Dr. Robert Alexander Emberson

Dr. Robert Alexander Emberson

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Additional Roles:
  • 301.614.5815
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 617
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    I'm a visiting scientist and postdoctoral researcher, and I'm thrilled to be working at Goddard exploring ways to quantify and communicate landslide risk to stakeholders around the world. I am working with Dr Dalia Kirschbaum and the Landslides Group here at Goddard, as well as collaborating researchers from a range of other institutions. 

    Positions/Employment

    8/2018 - Present

    NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

    USRA / NASA Postdoctoral Program, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    6/2018 - 8/2018

    Visiting Scientist

    USRA / GESTAR, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    1/2017 - 5/2017

    Locum Associate Editor, Nature Geoscience

    Springer Nature, London
    9/2012 - 6/2016

    Junior Researcher

    GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany

    Education

    Doctoral Studies 2012-2016: University of Potsdam, Germany / GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. 
    Ph.D in Geochemistry / Geomorphology; final grade: Summa cum Laude
    Thesis title: Chemical Weathering Driven By Bedrock Landslides
    Submission date: September 2016, Defended: December 5th 2016
    Advisors: Prof. Niels Hovius (GFZ / University of Potsdam), Prof. Albert Galy (CRPG-CNRS, France)

    MSci (Hons) 2011-2012: Geological Sciences, University of Cambridge, St John's College

    BA (Hons) 2008-2011: Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, St John's College. 

     

    Awards

    Michelson Preis: Awarded for best thesis, Science/Mathematics, University of Potsdam 2016/2017

    Publications

    Refereed

    Ward, P. J., V. Blauhut, N. Bloemendaal, et al. J. E. Daniell, M. C. de Ruiter, M. J. Duncan, R. Emberson, S. F. Jenkins, D. Kirschbaum, M. Kunz, S. Mohr, S. Muis, G. A. Riddell, A. Schäfer, T. Stanley, T. I. Veldkamp, and H. C. Winsemius. 2020. "Review article: Natural hazard risk assessments at the global scale." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 20 (4): 1069-1096 [10.5194/nhess-20-1069-2020]

    Emberson, R., A. Galy, and N. Hovius. 2018. "Weathering of Reactive Mineral Phases in Landslides Acts as a Source of Carbon Dioxide in Mountain Belts." Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 123 (10): 2695-2713 [10.1029/2018jf004672]

    Emberson, R., A. Galy, and N. Hovius. 2017. "Combined effect of carbonate and biotite dissolution in landslides biases silicate weathering proxies." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 213: 418-434 [10.1016/j.gca.2017.07.014]

    Emberson, R., N. Hovius, A. Galy, and O. Marc. 2016. "Oxidation of sulfides and rapid weathering in recent landslides." Earth Surface Dynamics, 4 (3): 727-742 [10.5194/esurf-4-727-2016]

    Emberson, R., N. Hovius, A. Galy, and O. Marc. 2015. "Chemical weathering in active mountain belts controlled by stochastic bedrock landsliding." Nature Geoscience, 9 (1): 42-45 [10.1038/ngeo2600]

    Burtin, A., N. Hovius, D. T. Milodowski, et al. Y.-G. Chen, Y.-M. Wu, C.-W. Lin, H. Chen, R. Emberson, and P.-L. Leu. 2013. "Continuous catchment-scale monitoring of geomorphic processes with a 2-D seismological array." Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 118 (3): 1956-1974 [10.1002/jgrf.20137]

    Brief Bio

    I'm a visiting scientist and postdoctoral researcher, and I'm thrilled to be working at Goddard exploring ways to quantify and communicate landslide risk to stakeholders around the world. I am working with Dr Dalia Kirschbaum and the Landslides Group here at Goddard, as well as collaborating researchers from a range of other institutions. 

    Publications

    Refereed

    Ward, P. J., V. Blauhut, N. Bloemendaal, et al. J. E. Daniell, M. C. de Ruiter, M. J. Duncan, R. Emberson, S. F. Jenkins, D. Kirschbaum, M. Kunz, S. Mohr, S. Muis, G. A. Riddell, A. Schäfer, T. Stanley, T. I. Veldkamp, and H. C. Winsemius. 2020. "Review article: Natural hazard risk assessments at the global scale." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 20 (4): 1069-1096 [10.5194/nhess-20-1069-2020]

    Emberson, R., A. Galy, and N. Hovius. 2018. "Weathering of Reactive Mineral Phases in Landslides Acts as a Source of Carbon Dioxide in Mountain Belts." Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 123 (10): 2695-2713 [10.1029/2018jf004672]

    Emberson, R., A. Galy, and N. Hovius. 2017. "Combined effect of carbonate and biotite dissolution in landslides biases silicate weathering proxies." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 213 418-434 [10.1016/j.gca.2017.07.014]

    Emberson, R., N. Hovius, A. Galy, and O. Marc. 2016. "Oxidation of sulfides and rapid weathering in recent landslides." Earth Surface Dynamics 4 (3): 727-742 [10.5194/esurf-4-727-2016]

    Emberson, R., N. Hovius, A. Galy, and O. Marc. 2015. "Chemical weathering in active mountain belts controlled by stochastic bedrock landsliding." Nature Geoscience 9 (1): 42-45 [10.1038/ngeo2600]

    Burtin, A., N. Hovius, D. T. Milodowski, et al. Y.-G. Chen, Y.-M. Wu, C.-W. Lin, H. Chen, R. Emberson, and P.-L. Leu. 2013. "Continuous catchment-scale monitoring of geomorphic processes with a 2-D seismological array." Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 118 (3): 1956-1974 [10.1002/jgrf.20137]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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