Curriculum Vitae

Anat Shahar

Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington

5251 Broad Branch Rd., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20015



University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Ph.D. in Geochemistry, 2008.

Thesis: Non-Traditional Stable Isotope Fractionation Mechanisms: From Dust to Planets

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Master of Engineering in Geological Sciences, 2003.

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering, 2002.


Stable isotope fractionation mechanisms; Planetary differentiation; Early solar system evolution; Experimental determination of fractionation factors; High-pressure and temperature experiments; Laser ablation and MC-ICPMS techniques.


Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington DC

Summer 2009 – Present. Staff Scientist.

University of Maryland, Department of Geology, Maryland

Winter 2012 – Present. Adjunct Assistant Professor.

CIDER Summer Program, Santa Barbara, California

Summer 2014, 2016. Invited Lecturer and Senior Participant.

Stanford University, School of Earth Sciences, Palo Alto, CA

December 2012 – April 2013. Visiting Professor.

Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington DC

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009. Postdoctoral Fellow.

Department of Earth and Space Sciences, UCLA, California

Winter 2004 – 2008. Graduate Research Assistant.

CIDER Summer Program, Santa Barbara, California

Summer 2004. Student.

Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Washington D.C.

Summer 2002. Intern.


Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America, 2016

MSA Award, Mineralogical Society of America, 2016

F.W. Clarke Medalist, Geochemical Society, 2015

Blaustein Fellowship, Stanford University, 2012

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 2008

Nininger Award, Arizona State University, 2007

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA, 2007

Goldschmidt Travel Grant for Travel to Germany, Geochemical Society, 2007

Chair’s Fund to attend Gordon Research Conference, NASA, 2007

Outstanding Student Presentation Award, VGP section of AGU, 2006

Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA, 2005 and 2006

Goldschmidt Travel Grant for Travel to Australia, NSF and GS, 2006

Cross-Training Fellowship, UCLA, 2005

Raisler’s M. Eng. Fellowship, Cornell University, 2003

Henry G. White Scholarship, Cornell University, 2002

Mineralogical Society of America Undergraduate Award, 2002


*Student and postdoctoral advisees italicized

Elardo, S.M. and A. Shahar (2017) Non-Chondritic Iron Isotope Ratios in Planetary Mantles as a Result of Core Formation, Nature Geoscience, 10, 317-321, (and the cover).

Shahar, A., P. Savage and F. Moynier (2017) Stable Isotope Evidence for the Differentiation of Planetesimals, Chapter 12 in Planetesimals, Edited by L.T. Elkins-Tanton and B.P. Weiss Cambridge University Press.

Shahar, A., S. M. Elardo and C. A. Macris (2017) Equilibrium Fractionation of Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes: An Experimental Approach, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 82, 65-84.

Fei, Y., C. Murphy, Y. Shibazaki, A. Shahar and H. Huang (2016) Thermal equation of stat of hcp-iron: Constraint on the density deficit of Earth’s solid inner core, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL069456.

Shahar, A., E. A. Schauble, R. Caracas, A. E. Gleason, M. M. Reagan, Y. Xiao, J. Shu and W. Mao (2016) Pressure-dependent Isotopic Composition of Iron Alloys, Science, 352, 580-582.

Labidi, J., A. Shahar, C. Le Losq, V. J. Hillgren, B. O. Mysen, Y. Fei and J. Farquhar (2016) Experimentally Determined Sulfur Isotope Fractionation between Metal and Silicate and Implications for Planetary Differentiation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 175, 181-194.

Liu, X. M., L. C. Kah, A. H. Knoll, H. Cui, A. J. Kaufman, A. Shahar, and R. M. Hazen, (2015) Tracing Earth’s O2 evolution using Zn/Fe ratios in marine carbonates, Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 2(0), 24–34.

Georg, R. B. and A. Shahar (2015) The accretion and differentiation of Earth under oxidizing conditions, American Mineralogist 100, 2739-2748.

Siebert, J. and A. Shahar (2015) An experimental geochemistry perspective on Earth’s core formation, in The Early Earth, AGU Monograph, Edited by J. Badro and M. J. Walter.

Young, E.D., C.E. Manning, E.A. Schauble, A. Shahar and C.A. Macris (2015) High- Temperature Equilibrium Fractionation of Non-Traditional, Stable Isotopes: Experiments, Theory and Applications, Chemical Geology 395, 176-195.

Shahar, A., J. Mesa-Garcia, L.A. Kaufman, V. J. Hillgren, M.F. Horan, and T.D. Mock (2015) Sulfur-controlled iron isotope fractionation experiments of core formation in planetary bodies, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 150, 253-264.

Wood, B., J. Li, and A. Shahar (2013) Carbon in the core: its influence on the properties of core and mantle, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 75, 231-250.

Deng, L., C. Seagle, Y. Fei, and A. Shahar (2013) High pressure and temperature electrical resistivity of iron and implications for planetary cores, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 33-37.

Deng, L., Y. Fei, X. Liu, Z. Gong, and A. Shahar (2013) Effect of carbon, sulfur and silicon on iron melting at high pressure: Implications for composition and evolution of the planetary terrestrial cores, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 114, 220-233.

Kavner, A., M. B. Weinberger, A. Shahar, R.W. Cumberland, J.B. Levine, R. B. Kaner and S.H. Tolbert (2012) Lattice strain of osmium diboride under high pressure and nonhydrostatic stress, Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 013526-013526-7.

Shahar, A., V. J. Hillgren, E. D. Young, Y. Fei, C. A. Macris, and L. Deng (2011) High-Temperature Si isotope fractionation between iron metal and silicate, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 7688-7697.

Rumble, D., E. D. Young, A. Shahar, and W. Guo (2011) Stable Isotope Cosmochemistry and the Evolution of Planetary Systems, Elements, 7, 23-28.

Shahar, A., K. Ziegler, E. D. Young, A. Ricolleau, E. A. Schauble, and Y. Fei (2009) Experimentally determined Si isotope fractionation between silicate and metal and implications for Earth’s core formation, EPSL, 288, 228-234.

Kavner, A., A. Shahar, J. Black, and E. D. Young (2009) Iron Isotope Electroplating: Diffusion-Limited Fractionation, Chemical Geology, 267, 131-138.

Hill, P. S., E. A. Schauble, A. Shahar, E. Tonui, and E. D. Young (2009) Experimental Studies of Equilibrium Iron Isotope Fractionation in Ferric Aquo-Chloro Complexes, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, 2366-2381.

Shahar, A., E. D. Young, and C. E. Manning (2008) Equilibrium high-temperature Fe isotope fractionation between Fayalite and Magnetite: an experimental approach, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 268, 330-338.

Shahar, A. and E. D. Young (2007) Astrophysics of CAI formation as revealed by silicon isotope LA-MC-ICPMS of an igneous CAI, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 257, 497-510.

Gounelle, M., E. D. Young, A. Shahar, E. Tonui, and A. Kearsley (2007) Magnesium isotopic constraints on the origin of CBb chondrites, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 256, 521-533.

Van Acker, M., A. Shahar, E. D. Young, and M. Coleman (2006) GC/Multiple Collector-ICPMS Method for Chlorine Stable Isotope Analysis of Chlorinated Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, Analytical Chemistry, 78, 4663-4667.

Shahar, A., W. A. Bassett, H. K. Mao, I. M. Chou, and W. Mao (2005) The stability and Raman spectra of ikaite, CaCO3∙6H2O, at high pressure and temperature, American Mineralogist, 90, 1835-1839.

Kavner, A., F. Bonet, A. Shahar, J. Simon, and E. Young (2005) The isotope effects of electron transfer: An explanation of Fe isotope fractionation in nature, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 69, 2971-2979.


“Si and Fe Isotope Geochemistry at High Pressure and Temperature,” P.I., NSF-EAR (Geochemistry and Petrology), 2010-2013.

“Unraveling the Temperature of Pallasite Formation: Insights from Fe Isotopes,” P.I., NASA-Cosmochemistry, 2013-2017.

“Exploring the Effects of Light Elements on the Iron Isotope Fractionation between Metal and Silicate,” P.I., NSF-EAR (Geochemistry and Petrology), 2013-2017.

“Acquisition of a Field Emission Electron Microprobe for Geological Analysis,” Co-P.I., NSF IF, 2014-2015.

“Determination of Equilibrium Iron Isotope Fractionation Factors at High Pressure,” P.I. – Collaborative Proposal with Wendy Mao NSF-CSEDI, 2015-2018.


MIT, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Lecture Series, April 2017

Kaplan Workshop, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, February 2017

Harvard University, Department of Earth and Planetary Science Colloquium, February 2017

Princeton University, Department of Geosciences Seminar, October 2016

University of California Los Angeles, Dept. of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Colloquium, April 2016

Carnegie Observatories Public Lecture Series, April 2016

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Chemical and Dynamical Constraints on the Formation and Evolution of the Terrestrial Planets, December 2015

Deep Carbon Observatory International Meeting, March 2015

Geological Society of America, Frontiers in Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes, October 2014

Goldschmidt Conference, Keynote: Stable Isotope Fractionation in the Deep Earth, June 2014

University of Maryland, Dept. of Geology Seminar, April 2014

University of Amsterdam, Earth Science Department, November 2013

Stanford University, GES Department Seminar, January 2013

Washington University, EPS Colloquium, February 2012

Penn State University, Geosciences Colloquium, April 2011

University of California Berkeley, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science Seminar, March 2011.

Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History, February 2011

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, invited talk in: Physical State of Planetary Cores, December 2010

Geological Society of Washington, October 2010

University of Maryland, Dept. of Geology Seminar, September 2009

Indiana University, Dept. of Geological Sciences Seminar, February 2009

Goldschmidt Conference, invited talk in: Partitioning among melts, metals and minerals in planetary systems, July 2008

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory Seminar, July 2008

Princeton University, Dept. of Geosciences Seminar, April 2008

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory Seminar, February 2008



Non-Traditional Stable Isotope Geochemistry, University of Maryland, Fall 2012

Oxidation State of the Mantle, Stanford University, Winter 2013


Neil Foley (Undergraduate intern, Summer 2009); Lori Kaufman (High School intern, Summer 2011); Juliana Mesa-Garcia (Undergraduate intern, January – July 2012); Laura Duke (High School intern, Summer 2013), Liwei Deng (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2012); Codi Lazar (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013); Sami Mikhail (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013); Xiaoming Liu (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2014); Jabrane Labidi (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015); Natalie Collina (High School intern, Winter 2014); Stephen Elardo (Postdoctoral Associate, 2014-2017); Corliss Kin I Sio (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2016); Daniel Eldridge (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2018).


Secretary, American Geophysical Union, VGP Section: 2017-2019

Instructor at Smithsonian Teacher’s Training Workshop: 2011, 2012

Judge: Howard University Middle School Science Fair, 2010

Co-author on article on Peer Mentorship entitled “In Person: Career GPS” in the March 16, 2012 issue of Science Careers

Convener: Sessions at 2009 AGU, 2010 Goldschmidt, 2011 Goldschmidt, 2011 AGU, 2016 Goldschmidt, Theme Chair Goldschmidt 2014

Referee: Science, Nature, GCA, EPSL, Chemical Geology, Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, NSF, NASA, European Journal of Mineralogy

Panelist: NSF, NASA

DCO 2020 Task Force


Mineralogical Society of America, Fellow

American Geophysical Union

Geological Society of America

Geochemical Society

Meteoritical Society