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Elizabeth Cottrell Appointed Director of the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program

Former Geophysical Laboratory Carnegie Fellow Elizabeth (Liz) Cottrell was appointed director of the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program on November 1, 2010. Liz was a postdoctoral fellow from 2005 to 2006 and is currently a visiting investigator at the Geophysical Laboratory. Liz is also currently the Curator/Research Geologist in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. 

Her research interests include geochemical evolution of the Earth through time including current oxidation state of the mantle and subduction zone volcanism and volatile cycling; along with the development and application of new experimental techniques to explore problems in solid earth geochemistry and dynamics (piston cylinder, multi-anvil, diamond anvil cell, XANES spectroscopy).

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