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Dr. John Goodge

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in MN
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth
Disciplines/Techniques: Electron Microscopy, Field Work, Geology, Mineralogy, Optical Microscopy, Petrology, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy, Tectonics
Mission Roles: Instrument Co-Investigator
Instruments: Electron Microprobe

Research Interests

Continental tectonics, metamorphic petrology, structural geology, isotope geochemistry and thermochronology. Continental growth during convergent-margin and collisional orogenesis. Active research in the Transantarctic Mountains of Antarctica, and the subglacial geology of East Antarctica.

John has published widely in the fields of geology, tectonics, petrology, and geochronology, particularly in areas of the North American Cordillera and Antarctica. Over the course of 15 research expeditions to 'the ice', he has made fundamental contributions to the geology of Antarctica, including evolution of its Precambrian shield and tectonic development of the Transantarctic Mountains. Goodge Col, near the summit of Mt. Vinson, the highest point in Antarctica, is named in recognition of his contributions to Antarctic geology. John is co-lead investigator of the Rapid Access Ice Drill (, a new research drilling platform. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a past editor of Lithosphere and associate editor of Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

Professional History

Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, Senior Scientist, 2022-present.

University of Minnesota, Duluth, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences; Associate Professor, 2002-2004; Professor, 2004-present.

Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences, Canberra; School Visitor, 2000-2015.

Southern Methodist University, Department of Geological Sciences; Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate, 1987-1994; Assistant Professor, 1994-1998; Associate Professor, 1998-2002.

U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park; Geologist, 1982-83.

U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park; Geologic Field Assistant, 1980-81.

Indiana University, Department of Geology; Associate Instructor (summer Field Geology course, northern Rocky Mountains), 1980.

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Minnesota Center for Educational Innovation, 2019

Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research, UMD, 2013-14

Exceptional Reviewer, Geological Society of America, 2008

Fellow of the Geological Society of America, 2005

Mortar Board Teaching Award, SMU, 1998

Golden Mustang Award for Teaching and Scholarship, SMU, 1997

Congressional Antarctic Service Medal, 1986

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