Stephen ("Steve") Mojzsis:
Racetrack Playa, Death Valley (CA) November, 2011

Department of Geological Sciences
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0399

office: (303) 492-5014
lab: (303) 735-5021
fax: (303) 492-2606
e-mail: mojzsis "AT" colorado "DOT" edu

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You may be wondering about my somewhat complicated Family Name, its origin, and how to pronounce it. For an explanation, please click here

Here is the Obituary of J. A. Gy. E. Mojzsis Mojsvari (a.k.a. Edmund V. Mojsisovics), born October 18, 1839. died October 2, 1907. click here

The research carried out in my group is field- and laboratory-based, and seeks to understand such things as:

(i) How the surface state stabilized after planetary formation, to the time of the establishment of a permanently-oxygenated atmosphere;
(ii) When habitats for early life could have developed and the geophysical regimes that permitted the origin and proliferation of biological systems;
(iii) How the geomicrobiology of contemporary microbial communities provides some insight into the nature of the dominant biome(s) on the young Earth;
(iv) What information is preserved through physical/chemical changes endemic to high-grade metamorphic terranes; and
(v) What these results from the ancient rock record might mean in terms of the very establishment of habitability for Earth-like planets.

As a geologist, I view Earth as an accessible laboratory that serves as the natural baseline in the test for models to be used in search for ancient biospheres on other ancient planetary surfaces.

Below, you will find information about me and the activities of my research group and collaborators.

For more information, please visit our laboratory website at

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION with year of completion

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Postdoctoral Scholar in Geochemistry & Geochronology 2000
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD) Ph.D. Earth Sciences 1997
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts MA Geology 1992
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts BA Geology 1988


2000-2014 Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
2011-2013 Professor of Geology & Geochemistry, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France
2010-(present) Affiliate, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), University of Colorado
2009-(present) Associate, Center for Lunar Origin and Evolution (CLOE), NASA Lunar Science Institute
2008-2009 Acting Director, Science Education Initiative node at the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
2007-(present) Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado
2007-2008 Visiting Research Professor, CNRS-CRPG, Nancy, France
1999-2000 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geochemistry, Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA
1998-2000 NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA
1997-1998 University of California President's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA
1998-2000 Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Pure & Applied Physical Sciences, UCSD
1995-1997 NSCORT Exobiology Graduate Research Fellow, UCSD
1993-1997 Research Assistant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
1992 NASA Planetary Biology Intern, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
1988-1992 Research Assistant, Boston University
1987 Summer Undergraduate Intern, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston


ASSETT Award of Excellence in Teaching, University of Colorado, 2014
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary), 2013-present
Fulbright Faculty Scholar (France), 2007-2008
Faculty Fellow, Council of Research and Creative Work, University of Colorado, 2007-2008
University of Colorado, Residence Life Teaching Award (Undergraduate Teaching Award), 2004
Fellow, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), University of California, 1998
Hickok-Radford Award for Geological Research in Polar Regions, Soc. Econ. Geologists, 1997
Geological Society of America, Graduate Research Award, 1996
Edward Frieman Director's Prize, Best Graduate Student Paper of 1996, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1997
Sigma Xi, San Diego Chapter Science Award, 1995
Boston University Graduate Award for Excellence in Geology, 1987



BIBLIOGRAPHY (1993-2011)

Geological Sciences | Graduate Program in Planetary Sciences | Univ. of Colorado at Boulder

modified Thursday October 20, 2011