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Editor-in-Chief: Ben van der Pluijm

Online ISSN: 2328-4277

About the Editor


Ben van der Pluijm

Ben van der Pluijm is the Bruce R. Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and Professor of the Environment at the University of Michigan.

He arrived at the U-M in 1985, after completing degrees in structural geology at Leiden/Utrecht (Netherlands) and New Brunswick (Canada). His research focuses on active and past deformation of the Earth’s crust, ranging from microscope to mountain belt, using laboratory methods that include X-ray analysis, thermochronology, electron microscopy, geochemistry and rock magnetism.

Current topics of his research group are fault rock formation, deformation dating, fluid fingerprinting and orogenic curvature; current field areas are in USA, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Turkey and New Zealand. In addition to teaching lower and upper level courses in Global Change and Earth Structure, he directs the interdisciplinary, team-taught Global Change Degree Program at U-M. His educational interests include the use of modern technologies to enhance students’ learning experiences in the field (GeoPad) and classroom interactivity (LectureTools).

Ben has served in many department, college, university and professional roles. In the Provost Office, he headed the U-M’s activities for reaccreditation and a campus-wide self-study on internationalization and global engagement. He chaired the President’s campus-wide Interdisciplinary Learning Initiative. In 2012, he returned from the National Science Foundation where he coordinated its cross-directorate sustainability initiative (SEES).

He has served on a range of (inter)national agency panels and organizations; currently he is AAAS council member for Geology and Geography. His editorial roles include Editor of GSA’s Geology, Editor-in-Chief of AGU’s Earth’s Future, ~dozen editorial boards and editor of several book volumes; he has (co-)authored >175 articles, and published two editions of the textbook Earth Structure.

Ben is a Fellow of the AAAS and the Geological Society of America, and recipient of multiple teaching, service and research awards. He is married and has two sons.

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