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Dante Lauretta


Associate Professor, Cosmochemistry and Planet Formation
Ph.D., 1997, Washington University

Department of Planetary Sciences
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
University of Arizona
Tucson
AZ 85721-0092
United States

Tel: +1 520 626 1138

Email: lauretta at lpl.arizona.edu

Lauretta Profile at LPL


Research Interests

  • Chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets as determined by chemical models of planet formation, in situ laboratory analysis and spacecraft observations.

  • Experimental reproduction of mineral assemblages that occur in planetary materials.


Chronology of Education

  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
    Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
    Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 1997.
    Thesis: Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Fe-Ni-S, Be, and B Cosmochemistry.
    Advisor: Bruce Fegley, Jr.

  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    Depts. of Physics, Mathematics, and East Asian Studies
    B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Cum Laude, 1993
    B.A. in Oriental Studies (emphasis: Japanese), Cum Laude, 1993


Chronology of Employment

  • Associate Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Dept. of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; 2006 present.
  • Assistant Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Dept. of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; 2001 2006.
  • Associate Research Scientist, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; 1999 2001.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Geology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
    Primary project: Transmission electron microscopy of meteoritic minerals.
    Supervisor: Peter R. Buseck; Dates: 1997 1999.
  • Research Assistant, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO
    Primary project: Experimental studies of sulfide formation in the solar nebula.
    Advisor: Bruce Fegley, Jr.; Dates: 1993 1997.
  • Research Intern, NASA Undergraduate Research Program, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    Primary project: Development of a logic-based language for S.E.T.I.
    Advisor: Carl Devito; Dates: 1992 1993.


Honors and Awards

  • Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America (2010)
  • Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2008)
  • Award of Excellence Top 10 Oral Presentation AAPG Annual Convention (2008)
  • UA College of Science Distinguished Early Career Teaching Award (2006)
  • Top 100 Science Discoveries Discover Magazine (2004)
  • The Alfred O. Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society (2002)
  • Asteroid 5819 named Lauretta (2002)
  • Stephen E. Dwornik Planetary Geoscience Award (1997)
  • Harvey H. Nininger Meteorite Award (1996)
  • Meteoritical Society Student Travel Grant (1994, 1996)
  • McDonnell Fellowship for the Space Sciences (1993-95)
  • NASA Undergraduate Research Space Grant (1992-93)
  • Silver Prize, Southwest Regional Japanese Essay Contest (1992)
  • Arizona Regents' Presidential Scholarship (1988-91)


Teaching and Education

  • CURRENT STAFF SCIENTISTS
    Alex Andronikov (ICP-MS Lab Manager)
    Dolores Hill (Meteorite Collection Manager)

  • CURRENT POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
    Jemma Davidson (Ph.D. 2009 Open University)

  • CURRENT PH.D. STUDENTS
    Eve Berger (PTYS Ph.D.)
    Kathryn Gardner-Vandy (PTYS Ph.D.)
    Devin Schrader (PTYS Ph.D.)

  • FORMER POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
    Eric Palmer (2009-2010)

  • FORMER PH.D. STUDENTS
    Fred Ciesla (Ph.D. 2003)
    Matthew Pasek (Ph.D. 2006)
    Jade Bond (Ph.D. 2008)
    Eric Palmer (Ph.D. 2009)

  • FORMER M.S. STUDENTS
    Celinda Marsh (M.S. 2007)

  • UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INTERNS
    Rachel Maxwell (2010 present)
    Jennifer Sierchio (2010 present)
    Lujhendra Ohja (2009 present)
    Courtney King (2008 present)
    Katrina Jackson (2008 present)
    Daniella Della-Giustina (2004 2009)
    Adria Brooks (2006 2008)
    Matthew Rodriguez (2006 2007)
    Devin Schrader (2005 2007)
    Alyssa La Blue (2003 2005)
    Virginia Smith (2003 2004)
    Frances McQueen (2002 2003)


Publications

See the publications page.