Peter Buck Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, September 2015-Present

  • Performed melting and hydrothermal experiments using a 1-bar gas mixing furnace, vertical furnace with a molybdenum-alloy pressure vessel experiments at high temperatures and moderate pressures (e.g., 1100 °C and 500 bars), and horizontal cold seal furnace at moderate temperatures and pressures (e.g., 700 °C and 400 bars)
  • Characterized experimental charges and meteorites with petrographic microscope
  • Analyzed experimental charges and meteorites with scanning electron microscope and electron microprobes (JEOL 8900, JEOL 8530F at the Carnegie Institution for Science, and JEOL 8530F at the Smithsonian Institution)
  • Outreach including meteorite vault tours, public programs, and presentations to middle school students
  • Mentor to graduate and undergraduate students

Graduate Researcher, Lecturer, and Teaching Assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, August 2012-August 2015

  • Performed research involving meteorite petrology and geochemistry
  • Used the following instruments: electron microprobe (EMP), secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS), laser ablation-inductively coupled-mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS), Raman microprobe, scanning electron microprobe (SEM), and petrographic microscope
  • Taught, as a lecturer, an introductory-level physical geology course
  • Guest lectured in mineralogy and introductory planetary geology
  • Led and designed laboratory activities for mineralogy, petrology, and introductory planetary geology
  • Mentored undergraduates working on senior theses and other research projects

Meteorite Technician Contractor, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, September 2010-August 2012.

  • Performed support and classification work for the Antarctic Meteorite Collection
  • Prepared meteorite sections for scanning electron microscope, electron microprobe, and 40Ar-39Ar analyses
  • Assisted curators and summer interns with research projects: surveyed potential research samples, cut/subsampled meteorites, documented meteorite subsampling, analyzed samples with the scanning electron microscope and electron microprobe, extracted/processed data, drafted figures, replied to reviewer comments regarding figures, and other support activities
  • Evaluated and responded to potential meteorites from members of the public
  • Photographed and scanned ~2,000 meteorite thin sections as part of a collection digitization project

Volunteer Math Teacher, Academy of Hope in Washington, D.C., January 2011-July 2012

  • Taught basic arithmetic to adults preparing to take the GED

Adjunct Faculty Member, University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota, January 2010-July 2010

  • Taught and prepared laboratory activities
  • Guest lectured in introductory-level Physical Geology and Natural Disasters courses
  • Led field trips for introductory students

Field Assistant, Villanova University, May 2009-August 2009

  • Measured carbon dioxide gas emission for a carbon sequestration study

Graduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis, September 2005-May 2009

  • Set-up a laboratory space for pollen and phytolith extraction
  • Implemented and modified a phytolith (biogenic opal from plants) extraction procedure
  • Taught geology discussion sessions and guest lectured to classes of up to 100 students
  • Supervised students at field camp mapping faults through Quaternary glacial moraines and alluvial fans

Research Assistant, USGS California Water Science Center, June 2006-September 2006

  • Assisted with sediment core processing, digitally analyzing peat core photographs, bulk density measurements, and loss-on-ignition analyses

NSF-REU Intern, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, June 2004-September 2004

  • Assisted in the collection of sediment cores, modern ostracods and groundwater
  • Performed the following analyses on sediments: loss-on-ignition, grain size distribution, and magnetic susceptibility
  • Picked and identified mollusk faunal remains