John A. Tarduno is professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, where he also holds a dual appointment as professor of physics and astronomy. His research centers on the application of paleomagnetism to problems in geodynamics, geomagnetism, and environmental change.
He received a BS degree in geophysics from Lehigh University (1983) and an MS and PhD in geophysics from Stanford University (1987). After postdoctoral work at Stanford and ETH-Zurich, he was assistant research geophysicist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1990-1993). He joined the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester in 1993, where he founded the paleomagnetism laboratory. He has served as co-chief scientist on an ocean drilling cruise in the Pacific Ocean, and led field research in Australia, Botswana, India, Japan, Lesotho, New Zealand, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. He has also led scientific expeditions to the High Canadian Arctic and the Sahara.
John is the recipient of numerous honors, including election as fellow of the American Geophysical Union and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for "providing large-impact contributions to the study of Earth's paleomagnetic record and for a matching mentoring outreach to students in this geophysical discipline." Most recently, he was awarded the Price Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, for investigations of outstanding merit in solid-earth geophysics, oceanography, or planetary sciences.