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Steven L. Goldstein, appointed Interim Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) as of  August 1, 2023, is the Higgins Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and a member of the LDEO Geochemistry Division. 

Professor Goldstein's research has addressed a wide range of topics from the early history of the Earth, to mantle and continent evolution, to recent climate change, and he has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers. 

Professor Goldstein is a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Norman L. Bowen Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields of volcanology, geochemistry, and petrology, and is a Fellow of the AGU and the Geochemical Society/European Association of Geochemistry. 

Professor Goldstein has been recognized for excellence in teaching across Columbia and received the 2022 Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. Professor Goldstein also served as the lead investigator of the first NSF award that funded participation of members of underrepresented groups and first-generation university students at the annual Goldschmidt Conference. 

Professor Goldstein's leadership positions have included Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Associate Director of the LDEO Geochemistry Division, and Director of the Division of Earth Sciences at NSF.