• Robert Sternberg
Emeritus Professor of Geosciences


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. Rob retired in the summer of 2016, but will continue working on several projects from the hinterlands of the Hackman K-wing.

Recently taught courses

GEO/ENV 114 - Earth, Environment and Humanity (syllabus F15)
GEO/PHY 237 - Physics of the Earth (syllabus S16)


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

Events - recent and upcoming

Retirement, Summer, 2016
Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, Canada, March 29 - April 2, 2017
International Symposium on Archaeometry, Merida, Mexico, 20-26 May, 2018
Society for American Archaeology, Washington, D.C., April 11-15, 2018


Ph.D. 1982, University of Arizona, geosciences
M.S. 1977, University of Arizona, geosciences
B.S. 1972, Cornell University, engineering physics