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Kenneth W. W. Sims: Academic CV

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PDF of Ken Sims' Academic CV, 16 pages, including Publications List. (updated 10/2008).

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Ph.D., Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
Thesis Advisor: Donald J. DePaolo

M.Sc., Institute of Meteoritics, Department of Geology, University of New Mexico, 1989
Thesis Advisors: Klaus Keil, Horton Newsom

B.A., Colorado College, Cum Laude, with Honors in Geology, 1986

Professional Experience

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Associate Scientist with Tenure, Department of Geology and Geophysics (2007-present)
Associate Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics (2002-2007)
Assistant Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics (1997-2002)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Geology and Geophysics (1995-1997)
   Advisors: Stan Hart, Peter Kelemen, Dan Fornari

Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM), Brest, France
Visiting CNRS Fellow (2002)

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Guest Scientist, Isotope and Nuclear Chemistry Group (1996-2005)
Graduate Research Associate, Isotope Geochemistry Group (1991-1995)
Graduate Research Associate, Environmental Chemistry Group (1987-1991)

University of California, Berkeley, California
Research Assistant, Berkeley Center for Isotope Geochemistry (1991-1995)
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology and Geophysics (1991-1994)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Research Assistant, Institute of Meteoritics (1987-1989)
Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology (1987-1989)

Awards and Fellowships

Mellon Independent Study Awards
,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1999; 2001; 2006; 2008)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1995-1997)
IGPP Graduate Study Grant, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics,
   University of California, Berkeley (1991-1995)
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley (1992)
Estwing Outstanding Senior, Colorado College (1986)
Getty Oil Fellowship, Colorado College (1984-1985)

Research Interests

Application of U-series disequilibria, radiogenic isotope geochemistry, major- and trace- element geochemistry and the principles of physics and chemistry to a variety of fundamental problems in Earth and planetary sciences, including: accretionary and core-formation history and processes in planets; the origin and evolution of the Earth’s mantle and continental crust; the generation and transport of basaltic magma; the development and evolution of volcanic systems; magma degassing; volcanic hazard assessment; radiometric methods for dating igneous and sedimentary rocks; geo-archeology; and, isotope hydrology.

Educational Activities

WHOI Classes and Seminars:
Solid Earth Geochemistry (2003, 2005)
Introduction to Isotope Chemistry (2003 - present)
Introduction to Marine Geology and Geophysics (2002 - present)
WHOI Geochemistry Seminar (1996 - 2003)

WHOI Students and Postdocs Advised/Supervised:
Chris Waters, Ph.D. Candidate, February, 2007
Lynne Elkins, Ph.D. Candidate, August, 2005
Evelyn Mervine, Second-year student, 2006
Sylvain Pichat, WHOI Postdoctoral Investigator, 2002-2003
Mathew Jull, WHOI Postdoctoral Investigator (1998-2002)

Christian Miller, Ph.D. Candidate (Thesis Advisor: Bernhard Puecker-Ehrenrink)
Matt Jackson, MIT/WHOI (Thesis Advisor: Stan Hart), Ph.D. 2007
Jeff Standish, MIT/WHOI (Thesis Advisor: Henry Dick), Ph.D. 2005
Alberto Saal, MIT/WHOI (Thesis Advisor: Stan Hart), Ph.D. 1998

WHOI Guest Students, Postdocs and Visiting Scientists:
Sylvain Pichat, école Normale Supériour de Lyon (Thesis Advisor: Francis Albarede), Ph.D. 2001
Ramananda Chakrabarti, University of Rochester, N.Y. (Thesis Advisor: Asish Basau), Ph.D. 2006
Sarah Aciego, University of California, Berkeley, (Thesis Advisor: Don DePaolo), Ph.D. 2006
Darren Tolstrup, University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D. Candidate (Thesis Advisor: Jim Gill)
Peter Kelly, New Mexico Institute of Technology (Thesis Advisor: Philip Kyle), M.Sc. 2006
Chris Wyatt, University of South Carolina, Ph.D. Candidate (Thesis Advisor: Gene Yogodzinski)
Elizabet Head, Michigan Tech University, Ph.D. Candidate (Thesis Advisor: Bill Rose, Simon Carn)
Frank Tepley, University of Illinois, Urbana, visiting Postdoctoral Investigator
Mark Reagan, University of Iowa, Associate Professor
Kari Cooper, University of California, Davis, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Garrison, University of Iowa, Margins Postdoctoral Fellow

Teaching Assistantships:
Theoretical Geochemistry, Igneous Petrology, Geodynamics (University of California, Berkeley)
Optical Mineralogy, Mineralogy/Crystallography (University of New Mexico)
Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry, Mineralogy/Crystallography, Intro to Geology (Colorado College)

Field Experience and Cruise Participation

Nyirangongo, Nyamuragira,
DR Congo (2007; January or June 2009)
Mt. Etna, Italy (2004; 2005; 2006; August 2009)
Stromboli, Italy (2006)
Vulcan Masaya, Nicaragua (2003; 2006)
9-10°N East Pacific Rise, RV Atlantis, with DSV Alvin (2001; 2004)
Hekla, Thjeistarykur, Krafla Iceland (1999; 2003)
Mt. Erebus, Antarctica (austral summers 1988-89; 1989-90; 1990-91; 1993-94; 1994-95; 2002-03)
Oman Ophiolite, Oman (1997; January 2009)
Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Mauna Kea and Haleakala, Hawaii (1992; 1993; 1997; 2008)
Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica (austral summers 1991-92; 1995-96)
NASA Erebus Robotics Development Study, Mt. Erebus, Antarctica (austral summer, 1992-93)
Jemez Volcanic Field, New Mexico (1986)

Invited Keynote and Plenary Talks

   (Titles listed in Presented Papers with Published Abstracts of Publications Section)

Keynote speaker, Goldschmidt, Cologne, Germany, 2007
Keynote speaker, International Conference on Evolution,
   Transfer and Releases of Magmas and Volcanic Gases, Academia Sincia, Taipei, 2007
Keynote speaker, International Association Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth's Interior,
   Guangzhou, China, 2006
Keynote speaker, Goldschmidt, Moscow Idaho, USA, 2005
Plenary Lecture, UCSC Keck Laboratory Dedication and Symposium on Isotope Analysis, 2004
Invited talk, Spring EGS/AGU/EUG, Nice, France, 2003
Keynote speaker, Goldschmidt, Davos, Switzerland, 2002
Keynote speaker, Goldschmidt, Oxford, UK, 2000
Invited AGU talks: 1995; 1996; 1999; 2006

Invited Department Colloquium Talks
Cambridge University, UK (November, 2008)
Oxford University, UK (November, 2008)
University of Iowa, IA (November, 2008)
Michigan Tech University (September 2008)
Boston University, MA (November, 2006)
Air Force Academy, CO (September, 2006)
Harvard University, MA (April, 1999; December, 2005)
Dartmouth College, NH (November, 2004)
Distinguish Lecturer, University of Wyoming, WY (April, 2003, September 2008)
University of Mainz, Germany (March, 2003)
University of Bristol, UK (October, 2001; November 2008)
Ecole Normale Superiour, Lyon, France (November, 1999; March, 2001)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA (April, 2001)
Colorado College, CO (September, 1996; October, 2001)
Brown University, RI (March, 1999)
University of Rochester, NY (March, 1999)
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Los Alamos, NM (March, 1998; 2002)
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie, Washington DC (October, 1997)
New Mexico Institute of Technology and Mining, NM (April, 1997)
University of Hawaii, HI (April, 1993; March, 1997)
University of Maine, ME (November, 1996)
University of Rhode Island, RI (October, 1996)
University of Florida, FL (April, 1996)
Florida State University, FL (April, 1996)
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, HI (April, 1993)
University of Arizona, AZ (February, 1993)

Professional Activities

WHOI Radiation Safety Committee (2004-present)
WHOI Geology and Geophysics Safety Committee (2002-present)
WHOI ICPMS/PIMMS Oversight Committee (2001-present)
Convecting Mantle Symposium, Goldschmidt Intern. Program Committee, Melbourne, AUS, 2006
Session Organizer and Convener, Goldschmidt 2006,
   "Integrated Studies of MORB Petrogenesis: Sources, Melting Processes, and Timescales."
Participant RIDGE Y2K Implementation Plan Workshop, Albuquerque, NM, 2002
Invited Discussion Leader RIDGE Y2K Educational Workshop, Long Beach, CA, 2002
Session Chair, Fall AGU, 1997 "Volcanology II: Timing of Magmatic Processes."
Session Organizer and Convener, Goldschmidt 1999,
   "Mantle Melting: Sources, Timescales, Melt Migration and Melt-solid Interaction."
Session Chair, MELT Workshop, 1996

Professional Affiliations

IAVCEI, Life Member (2007-present)
Geological Society of America, Member (2005-present)
American Geophysical Union, Life Member (1994-present)

Community Service

Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Member of the Board of Directors (1996-present)
Ritt Kellogg Memorial Fund, Colorado College, Advisory Committee (1999- present; Chair, 2000-2007)
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands, Member of the Board of Directors (1996-2001)

Public Outreach, Education, and Service

Featured scientist in children’s book “Lava Scientists: Careers on the Edge of Volcanoes.” Enslow Publishers Inc., 2009 (author Sara Latta)
New Scientist, July 2008, "Into the Mouth of Hell."
Oceanus, Fall, 2006, Into the "Mouth of Hell": A journey into the crater of an active volcano
Popular Mechanics, SA, November, 2006, Into the "Mouth of Hell"
National Geographic Magazine, October, 2004, Sniffing for Clues to the Dinosaurs' Demise
Miracle Continent Antarctica: Mt Erebus, Initially Broadcast on NHK Public Television, Japan, 2001

Elementary, Middle and High School Lectures on Volcanology and Geology
Berkeley High School and Oakland Regional Science Fair Judge
Falmouth Schools Science Fair Judge

Corporate Affiliations

Opticad Corporation, Owner, 2008-present
Opticad Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors (1990-present)

Last updated: November 21, 2008

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