Faculty and Instructors
Patricia M. Dove
University Distinguished Professor and C.P. Miles Professor of Science
5109 Derring Hall
4044 Derring Hall (0420)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Ph.D., Geochemistry, Princeton University, 1991
Biogeochemistry of Earth Processes: bgep
Research in our interdisciplinary group of geoscientists, chemists, and biologists investigates the biogeochemistry of earth processes. We use experimental and theoretical methods to study mineral nucleation, growth and demineralization in a wide variety of systems. Most studies are based upon model systems that are designed to measure the thermodynamics and kinetics of mineral-water reactions and determine the interplay of factors that control the behavior that is observed in biological and geological systems.
Much of their work is directed at experimental and theoretical studies of biomineralization- the processes by which organisms nucleate and grow minerals into skeletons and functional biomaterials. Findings from these studies have significant cross-disciplinary interest with applications to diverse problems in science and engineering that include biomedical calcification, cementation, sedimentation and engineering ground improvement. Publications by bgep are found in high profile journals that include Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
Presently, we are working to understand how the chemistry and structure of proteins and polysaccharides regulate the spatial and temporal patterns of mineral deposition in organisms. We are also interested in the factors that regulate the chemical signatures of amorphous calcium carbonate, a reactive intermediate that is accumulated at sites of calcification and subsequently transformed to the crystalline-organic composite that we know as bones, teeth and shells.
Research and Recognitions
2013 Outstanding Virginia Scientist
2012 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
2010 Fellow of European Association of Geochemistry
2008 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
2005 Department of Energy, Best University Research Award
1999 Department of Energy, Best University Research Award
Mineralogical Society of America:
2013 Dana Medal (San Francisco, California)
2000 Fellow of the MSA
2010 Fellow of Geochemical Society
2010 Ingerson Lecture (Denver, Colorado)
2002 Gast Lecture (Davos, Switzerland)
1996 F.W. Clarke Medal (Heidelberg, Germany)
In addition to an active research program, Dove brings energy to undergraduate and graduate classrooms. She received the 1996 Amoco CETL Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and was a Georgia Tech Teaching Fellow. At Virginia Tech, she teaches Oceanography (GEOS 3034), Environmental Geochemistry (GEOS 4634) and Advanced Environmental Geochemistry (GEOS 5634).
Graduate Studies in bgep
The graduate students in bgep have been recognized for their creativity and innovative findings with a number of awards that include the NSF Graduate Fellowship, Mineralogical Society of America Best Paper Award, Materials Research Society Gold Award, and AGU Outstanding Student Paper. Ph.D. students and postdocs continue on become university professors, senior scientists at National Laboratories, postdoctoral Fellows and exciting positions in industry.
The bgep group has openings for two new PhD students. To learn more, visit bgep at www.geochem.geos.vt.edu/bgep/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dove Appointed University Distinguished Professor
Into the Academy
Geochemist's pioneering work earns top honor
Patricia M. Dove elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Geoscientist named international fellow
New insights to demineralization: Scientists demonstrate amorphous silica dissolves by pathway similar to crystals
Bare bones of crystal growth: Biomolecules enhance metal contents in calcite
Geoscientists resolve inconsistent data on crystal growth and dissolution
NSF Graduate Fellow aims to decipher how animals form complex skeletons
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