Miriam Kastner

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Miriam Kastner (born January 22, 1935)[1] is an American oceanographer and geochemist. She is Distinguished Professor at the University of California at San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Early life and education[edit]

Kastner was born in Bratislava, then part of Czechoslovakia.[1] She gained her M.Sc. in Geology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1964 followed by a Ph.D.from Harvard University in 1970.[1][2][3]

Research career[edit]

In 1972, while a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago,[2][3] Kastner was approached by Scripps and asked to apply for an upcoming position as an Assistant Professor;[1] she has been at Scripps ever since.

Kastner's research expertise is in marine geochemistry; early research focused on the origin of authigenic feldspars and of zeolites in oceanic sediments, the diagenetic transformations of opal-A and the control of dolomite formation.[2][3] She also did important work on strontium distribution and on phosphate deposits.[3] Her interests include fluid transport in the oceanic lithosphere, marine gas hydrates at convergent margins, chemical paleoceanography and the mineralogy and genesis of hydrothermal marine deposits.[2][3][4]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Harkewicz, Laura (23 May 2006). "Oral History of Miriam Kastner" (PDF). University of California. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Miriam Kastner Abbreviated CV" (PDF). Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Elderfield, Henry. "2008 Maurice Ewing Medal Winner - Miriam Kastner". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  4. ^ Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "Miriam Kastner". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  5. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. "Miriam Kastner". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  6. ^ American Chemical Society. "The Charles R. Bennett Service Through Chemistry Award". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  7. ^ American Association for the Advancement of Science. "Fellows". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  8. ^ American Geophysical Union. "Miriam Kastner". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  9. ^ Geochemical Society. "Geochemical Fellows". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  10. ^ The Geological Society of America. "All Active and Current GSA Fellows". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  11. ^ "IAGC Awards for 2010" (PDF). Newsletter of the International Association of GeoChemistry. June 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  12. ^ Society for Sedimentary Geology. "SEPM Awards". Retrieved 2013-11-16.