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GL Alumnus James Scott Dies

James H. Scott, a former Associate Staff Member at the Geophysical Laboratory, died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire on 11 January. He was 48 years old.

An Assistant Professor of Geobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College since 2006, James was an international leader in understanding how the interactions between microorganisms and the environment have shaped the evolution of the Earth, and how these interactions leave a measureable imprint on the geochemistry of the planet. He shed light on microbial capacity to withstand different levels of and extreme changes in pressure. James was also co-investigator on an upcoming NASA mission to Mars that will search for compounds forming the building blocks of life, scheduled to fly next year.

His friends and colleagues at the Geophysical Laboratory will miss him dearly.

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