. Hazen received a bachelor's and master's degree in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971), and doctoral degree from Harvard University in earth science (1975).

He is author of 350 scientific articles and 20 books, including Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origin.

The past president of the Mineralogical Society of America, Hazen’s recent research focuses on the role of minerals in the origin of life, the co-evolution of the geo- and biospheres, and the development of complex systems. He is also Principal Investigator of the Deep Carbon Observatory, a 10-year project to study the chemical and biological roles of carbon in Earth’s interior (

Hazen is active in presenting science to nonscientists through writing, radio, TV, public lectures, and video courses. In addition Hazen is a professional trumpeter and is a member of the National Gallery Orchestra and the National Philharmonic.

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