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Thanks for stopping by! My name is Courtney and I am a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I am a geobiologist specializing in rock magnetism: I take what we know about living organisms and use that information to learn more about the past and, similarly, I take what we know about the past and apply that to the present. More specifically, I study tiny magnetic particles (each ~1/1000 the width of your hair!) made by oxygen-sensitive bacteria. Using these “magnets,” we can learn more about environments of the past and present. When I am not playing with bugs you can find me hiking with my dog, backpacking, painting, playing soccer, skiing, or doing some yoga.

Please feel free

to reach out!

Contact information:

Courtney Wagner, Ph.D.

Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Institution, NMNH

courtneywagner.geo@gmail.com