Alan Mix

Distinguished Professor Emerit of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Office: 541-740-9626

Burt Hall

Burt Hall 358

2651 SW Orchard Avenue

2651 SW Orchard Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Brief Research Interests: 

Paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, micropaleontology, isotope geochemistry


Current Research

Climate and Environmental Change -- paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, micropaleontology, geochemistry, sedimentology, stratigraphy

Director, OSU CEOAS Stable Isotope Laboratory


Ph.D., Geology, Columbia University (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) New York, NY -- 1986.

M.S., Geology, Columbia University (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) New York, NY -- 1980.

B.S., Geology (cum laude), University of Washington, Seattle, WA -- 1978.


2023-present  Distinguished Professor Emerit, Earth, Ocean, & Atmos. Sciences, CEOAS, OSU, Corvallis, OR

2017-2023  Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, & Atmos. Sciences, CEOAS, OSU, Corvallis, OR

2017-2018  President of The Oceanography Society (2015-2016 President Elect; 2019-2020 Past President)

2017  Visiting Professor, Univ. Bern and FutureEarth/PAGES, Bern, Switzerland

2009  Visiting Professor, MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany  

2001-2004  Associate Dean, COAS - College of Oceanic & Atmos. Sci., OSU, Corvallis

1995-2017 Full Professor, CEOAS - College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU, Corvallis

1992-1993  Visiting Scientist:  NOAA Geophys. Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sci. Program, Princeton University, NJ

1989-1995  Assoc. Professor, COAS - College of Oceanic & Atmos. Sci., OSU, Corvallis

1986-present  Founding Director, OSU/CEOAS Stable Isotope Laboratory

1986-2005  Director, OSU Marine Geology Repository (Core Laboratory)

1984-1989  Assistant Professor, College of Oceanography, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis

Graduate Students

9 MS students – Leigh Welling, Jim Watkins, David Lund, Melissa Feldberg, Ann Morey, Matthew Wolhowe, Jesse Muratli, John Hornung, Grace Meyer (in progress)

11 PhD students – Joseph Ortiz, Sara Harris, Brian Haley, Heather Benway, Cristina Lopes, Vasilis Ersek, Maureen Davies, Summer Praetorius, Jianghui Du, Anna Glueder (in progress), Jonas Donnenfield (in progress)

36 graduate student committees

34 undergraduate advisees in research experiences

Honors and Awards

1982 ARCO Fellow

2000 OSU/COAS - June Pattullo Award for Excellence in Teaching

2002-2003 JOI/USSAC Distinguished Lecturer (Historically Black Colleges)

2005, 2006 State of Oregon Commendations for Contributions to Lifelong Learning (Confederated Tribes of the Siletz)

2010 Chapman Lectureship, Univ. Alaska Fairbanks            

2013 Fellow, American Geophysical Union            

2015 Emiliani Lecturer, American Geophysical Union            

2017 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2019 Research Fellow, The Explorers Club, New York

2020 Fellow, The Oceanography Society

2021 Kirk Bryan Award, Geological Society of America

2021 Fellow, FutureEarth/PAGES (Past Global Changes)

Seagoing Expeditions

Apr 1983 Participant:  Cruise RC2407, R/V ROBERT CONRAD.  Abidjan, Ivory Coast          

Sep 1987 Co-Chief Scientist:  Cruise W8709A, R/V WECOMA.  Newport, OR 

Sep 1989 Co-Principal Investigator:  Cruise VENTURE-1, R/V T. WASHINGTON, San Diego, CA to Manzanillo, Mexico

May-Jul 1991 Co-Proponent and shipboard sedimentologist:  Cruise LEG 138, D/V JOIDES RESOLUTION, Panama to San Diego, CA.        

Aug 1991 Field Test of Coring facilities, R/V THOMAS THOMPSON, Caribbean Sea and Eastern tropical Pacific 

Jun 1994 Co-Principal investigator, Cruise W9406A, R/V Wecoma, Newport OR          

May 1995 Co-chief Scientist, Cruise EW9504A, R/V M. EWING. San Diego-to-Eureka, CA      

Feb-Apr 1997 Chief Scientist, Genesis Expedition, Leg 3, R/V Roger Revelle.  Punta Arenas Chile to Callao, Peru        

Apr 2000 Co- Principal investigator, R/V Thompson, PROD test cruise, Puget Sound, WA

May-Jun 2000 Co-Chief Scientist, NEMO Expedition, Leg 3, R/V Melville.  Manzanillo Mexico to Puntarenas, Costa Rica 

Apr-Jun 2002 Co-Chief Scientist, ODP Leg 202, JOIDES Resolution, Valaparaiso Chile to Balboa Panama

Aug-Sep 2004 Chief Scientist, EW0408 Expedition, R/V EWING, Newport OR to Kodiak, AK

Jul-Sep 2009 Stratigraphic Correlator, IODP Expedition 323, D/V JOIDES Resolution, Victoria BC to Yokohama, Japan

Mar 2010 Chief Scientist, EL1004 Cruise, R/V Elakha, Newport Oregon         

Aug 2010 Chief Scientist, EL1008 Cruise, R/V Elakha, Newport Oregon       

Nov 2010 Shipboard Sedimentonlogist.  SO211 CHIMEBO DrillingExpedition, R/V Sonne,  Valparaiso, Chile       

Mar 2011 Chief Scientist, W1103A, R/V Wecoma, Newport Oregon

Jun-Jul 2013 Proponent & Stratigraphic Correlator, IODP Expedition 341, D/V JOIDES Resolution, Victoria BC to Valdez, Alaska

Jul-Sep 2015 Chief Scientist, OD1507, Icebreaker Oden, Petermann Glacier Expedition, Thule Greenland

Aug-Sep 2019, Ryder19 Expedition, Icebreaker Oden, Thule Greenland

Jul 2020, Cascadia H.O.P.S. Expedition, R/V Oceanus, Newport Oregon


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