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Kurt Sternlof, Ph.D.
ESI Executive Director

Kurt Sternlof brings a wealth of varied experience to his role as Executive Director of the Earth System Initiative at MIT, and is a key contributor to the Global Environment Initiative that will soon supplant it. In addition to his research expertise in structural geology and geomechanics, Kurt has worked extensively in the private sector as a hydrogeologist, as a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey (notably on Yucca Mountain), as a science journalist for The Tampa Tribune and Oregonian newspapers, and as senior science writer for the Columbia University Earth Institute. He is personally and professionally dedicated to the philosophy that honest science must inform how we choose to live on Earth—for our own good—and that effective communication across human boundaries is critical to this effort.

Besides having published research papers in a wide range of scientific journals—including Water Resources Research, Journal of Geophysical Research, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Geophysical Research Letters, Geosciences Journal, Acta Geotechnica and Tectonics—Kurt has authored hundreds of newspaper and other popular articles on topics ranging from mercury contaminated fish to cold fusion to seismic hazards, geothermal energy and the tree-ring dating of volcanic catastrophes. He holds degrees in earth science from Yale (B.S.), MIT (S.M.) and Stanford (Ph.D.).


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