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Joseph Kirschvink

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Joseph Kirschvink
Alma materCaltech (BS, MS 1975)
Princeton University (MA 1978, PhD 1979)
Scientific career
ThesisI. A paleomagnetic approach to the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary problem. II. Biogenic magnetite: its role in the magnetization of sediments and as the basis of magnetic field detection in animals (1979)

Joseph L. Kirschvink (born 1953) is an American geologist and geophysicist. He is the Nico and Marilyn Van Wingen Professor of Geobiology at Caltech,[1] known for contributions to paleomagnetism[2] and biomagnetism[3] (discovery of the first magnetofossils) and the Snowball Earth hypothesis.[4] He is also Principal Investigator (PI) of Earth–Life Science Institute.


In 1988, Kirschvink was recognized as a "Rising Star" in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times.[5] In 2021, Caltech settled with the Department of the Interior to pay $25,465 for damages to petroglyph sites in Volcanic Tablelands after they were damaged by Dr. Kirschvink on Earth Day 2017.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Joseph Kirschvink". Planetary Society. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  2. ^ Ronald T. Merrill (2010). Our Magnetic Earth: The Science of Geomagnetism. University of Chicago Press. p. 210. ISBN 9780226520506.
  3. ^ William F. Horton and Saul Goldberg (1995). Power Frequency Magnetic Fields and Public Health. CRC Press. p. 19. ISBN 9780849394201.
  4. ^ Gabrielle Walker (2009). Snowball Earth: The Story of the Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It. A&C Black. ISBN 9781408807149.
  5. ^ "88 for 1988: Meet Southern California's Rising Stars". Los Angeles Times. 10 January 1988. Archived from the original on 19 October 2019.
  6. ^ Sahagún, Louis (19 July 2021). "Caltech says it regrets drilling holes in sacred Native American petroglyph site". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  7. ^ Coleman, Andre (21 July 2021). "Caltech Professor Apologizes For Damaging Native American Cultural Site". Pasadena Now. Retrieved 20 July 2021.