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Jay Ague

Professor of Geology and Geophysics
Geology and Geophysics

Ague_jay_updated_2018 Jay Ague is the Henry Barnard Davis Memorial Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Curator-in-Charge of Mineralogy and Meteoritics at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. His studies of the metamorphic and igneous rocks that comprise the deep roots of mountain belts have implications for earthquake hazards, volcanism, economic mineral deposits, and global carbon and climate cycles. 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 undergraduate curriculum for the Department of Geology and Geophysics, which takes an integrative approach to understanding Earth, the environment, resource sustainability, and life on a regional and planetary scale. He is heavily involved in public outreach through his work at the Yale Peabody Museum.

Professor Ague has published widely in scientific journals, co-authored a popular textbook on rock formation, was the Senior Editor of the
American Journal of Science from 1998-2008, has given numerous invited presentations, distinguished lectures, and keynote speeches at international geological forums, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of American and the Mineralogical Society of America. He has served as a mentor for more than 35 students and postdoctoral associates. He was the Chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics from 2012 to 2018, and the Acting Director of the Peabody Museum in 2008.

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