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 Materials
Research in our interdisciplinary group of geoscientists, chemists, and biologists is focused on formation and transformation of minerals.
Presently, the primary focus of our area is to understand biological mineralization—the processes by which organisms nucleate and grow minerals within their tissues to form the functional structures that we know as skeletons and other organic-mineral materials. Findings from these studies are relevant to diverse problems in science and engineering. These include new materials synthesis, biomedical calcification, cementation, sedimentation and engineering ground improvement.
Many of the publications from our group are found in high impact journals that include Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
Research and Recognitions
2016 Henry Darwin Rogers Lecture (University of Pennsylvania)
2014 Dana Medal, Mineralogical Society of America
2013 Governor’s Outstanding Virginia Scientist Award
2012 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
2010 Fellow of Geochemical Society
2010 Ingerson Lecture (Denver)
2010 Fellow of European Association of Geochemistry
2008 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
2005 Department of Energy, Best University Research Award
2002 Gast Lecture, Geochemical Society (Davos)
2000 Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America
1999 Department of Energy, Best University Research Award
1996 F.W. Clarke Medal (Heidelberg)
In addition to an active research program, Dove brings energy to the classroom. She received the 1996 Amoco CETL Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and was a Georgia Tech Teaching Fellow. At Virginia Tech, she currently teaches Oceanography (GEOS 3034) each Spring Semester.
New insight on how crystals form
Nature's way of making crystals decoded
New insight on how crystals form may advance materials, health and basic science research
The mysteries of crystal growth
New insight on how crystals form may advance materials, health, and basic science research
Dove Appointed University Distinguished Professor
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