Scott D. King
Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
I was inspired to study what happens inside planets in a course I took as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago taught by Frank Richter. I was a graduate student at the seismolab at Caltech, where I modeled subduction zones with Brad Hager. Then I moved to IGPP at Scripps Institution of Oceanography where I tested global seismic tomographic models by estimating how well they fit the geoid, working with Guy Masters. I’ve been really fortunate to work with many great people over the years on a variety of interesting problems.
I began my academic career working on problems related to Earth’s interior but because we learn a lot about Earth by studying other planets, I’ve branched out and published papers on Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Ceres. I am always looking for students who are interested in solving problems and I love sharing what I have learned with others. I’m available to give talks on a number of subjects to K-12 classes, universities, or community groups.