• Robert Sternberg
Professor of Geosciences
Earth and Environment



Office: Hackman 128


Rob grew up influenced by America's concern with science after the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) .  After receiving an engineering bachelor's degree, and two years designing photovoltaic power systems for satellites, he returned to the halls of academe by moving to the beautiful Southwest to study geophysics. Short stints working for mining and oil companies did not dissuade him from the academic life, in which he has now spent over 30 years at F&M.  His research focuses largely on the application of magnetic methods of geophysics to archaeology.  He has worked in the American Southwest, Israel, Greece, Jamaica, Italy, Germany, and Azerbaijan.  He likes to cook, travel, watch independent films, read, and collect memorabilia from that formative IGY.


Ph.D., University of Arizona, geosciences
M.S., University of Arizona, geosciences
B.S., Cornell University, engineering physics


Archaeomagnetic secular variation of direction
Archaeomagnetic secular variation of paleointensity
Archaeomagnetic dating
Paleomagnetic studies of clinkers
Geophysical prospection at archaeological sites
Magnetic properties of obsidians
Geophysics pedagogy

F&M Geophysics lab

Course Information

GEO/ENV 114 - Earth, Environment and Humanity (syllabus)
GEO/PHY 237 - Physics of the Earth (syllabus)
GEO/ANT 205 - Archaeometry (syllabus)