Rebecca A. Fischer

NSF postdoctoral fellow Smithsonian Institution and UC Santa Cruz
Email: fischerr at si.edu / rafische at ucsc.edu
Phone: (202) 633-1801

Research interests:

My research focuses on the formation and chemical evolution of the Earth, by investigating phase diagrams and equations of state of iron alloys, redox processes and partitioning at high pressures, and the chemistry of planetary accretion. Using diamond anvil cells and laser-heating to experimentally recreate the high pressures (up to >150 GPa) and high temperatures (several thousand K) of the Earth's deep interior, combined with numerical simulations of accretion and differentiation, I study the physical and chemical properties of core materials and the process of core formation.


Education:

Ph.D. 2015, University of Chicago (Geophysical Sciences)
B.A. 2009, Northwestern University (Earth and Planetary Sciences; Integrated Science)


Positions held:
July 2017– Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Planetary Sceinces, Harvard Univ.
2015– Postdoctoral Fellow National Museum of National History, Smithsonian Institution
and Univ. California Santa Cruz
2015– Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Planetary Sceinces, Harvard Univ.
2010–2015 Graduate Student Department of the Geophysical Sciences, Univ. Chicago
2009–2010 Graduate Student Department of Geology, Univ. Maryland
2008–2009 Laboratory Assistant Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern Univ.
2008 Laboratory Assistant Department of Geology, Univ. Maryland
2007 Summer Intern National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
and Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington


Honors:

July 2017– Clare Boothe Luce professorship, Henry Luce Foundation
2015–2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation
2015 Best Poster Award, COMPRES Annual Meeting
2014 Graduate Research Award, Mineral and Rock Physics, American Geophysical Union
2014–2015 American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women
2014 Takken Award, Association for Women Geoscientists
2013–2014 Plotnick Fellowship, University of Chicago
2013 Career Development Award, Lunar and Planetary Institute
2013–2014 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship, International Centre for Diffraction Data
2012–2013 Graduate Research Fellowship, Illinois Space Grant Consortium
2011 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Mineral and Rock Physics, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
2009–2012 Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
2009–2010 Flagship Fellowship, University of Maryland
2009 Seymour Schlanger Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishments and Potential, Northwestern University
2008–2009 Seager Fellowship in Geological Sciences, Northwestern University


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