Lisa Tauxe

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Lisa Tauxe
Alma mater
AwardsBenjamin Franklin Medal (2014)
Scientific career
  • earth's geomagnetic field
  • paleomagnetic data analysis
  • paleointensity
  • archeomagnetism
InstitutionsScripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Lisa Tauxe is a geophysicist, professor and former department chair at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Tauxe is a researcher and international authority on the behavior of the ancient geomagnetic field and applications of paleomagnetism to geological problems.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Tauxe's contributions include the study of remnant magnetism in geological and archaeological materials, as well as co-founding a collaborative data system for compiling and sharing geological magnetic data from around the globe, the Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC).[1][2] To facilitate paleomagnetic measurements, Tauxe oversaw the creation in 1984 of potentially the world's largest demagnetized space in San Diego.[3][4] Tauxe is the leader in research that estimates when the earth's magnetic poles will reverse. Because technology and electrical grids depend on the Earth's magnetic field to protect it from the sun's magnetic storms, Prof. Tauxe's work has global significance. She pioneered paleointensity analysis of undersea basaltic glasses and copper slag residues found in archaeological sites, fundamentally changing the process of collecting magnetic field data and the volume of data available to study.[2]

Prof. Tauxe graduated from Columbia University with a Ph.D. in 1983.[2]

In 2014, Prof. Tauxe was awarded the prestigious Ben Franklin Medal for Earth and Environmental Science "[f]or the development of observational techniques and theoretical models providing an improved understanding of the behavior of, and variations in intensity of, the Earth's magnetic field through geologic time."[2][5] As of 2014, Tauxe was the general secretary of the American Geophysical Union.[2]

Prof. Tauxe has authored two textbooks,[2] over 150 academic papers,[6] including 44 in AGU journals.

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Tauxe has a brother, Dr. Robert Tauxe, who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[14]


  1. ^ "Magnetic Information Consortium (MagIC)".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Lisa Tauxe". The Franklin Institute Awards. The Franklin Institute. April 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Special room cancels earth's magnetic field". The Advocate. Newark, Ohio. Copley News Service. 15 July 1984. p. 6A. Retrieved 6 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra).
  4. ^ "'Magical' lab blocks out magnetic field for fossil dating". Sunday News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. Associated Press. 29 July 1984. Retrieved 6 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra).
  5. ^ Avril, Tom (3 November 2013). "Franklin Institute awards to honor nine". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A2. Retrieved 6 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra).
  6. ^ "Lisa Tauxe Publications". Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
  7. ^ "Lisa Tauxe". Leadership. American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Tauxe". Honors Program. American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Lisa Tauxe". Member Directory. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Three UC San Diego Professors Scripps Oceanography's Farooq Azam and Lisa Tauxe become new members of prestigious society". Scripps News (Press release). Mario Aguilera, media contact. Scripps Institute of Oceanography. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ "T" (PDF). Book of Members. Cambridge, Massachusetts: American Academy of Arts & Sciences. p. 590.
  12. ^ Kent, Dennis. "Lisa Tauxe: 2014 Day Medal". GSA Honors and Awards. Geological Society of America. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  13. ^ Kent, Dennis. "2003 George P. Wollard Award, GSA Medals & Awards". The Geological Society of America.
  14. ^ Marchione, Marilynn (6 February 2005). "Exotic Trips, Exotic Risks". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay, Wisconsin. Associated Press. pp. D12, D10. Retrieved 6 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra). Part 2 of article.

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