Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Carlson, Richard W.
Location Carnegie Institution for Science
Primary Field Geology
Secondary Field Geophysics
 Election Citation
Through high-precision analyses of radiogenic isotopes, Carlson helped define early solar system chronology, and the origin of both the Moon and Earth. His discovery of anomalous Nd-142 abundance in Earth relative to chondritic meteorites has revolutionized models for the origin and structure of inner solar system planets.
 Research Interests
Nucleosynthetic isotope variability in early solar system materials; timescales and mechanisms of crust formation and mantle differentiation on the terrestrial planets; early Earth history; origin of large-volume volcanism; characteristics of the sub-continental mantle and its role in continent formation and preservation; techniques for high precision chemical and isotope analysis.

 
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