Faculty Promotions

Friday, September 23, 2016

The School of Science recently announced this year's faculty promotions. Senior EAPS faculty Raphael Ferrari and Timothy Grove have been appointed to named professorships. Kristin Bergmann and Gregory Fournier have been appointed to career development professorships. Congratulations!

Raffaele Ferrari, becomes the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences: Ferrari studies the circulation of the ocean, its impact on present and past climates, and its role on shaping biological productivity. His group combines observations, theory and numerical models to investigate the physics and biology of the ocean from scales of centimeters to thousands of kilometers.

Timothy Grove, becomes the Robert R. Shrock Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences: Grove is a geologist interested in the processes that have led to the chemical evolution of the Earth and other planets including the moon, Mars, Mercury, and meteorite parent bodies. His approach to understanding planetary differentiation is to combine field, petrologic, and geochemical studies of igneous rocks with high pressure, high-temperature experimental petrology.

Kristin Bergmann, becomes the Victor P. Starr Career Development Assistant Professor. Bergmann works to reconstruct the record of environmental change from observations of sedimentary rocks from latest Precambrian to Ordovician time. To date her work has focused on marine carbonate sedimentary rocks and fossils from sites that include locations in United States, Oman, and Svalbard. She analyzes these rocks using a variety of tools in order to better understand how the chemistry and climate of the oceans and atmosphere affected the evolution of complex life, from unicellular microbial communities to multicellular animal communities. Her research has multiple important components including placing constraints on the environmental change that provides a backdrop for early evolution, and quantifying the range of climatic conditions the Earth system is capable of.
Gregory Fournier, becomes the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Assistant Professor. Fournier's research integrates phylogenetics and horizontal gene transfer (HGT) with studies of microbial evolution, geochemistry, and planetary history. Specific areas of his research include: HGT- and genome-based calibration of molecular clock models of microbial evolution; ancestral reconstruction of ancient proteins and metabolisms; the biogeochemical impact of HGT and microbial metabolism evolution; and the role of partial HGT in the complex ancestry of organismal lineages.