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Maya Tolstoy

Maya Tolstoy

Interim Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences
Anthropology, Office of the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences, History
  • Interim Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences

Maya Tolstoy is a marine geophysicist and seismologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  She researches mid-ocean ridge earthquakes, the links between earthquakes and life at hydrothermal vent systems, seafloor instrumentation, and the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals.  At Lamont-Doherty she is responsible for the design, execution, and analysis of marine seismic experiments.  She has been part of 27 research cruises in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea.

Tolstoy graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and earned a PhD in earth sciences and marine geophysics in 1994 from the University of California’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography.  She was featured in the 2005 James Cameron film “Aliens of the Deep,” in which she and a team of NASA scientists explore the Mid-Ocean Range, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet’s most peculiar life forms. 

Tolstoy is a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics.  In 2009 she received WINGS WorldQuest’s Women of Discovery Sea Award for her achievements.

Source: Columbia University

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