Aaron Celestian, Ph.D., Associate CuratorDr. Celestian joined the NHM in January 2016 as Associate Curator after being an Associate Professor of Geology at Western Kentucky University for 8 years. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Geology (emphasis in Mineralogy) from the University of Arizona (1999), and both Master's (2002) and Ph.D. (2006) from Stony Brook University. Dr. Celestian is also an Associate Editor for the American Mineralogist.
His main research goals as a mineralogist and geochemist are to probe the secrets of how Earth materials grow and react in their environments, and to take that understanding to predict and design new materials for enivornemntal and industrial applications. To better model how these important porous minerals grow and behave, Dr. Celestian focuses on using in situ and time-resolved techniques to measure atomic positions and molecular motions in operando. Dr. Celestian commonly travels to national and international synchrotron and neutron facilities that enable to him to perform these experiments.