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Laura Wasylenki became Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2010. She was previously Assistant Research Scientist in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She received a B.S. from Stanford University in 1992 in Geology and Symbolic Systems (artificial intelligence) and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology in 1995 and 1999. She was on the faculty of Hartwick College from 1999 to 2002 and a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech from 2002 to 2004.
Formerly an igneous petrologist and then a specialist in calcite crystal growth and biomineralization, Wasylenki now focuses on the use of metal stable isotope geochemistry to address a range of geological, environmental, and biological questions. Many of her recent and current projects have investigated metal isotope effects at solid-fluid interfaces, in particular during metal adsorption to oxyhydroxide mineral particles. This work has implications for ancient and modern geochemical cycles and environmental metal transport.