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Dr. Peter A. Selkin
Associate Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street, Box 358436
Tacoma, WA 98405

Phone: +1 253 692-5819

Email: paselkin at uw dot edu

Office; Science 208
Lab: Science 304


I am a professor on the Science and Mathematics faculty at UW Tacoma. My research and teaching focus on using geophysics to explore the history of the Earth. This is both my homepage and the hub for information for my lab.

In my academic career I’ve look at three kinds of questions. First, how do physical processes – mainly flows of magma, deep-sea sediment, or windblown dust – affect the magnetic properties of rocks? Second, how has Earth’s magnetic field changed through deep geologic time? And third, how can we help students learn to find meaning in the kinds of data that Earth and environmental scientists use? 

I recently returned from a sabbatical in Argentina, where I visited the paleomagnetic lab at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (as well as a lot of the rest of the country).

My students and I use several computation platforms for data analysis and modeling. We are working on making our code, mostly in R and Python, open-source through Github.

Quick Links

New! Looking for students [Blog Post]

A Bengal Fan backgrounder [Blog Post]

Grad School: A Primer [Blog Post Series]

Earth Materials – Register for Fall 2017!

Living on the Edge Curriculum

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