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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

"Reconstructing the Mass Assembly of Galaxy Disks over the last 7 Billion Years with ALMA, HST and Spitzer"
Kartik Sheth, NRAO (Astronomy Talk Series)
Friday, April 25, 2014

"To Be or Not to Be (a Planet): Brown Dwarfs at the Exoplanet Mass Boundary"
Jacqueline Faherty (DTM Weekly Seminar Series)
Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Elkins-Tanton Assumes New Position at Arizona State University this Summer

Elkins-Tanton Assumes New Position at Arizona State University this Summer

Linda Elkins-Tanton, director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, is resigning her position at Carnegie, effective May 9, 2014. She has accepted a position as the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, starting July 1, 2014.

“Lindy will be greatly missed,” said Carnegie’s President Richard A. Meserve. “The breadth of her research interests combined with her management skills and her enthusiasm for outreach made her an excellent fit for leadership at Carnegie. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Elkins-Tanton said: “I will miss Carnegie and, especially, my colleagues at DTM. ASU has provided me with a special opportunity to expand my horizons and to resume interacting with students again.” 

Lara Wagner Joins DTM's Geophysics Staff

Lara Wagner

DTM announces with great pleasure the addition of Lara Wagner to its Geophysics staff. Her prestigious research program in seismology, as well as her great energy and enthusiasm, will be a great addition to our campus.

Wagner received her undergraduate degree from Columbia in 1996, and her Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Arizona in 2005. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at DTM from 2005-2007, and has since been a Professor of seismology and tectonics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in their Department of Geological Sciences. She was recently named a distinguished lecturer for the Incorporated Research Institutions of Seismology (IRIS), which is an indication of her prominence within the geophysical community. 

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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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Jacqueline K. Faherty

Watch DTM's Jackie Faherty LIVE as she presents on "To Be or Not to Be (a Planet): Brown Dwarfs at the Exoplanet Mass Boundary" at this week's DTM seminar.

Lara S. Wagner

DTM announces with great pleasure the addition of Lara Wagner to its Geophysics staff.

Dionysis Foustoukos

Dionysis Foustoukos (GL) discusses his work on the "Journey to the Extreme Depths of the Ocean" at the 3rd installment of this season's Neighborhood Lecture Series.