Dr. Lars Hansen, a Class of 2000 graduate of Whittell High School, has recently accepted a position at Oxford University, England.
Hansen joined Oxford’s Earth Sciences Department on Oct. 1 as a University Lecturer in mineralogy and petrology. He has a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Minnesota, and most recently finished a yearlong postdoctoral research position at Stanford University, where he studied the Earth’s mantle and crust. His new appointment involves establishing a research lab at Oxford (the Rock Rheology Lab) to study how rocks deform at the atomic scale and what impact deformation has on the mantle’s flow and on tectonic plates. The lab makes rocks from minerals found in the Earth’s crust and then deforms them under high pressures and temperatures to simulate the inner Earth’s materials and movements.
This month, Hansen will be co-convening and presenting his research at two sessions of the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, which attracts more than 25,000 scientists from universities, governments, and private sectors worldwide.