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Jay Ague

Professor of Geology and Geophysics
Geology and Geophysics

Ague_jay_updated_2018 Jay Ague is a Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University, and the Curator-in-Charge of Mineralogy at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He studies the metamorphic and igneous rocks that comprise the deep roots of mountain belts. Example research areas include earthquake hazards, volcanism, economic mineral deposits, and the global carbon cycle. He has led or participated in geological research expeditions to numerous places around the globe including British Columbia, California, Greece, New England, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Spitzbergen, and Washington State.

Professor Ague grew up in the Detroit area and earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wayne State University before moving out to California for his Ph.D. work at UC Berkeley. He joined Yale as an Assistant Professor in 1988. While at Yale, he designed the new undergraduate curriculum for the Department of Geology and Geophysics, which takes an integrative approach to understanding Earth, the environment, and life on a regional and planetary scale. He is heavily involved in public outreach through his work at the Yale Peabody Museum, including leading the development of the Museum’s new, multimedia Hall of Minerals, Earth, and Space (HoMES). He served as the Museum’s Acting Director in 2008.

Professor Ague has published over 125 scientific papers and presentations, co-authored a popular new textbook on rock formation, was the Senior Editor of the
American Journal of Science from 1998-2008, and has given numerous invited presentations, distinguished lectures, and keynote speeches at international geological forums. He has served as a mentor for 28 students and postdoctoral associates.

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Faculty Links

  > Jay Ague website

Upcoming programs with Jay Ague

  > Exploring Iceland - 08/05/2017 - 08/15/2017
  > Authentic Hawai'i - 01/30/2018 - 02/04/2018