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

    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

    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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