Lisabeth and Townsend Receive 2017 Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award

Harrison Lisabeth and Joshua Townsend will receive the 2017 Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. This award is given annually to “one or more promising young scientists for outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. research.” Recipients of this award are “engaged in experimental and/or theoretical studies of Earth and planetary materials with the purpose of unraveling the physics and chemistry that govern their origin and physical properties.”


Harrison Lisabeth received his A.B. in geological sciences from Brown University in 2010 and a Ph.D. in geology under the supervision of Wenlu Zhu at the University of Maryland in College Park in 2016. He is currently working at Stanford University as a postdoctoral researcher with the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage under the mentorship of Mark Zoback and Sally Benson. His research interests include the interaction of chemical and physical stresses in deforming materials, the intersection of rock mechanics and petrology, and science communication.


Joshua Townsend received his B.S. in geology from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in 2010. He completed his Ph.D. in Earth and planetary sciences from Northwestern University in 2016 under the supervision of Steven Jacobsen and Craig Bina. Joshua is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the High Energy Density Physics Theory department at Sandia National Laboratories. His research interests include computational mineral physics and thermodynamics.