VP of Research
NMT Office of Research

Vice President of Research

Contact Information for Dr. Nelia Dunbar

Mailing Address:

Dr. Nelia Dunbar
Office for Research - West Hall
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
E-mail: Nelia.Dunbar@nmt.edu
Phone: 575-835-5646
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Dr. Nelia Dunbar

Dr. Nelia Dunbar serves as chief official of the New Mexico Tech Research Division responsible for the encouragement, leadership, and support of research at the Institute and for the administrative and policy making activities of the division; offers dynamic research and administrative leadership to stimulate, coordinate, and provide support for the research at New Mexico Tech; acts as advocate for research within the Institute.

She also serves as director of the New Mexico Bureay of Geology and Mineral Resources; manages the research support functions of the Research Division; serves as the Institute's representative and on-campus administrator for the Waste-Management Education and Research Consortium.

Dunbar acts as an external advocate and representative for New Mexico Tech's research activities; serves as mentor to new faculty to help them establish their research programs at the Institute; strongly encourages diversity and affirmative action; identifies research opportunities and actively encourages development of interdisciplinary research at the institute; ensures that high quality proposals are submitted by the Institute.

Education

Honors

Professional Memberships and Service

Research

Magma Chamber Processes

Element mobility in low temperature aqueous processes

Tephrochronology in Antarctica and New Mexico

Surface-exposure dating of young lava flows

Previous Experience

Director and State Geologist/Adjunct Faculty: Oct. 2016-present. New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources/ Earth and Environmental Science Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Oversight of research and service activities for the New Mexico state geological survey. Represent the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at the state legislature, to other state agencies, and at national meeting. Act as advisor for the electron microprobe laboratory, and carry out limited research.

Director and State Geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources: Oct. 2016-present.
Geochemist/Adjunct Faculty: Aug. 1992-Oct. 2016. New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources and Earth and Environmental Science Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Research on a volcanology, igneous petrology, and economic geology, particularly on tephrochronology and New Mexico and Antarctica, as well as on magmatic processes. Manager of the NMBG Cameca SX-100 electron microprobe facility.

Antarctic Researcher: Numerous seasons (1983/84; 1984/85; 1985/86; 1987/88; 1988/89; 1989/90; 1990/91, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2018/19).
Volcanological field work in various parts of Antarctica, as field assistant, graduate researcher, or principal investigator. Work mainly included mapping recent volcanic rocks and measuring volatile outputs of an active volcano.

Adjunct Faculty Member: 1995-present. Earth and Environmental Science Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Research Associate: March, 1991-Aug. 1992. Oak Ridge National Labs.
Petrology and gas geochemistry of In Situ Vitrification project.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Sept., 1988-Feb, 1991. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Research on volatile contents and gradients in the Bishop and Bandelier Tuffs and Taupo Ignimbrite. Supported by the National Science Foundation grants.

Field Assistant: Summer, 1985. Inyo domes drilling project.
Core logging on a young obsidian dome.

X-Ray Lab Technician: Summer, 1984. New Mexico Bureau of Mining and Mineral Resources.
Preparing and analyzing standards for x-ray fluorescence and diffraction.

Petrology Internship: Summer, 1983. Chevron Oil Field Research Company, La Habra, CA.
Preparing and analyzing standards for x-ray diffraction.