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About Jonathan H. Fink

Jonathan Fink serves as Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships and Professor of Geology at Portland State University. In this role he works with PSU’s faculty and administrators to shape the university’s portfolio of research and creative activities and to link these to the needs and interests of partners in Metro Portland and beyond. Prior to moving to Portland in September 2010, Dr. Fink spent 30 years at Arizona State University in a variety of faculty and administrative positions, including Professor of Geological Sciences, Chairman of the Geology Department, Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs, University Professor of Sustainability, University Sustainability Officer, and Director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. His primary scientific expertise is on the physics and chemistry of volcanic eruptions on earth and other planets. His current research and policy interests also concern problems of urban sustainability, conservation biology, natural hazards, renewable energy, and trans-boundary water conflicts.
Dr. Fink received a B.A. in geology and biology from Colby College, a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University, and held post-doctoral appointments in the Applied Math Department at the Weizmann Institute (Israel) and in the Planetary Geology group at ASU. In 1992-93 he was Director of the National Science Foundation's Geochemistry and Petrology Program, and a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Institution. He also has been a Visiting Fellow on several occasions in the Research School of Earth Sciences at Australian National University. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Trustee of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, and a member of the National Board of Advisors for KB Home.


Present Senior Adviser, Portland State University Geology
Present Professor, Portland State University Geology

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