The DCO Secretariat, a team of staff based at the Carnegie Institution for Science, USA, provides central coordination, oversight, and management for DCO.
closeRobert HazenGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
DCO’s Executive Director Robert Hazen is a mineralogist and astrobiologist. He is a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, and professor of Earth Science at George Mason University. Hazen is author of more than 400 articles and 20 books on science, history, and music. His recent research focuses on the role of minerals in the origin of life, including such processes as mineral-catalyzed organic synthesis and the selective adsorption of organic molecules on mineral surfaces. He has also developed a new approach to mineralogy, called "mineral evolution," which explores the co-evolution of the geo- and biospheres. His work has been recognized by Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, the Geochemical Society, and the Mineralogical Society of America. He was the 2016 recipient of the Roebling Medal—the highest award in mineralogy, and has received many other science research awards. The mineral hazenite was named in his honor.
closeCraig SchiffriesGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Dr. Craig Schiffries is director of the Deep Carbon Observatory and a research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science. As a member of the DCO Secretariat and Executive Committee, he helps coordinate all components of DCO. Much of his career spans the interface between science and public policy, advising government agencies and strengthening scientific institutions. He served as a Congressional Science Fellow, director of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the U.S. National Academies, and the first director for geoscience policy at the Geological Society of America. In addition to his technical publications in geochemistry, petrology, and economic geology, he has written on science policy and testified before the U.S. Congress, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and other advisory bodies. He also serves as a member of Synthesis Group 2019.
closeAndrea Johnson MangumGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Andrea Johnson Mangum joined the DCO Secretariat in June 2010. As the Secretariat’s program manager since 2011, she focuses on grants management and achieving programmatic goals. Andrea formerly served as the managing editor for the DCO website and newsletter, and continues to occasionally contribute articles focused on specific activities, such as DCO instrumentation. She also provides additional editorial support for featured content. She has a M.S. in marine geology and years of experience with the Ocean Drilling Program and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program in science management, technical writing, and education. She enjoys going to sea as well as writing about science and scientists.
closeJennifer MaysGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Jennifer Mays joined the DCO Secretariat at the Geophysical Lab in May 2015. As Science Program Associate, she plays a lead role on issues related to DCO data management as well as in managing logistics for DCO meetings, workshops, field trips, and other events. Jenn coordinates with the DCO Engagement and Data Science Teams to help develop, evaluate, and improve DCO’s web infrastructure. She also curates the online Bibliography of Contributions to the DCO and oversees the web presence for DCO’s instrumentation initiatives. She has a broad range of past experience working as a stable isotope geochemistry analyst and as an archaeologist in the U.S. Southwest. Mays holds a M.S. in geology and a B.A. in anthropology.
closeMichelle Hoon-StarrGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Michelle Hoon-Starr joined the DCO Secretariat as a science program assistant in June 2015. Her main responsibilities include writing, compiling, and editing DCO documents; organizing DCO meetings, workshops, and events, and designing Secretariat posters, flyers, and presentations. She serves as Contributing Editor for the DCO website. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a B.S. in geology in May 2015. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the geomorphology of the Virginia Appalachians.
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Top image: Bastnasite-(La), courtesy of the Rruff Database