Dr. Beck Strauss (they/them/theirs) studies how geological materials, from stalagmites on Earth to lava flows on Mercury, record changing magnetic fields over thousands to billions of years. As a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers, they analyzed the decline of the Moon’s dynamo field and helped to keep the paleomagnetism lab running smoothly. As an NRC postdoctoral research fellow at NIST, they worked on the development of calibration standards for rock magnetometers. Now, they conduct calibration and benchmarking for two research labs at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
- B.A. in Geology with High Honors from Oberlin College, 2011
- Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (Geophysics) from the University of Minnesota, 2016
- Currently located in Prince George’s County, MD
- Wants to help fix your broken magnetometer
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