Steven Cande
Professor of Marine Geophysics
Geosciences Research Division

Steven Cande is a professor of marine geophysics in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Cande’s research focuses on plate tectonics, global plate reorganizations, the Cenozoic motion between east and west Antarctica, the structure of Antarctica’s Ross Sea, and the tectonics of the South Pacific.  He is well known for his work with marine magnetic anomalies to analyze tectonic plate motions in the world’s ocean basins, to study the processes by which the oceanic crust is formed at mid-ocean ridges, and to analyze the behavior of the Earth’s magnetic field.

In 2000, Cande published a paper in the journal Nature which used new data gathered from three research cruises to Antarctica to locate an important geological piece in a puzzle of plate tectonics in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, revealing that East and West Antarctica started to spread about 43 million years ago and then abruptly stopped 17 million years later.

Born in Freeport, New York, Cande received a B.S., cum laude, in geology/geophysics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in marine geophysics from Columbia University.

He was a senior research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and a lecturer at Columbia University prior to joining Scripps.

He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a member of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cande received the 2007 Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody Award in Ocean Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Cande has been a referee for the Journal of Geophysical Research, Geology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geophysical Journal International, Tectonics, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems, Nature, and Science.

Last updated December 2008