Prof Allison Gale
Allie Gale, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor of Natural Sciences

  • Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University
  • Departmental Teaching Fellow in Earth & Planetary Sciences at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning at Harvard University
  • Shaler Teaching Award, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2007
  • Authored numerous scientific articles on igneous geochemistry, including the #1 cited research article published in the past five years, in Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems
  • Participated in geological expeditions to Iceland, Chile, Wyoming, Hawaii, California, and Oregon

Allie Gale uses the geochemistry of mid-ocean ridge basalts (rocks) to make inferences regarding the composition and temperature of Earth's mantle. Prior to Minerva, she taught many different geoscience courses as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University.

As a teacher, Professor Gale encourages students to “think” rather than simply memorize. She frequently uses different modes of teaching in her classroom, including hands-on exercises with rocks and minerals, case studies, and humor. She is excited to participate in a new vision for higher education at Minerva and to work with diverse and motivated students.