We explore & discover

Scientists at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) bring the perspective of several disciplines to broad questions about nature. DTM's name comes from its original role to chart the Earth's magnetic field. This goal was largely accomplished by 1929. Since then, DTM has evolved to reflect the growing multi-disciplinary nature of the Earth, planetary, and astronomical sciences. Today, the historic goal remains to understand the physical Earth and the universe that is our home.

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Upcoming events

“Geophysics on the Eve of the Great War, 1914”
Dr. Gregory Good (Campus Centennial Seminar )
Monday, April 21, 2014

"Journey to the Extreme Depths of the Ocean."
Dionysis Foustoukos (Neighborhood Lecture Series)
Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Opening Day at Broad Branch Road, 1914

Opening day at BBR

The Carnegie Institution celebrates a century of science and discovery at its Washington, DC, campus this month. Learn about our campus history and join us at one of our events in commemeration of our centennial.

April 1, 1914 was cool and rainy, but spirits must have been high among the scientists and staff of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. After ten years quartered in rented rooms in the Ontario Apartment House near the National Zoo, the Department marked the start of its eleventh year on its own new campus “out in the country” on Washington’s northwest fringe.

Searching for Jobs Outside of Academia

Non-Academic Jobs Workshop

On Friday, 4 April 2014, DTM hosted a Non-Academic Scientific Jobs Workshop in the Abelson Collaboration Center (ACC) for current DTM and GL postdoctoral fellows and associates. Speakers included Winston Chan of Corvusys. Inc.Michelle Weinberger of the Schafer Corporation, David Applegate of the US Geological Survey (USGS), and Sonia Esperanca of the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Each year, the search for academic jobs becomes more and more competitive. The search for jobs outside of academia is a big step for postdocs and they could use advice on why they should look into other options and how to proceed. Working in challenging, innovative, lucrative, and important non-academic scientific jobs can be as equally gratifying as academic jobs.

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Image Gallery

DTM scientists regularly explore our planet and the universe. Along the way they capture images of stunning landscapes, geophysical processes and data visualizations.

Browse DTM’s online image gallery to share in the journey of scientific exploration and discovery.

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David Shelly

David Shelly (USGS) discusses "Seismicity on the move: insights into faulting from migrating earthquake swarms and tectonic tremor" at this week's DTM seminar.

John Chambers

John Chamber's study on the age of the Earth in correlation with the Moon's formation is published in Nature.

Margarete Jadamec Brown

Margarete Jadamec (Brown) presents her work on, "A Perspective on Subduction from High-Resolution 3d Visvous Flow Modeling" @ this week's DTM seminar.