Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Alexander van Geen
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
of Columbia University
Palisades, New York 10964, USA
Phone: (845) 365 8644; Fax: (845) 365 8155
1989 Ph.D. Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, Cambridge, MA. Thesis title: "Trace metal sources for the Atlantic inflow to the
1982 B.S. Oceanography, B.S. Chemistry (cum laude), University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
||Doherty Senior Research Scientist, LDEO
||Professeur invite, Universite d'Aix-Marseille III, France
||Research Scientist, LDEO
||Associate Research Scientist, LDEO
||Adjunct Research Scientist, LDEO
||Post-doctoral investigator, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California
||Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
||Research assistant, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
||Watch officer on Dutch navy research vessel Tydeman
Geochemical cycling of trace elements in natural and perturbed environments, particularly redox-sensitive processes affecting metals and metalloids. Applications to mine tailings, coastal sediment, estuaries, and groundwater, as well reconstructions of past climate change in nearshore environments. Interest in the bridging of disciplines, including the health and social sciences, to address multi-faceted environmental problems.
Selected Professional Activities
- Convener Goldschmidt2013 session "Impacts of air, soil, and water geochemistry on human health"
- Member of the Earth Institute Faculty, 2011-present
Convener of two International Continental Scientific Drilling (ICDP) program workshops to develop new sampling technologies for groundwater studies, Salt Lake City (technical feasibility, 8/2010) and Hanoi (science plan, 4/2011)
Convener, US-Mexico workshop on climate research funded by NSF (August 2009)
Co-convener, AGU Chapman conference on groundwater arsenic (Cambodia, March 2009)
Interim chair, AQUATRAIN advisory committee EU Marie Curie Research Training Network, 2008-2009.
Member, proposal review panel, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France)
Steering Committee member, The Earth Clinic of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
- Steering Committee member, Cross-Cutting Initiatives of the Earth Institute
- Associate Director, Columbia Superfund Basic Research Program, 2000-
- US and international patents pending for arsenic field kit
- Invited by UNICEF to present arsenic mitigation program, Bangkok, 2002
- Interviewed by the BBC, Scientific American, Science, Popular Science, The Economist, La Recherche, Frankfurter Allgemeine and other media about arsenic in Bangladesh
- Co-organized and hosted "Arsenic in Drinking Water" conference attended by over 100 international participants, New York, 2001 (http://superfund.ciesin.columbia.edu)
- NSF panelist, Marine Geology and Geophysics, 1997 and 2000
- Chief scientist, RV Melville, 1999; RV Pt Sur, 1995 and 1997
Zanna Chase (PhD EES, Columbia, 2001), Francesco Fiondella (MS EES, Columbia, 2001), Renee Takesue (PhD EES, Columbia, 2002), Ken Kostel (MS EES, Columbia, 2002), Alisa Opar (MS EES, Columbia U., 2004), Sophie Thoral (These de Doctorat, U. Aix-Marseille III, 2004), Alberto Sanchez (PhD candidate, UABC, Ensenada, Mexico), Allan Horneman (PhD candidate, EEE, Columbia U.), Zahid Aziz (PhD candidate, EES, Columbia U.), Amy Schoenfeld (MS candidate, Columbia U., 2004), Kathleen Radloff (PhD candidate, EEE, Columbia), Fanny Travassac (candidate, These de Doctorat, U. Aix-Marseille III, 2005), Jerome Metral (DESS, University of Grenoble, 2005), Jessica Leber (MS EES/Journalism candidate, Columbia U., 2006), Kathleen Radloff (PhD 2010 DEEE Columbia), Peter Knappet (PhD 2010 Earth and Planetary Sciences, U. Tennessee), Zahid Aziz (PhD 2011 DEES, Columbia U.), Christine George (PhD 2012 MSPH, Columbia), S. Xiah Kragie (MS DEES 2012, Columbia), Ivan Mihaljov (PhD candidate DEES, Columbia), John Feighery (PhD candidate DEEE, Columbia), Md. Rajib Hassan Mozumder (PhD candidate, DEES, Columbia).
Anna Schmidt (1995, Boston College), Stefan Petranek (1996, Bowdoin College), Cristina Rumbaitis (1996, Columbia U.), Anna Michel (1996, MIT), Maryann Sapanara (1997, MIT), Elisabeth Scheidecker (U. South Carolina, 1998), Amanda Scdoris (Barnard College, 1999), Dina Stamler (Barnard College, 1999), Julien Emile-Geay (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris; 2000), Marta Vicarelli (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris; 2002), Roseline Louis (Ecole Normale Superieure de Chimie, Rennes, France; 2004), Cristina Ortega (U. Chile, Santiago, Chile; 2005),
Anya Manning (Barnard College; 2006), Sajaa Ahmed (Columbia College, 2007), Laura Seidman (Columbia College, 2007), Alexandrina Tzanova (Columbia College, 2008), Misheal Artani (Barnard College, 2008); Annael Goupil (Ecole Normale Superieure de Chimie, Rennes, France; 2010), Lucy Stowe (Columbia College, 2011), Fiona Kinniburgh (Columbia College, 2012).
High school advisees:
Stefan Petranek (1995, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, NY), Joy Ann Mahabir (2005, Bronx High School of Science, NY), Thomas Bidal d’Asfeld (2006, French high school, Paris), Pamela Mishkin (Horace Mann High School, 2010-11).