Steven L. Goldstein

Interim Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Higgins Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

Columbia Climate School

Comer 213
61 Route 9W
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Palisades, NY 10964


Professor Steven L. Goldstein is Higgins Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. In addition to his teaching, Professor Goldstein is also one of the leaders of the Isotope Geochemistry Lab at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research utilizes the products of natural radioactive decay to determine the timing of events and as tracers of Earth processes. Routinely used isotopic approaches include Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Th-U-Pb, Lu-Hf, radiocarbon, and intermediate products of U-decay. These tools can be applied across the geosciences and across geological time, and Professor Goldstein’s research has addressed a wide range of topics ranging from the early history of the Earth to recent climate change. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers. Professor Goldstein is a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Norman L. Bowen Award “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the fields of volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology,” and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geochemical Society/European Association of Geochemistry. He is also a recipient of Columbia’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. He especially appreciates two awards: the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate Student Committee of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1996, Professor Goldstein was Staff Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie in Mainz Germany, in the Geochemistry Division. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1986, his M.A. from Harvard in 1978, and his B.A. from Columbia College in 1976.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
Geochemical Analysis of Ancient Salt Deposits from the Dead Sea and its Climate and Hydrology During Warmer Periods in the Past 200,000 Years 9/1/16 8/31/18
A Critical Test of the Nd Paleocirculation Proxy 9/1/13 8/31/15
A Study of Atmospheric Dust in the WAIS Divide Ice Core Based on Sr-Nd-Pb-He Isotopes 6/8/11 7/31/17
Collaborative Research: Arctic GEOTRACES - Nd isotopes and REEs in the Arctic 3/15/15 2/28/19
Collaborative Research: Examining Linkages Between the Agulhas Leakage and Ocean Overturning in the Last Glacial Cycle and through the Mid-Pleistocene Transition 9/1/18 8/31/22
Collaborative Research: Focused Study of Aleutian Plutons and their Host Rocks: Understanding the building blocks of continental crust 4/15/15 3/31/18
Collaborative Research: GEOTRACES Pacifice Section: Nd isotopes and REEs in the South Pacific 1/1/13 12/31/13
Collaborative Research: Plutons as Ingredients for Continental Crust: Pilot Study of the Differences between intermediate plutons and lavas in the intra-oceanic Aleutian arc 2/15/12 7/31/14
Collaborative Research: U.S. GEOTRACES North Atlantic Section - Nd Isotope Distribution: Sources, Sinks, and Internal Cycling 3/1/10 2/28/13
Collaborative Research: US GEOTRACES Pacific Meridional Transect: Sources and Sinks of Neodymium Isotopes and Rare Earth Elements 11/1/17 10/31/20
Constraints on the Composition of Subducting Oceanic Crust in the Northwest Pacific Ocean Basin 7/1/10 6/30/16
Deciphering Antarctic Intermediate Water Variability During the Pliocene 12/22/15 6/21/16
Fibrous diamonds through time-insights into mantle fluids and metasomatism 1/1/15 12/31/17
Late Quaternary Variability of the Agulhas Thermohaline Valve from Nd Isotopes in Planktonic Foraminifera 9/1/10 8/31/14
Patagonia Glaciation, Geochemical Tracers of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, and Iron Fertilization of the Glacial South Atlantic Ocean 9/1/08 8/31/13
Provenance of the Marlboro Clay, a unique formation deposited during the PETM in eastern North America 6/1/16 5/31/17
Testing the Fidelity of Neodymium Isotopes as a Paleocirculation Tracer in the Southeast Indian-Sout 9/1/17 12/31/17
The Dead Sea deep drill core as the longest paleo-environmental archive of the late Quaternary Levant 10/1/11 9/30/16
The Systematics of Helium in Diamond-forming Metasomatic Mantle Fluids 7/15/17 6/30/19
Thermohaline Circulation and Deep Ocean Carbonate Chemistry across the Mid-Pieistocene Transition 9/1/14 8/31/17
Cycles of Drought and Floods during Past Interglacials in the East Mediterranean-Levant 10/1/21 9/30/22
Insolation Gradients and Eastern Mediterranean Aridity: Impacts on Winter Storms and Implications for Climate Projections 9/1/23 8/31/26


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