Astrobiology, Geochemistry, High Pressure

Dr. Vincent S. Riggi joins GL as a new Visiting Investigator working with Andrew Steele. Riggi joins us from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He will be working on CO2 reduction mechanisms at medium PT conditions. His research interests include astrobiology, prebiotic chemistry, organic synthesis, and high pressure geochemistry.


Dr. Mojhgan A. Haghnegahdar of Department of Geology at the University of Maryland will present a seminar titled, "Can Measurements of 13CH3D & 12CH2D2 Help Us Understand the Atmospheric Methane Budget?"


Dr. Matthieu Galvez of ETH in Zurich delivered a special Wednesday seminar entitled, "How Mountains React and Breathe."


Dr. Jill Mikucki of the University of Tennessee Knoxville will deliver a seminar entitled "On the exploration of Antarctic subglacial microbial ecosystems."

Geochemistry, Planetary Science

Dr. Xike "Nicole" Nie comes to GL From the University of Chicago. For the next two years, Nie will be working with Dr.


Dr. Irena Mamajanov of ELSI researches geochemistry and the origins of life. She delivered a seminar on "From Messy Chemistry to the Origins of Life."

Geochemistry, High Pressure, Materials, Mineralogy, Planetary Science

Dr. Elena Bykova is a new Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow at GL.

Geochemistry, Materials, Mineralogy

Dr. Nico Küter (Kueter) is a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow who will be working with Dr. George Cody on investigating molar volume isotope effects on hydrogen incorporated as water in silicate melts.