Sarah P. Slotznick





I am a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley.  I received my PhD from the California Institute of Technology in June 2016.


My current research interests are interdisciplinary, but are focused on utilizing magnetic techniques to address questions in Earth History especially those pertaining to life.  Within the field of magnetics, my work has spanned several sub-disciplines and techniques from deep-time environmental magnetism, paleomagnetism addressing both tectonic and true polar motions, magnetostratigraphy, magnetic susceptibility cyclostratigraphy, and fundamental rock magnetics. I have additionally incorporated microscale textural methods of optical microscopy, electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), electron probe microanalysis, synchrotron-based x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), and secondary iron mass spectrometry (SIMS) for both trace metals and isotopes into my research.   Although I perform laboratory-based measurements, detailed fieldwork and sample collections are vital to my research.  My research spans multiple time periods from the Modern to the Archean, with a deep interest in the understanding the environmental conditions of the early Earth before and after the rise of oxygen.