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Cin-Ty Lee

Cin-Ty Lee

Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar | Chair, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences | Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology
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biography

Cin-Ty Lee is a Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar for the Center for Energy Studies' Energy, Minerals & Materials program. He is the Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology at Rice University's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, where he serves as department chair.

Lee's primary expertise is in geochemistry, but he integrates geology, geochemistry, geophysics and environmental geology to investigate how continents form, volcanoes evolve and elements cycle through the planet. His recent work has focused on the origin of strategic "minerals," such as copper, lithium, phosphorous and rare earth elements.

He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Geochemical Society, Geological Society of America and the Mineralogical Society of America. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Packard foundations.

Lee received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech before arriving at Rice in 2002.