• 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 shop at Central Market, cook, travel, watch independent films and cricket matches, read the NY Review of Books and some actual books, and collect memorabilia from that formative IGY. Rob retired in the summer of 2016, but will continue working on several projects a few morning per week in Hackman 100C.


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

F&M Geophysics lab

Events - recent and upcoming

Retirement, Summer, 2016

Society for American Archaeology, Washington, D.C., April 11-15, 2018

International Symposium on Archaeometry, Merida, Mexico, May 20-26,, 2018

American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., Dec 11-15, 2018

2020 MagIC Workshop: Rock and Paleomagnetism through Time and Space, La Jolla, March 16-18, 2020

International Symposium on Archaeometry, Lisbon, Portugal, May 18-22, 2020


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