Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Faculty and Instructors

Patricia M. Dove
University Distinguished Professor and C.P. Miles Professor of Science

5109 Derring Hall
+1.540.231.2444 (Phone)
+1.540.231.3386 (FAX)

Mailing Address:
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.

News Links

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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