Mineral Sciences Research Studies | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Left to right: Spessartine garnet - Ramona, California Indicolite tourmaline - Minas Gerais, Brazil Emerald with apatite - Peñas Blancas, Colombia Gold - Colorado Quartz mine, Mariposa Co., Calif.
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Mineral Sciences Contact Information

Gem & Mineral Council
(213) 763-3326
gmc@nhm.org

General Inquiries
(213) 763-3328
akampf@nhm.org

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(213) 763-3327
amorgan@nhm.org

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Research Studies

The Department of Mineral Sciences' role is not only to take care and grow the Gem & Mineral collection, but also to use the collection as a research tool, and to be active in the Science world, by publishing and giving conferences. Dr. Tony Kampf's specialty is mineralogy and crystallography, discovering and describing new minerals. To know more about his research, click here!

Dr. Eloïse Gaillou's work focuses on gem materials, studying their physical, chemical and geologic properties. Gems and Minerals are not only attractive in an esthetic point of view, but also in a geologic point of view: they reveal crucial information about the Earth, its composition and evolution throughout geologic times.  To know more about her research, click here!

Eloïse Gaillou at Mount St. Helens, Washington State, USA, in 2007. The last major eruption of this stratovolcano occured in 1980.