Aaron J. Celestian
Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Geosciences, Stony Brook University – Advisor: John B. Parise (August 2006) Time-resolved structural characterization of microporous silicotitanates and niobium silicotitanates

  • Masters of Science in Geosciences, Stony Brook University – Advisor: John B. Parise (2002) Ion exchange of \(K_{8}Al_{8}Ge_{8}O_{32} \centerdot 8H_{2}O\) and \(Na_{24}Al_{24}Ge_{24}O_{96}\centerdot40H_{2}O\) gismondine

  • Bachelor of Science in Geology with Emphasis in Mineralogy, University of Arizona – Advisor: Robert T. Downs (1999)

Current Position

  • Associate Curator, Mineral Sciences, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 2016 - present

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, 2016 - present

Previous Positions

  • Associate Professor (Tenured), Dept. of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University, 2012-2015

  • Director of the Advanced Materials Institute, Western Kentucky University, 2010-2015

  • Vice President for Research at Terra EnViro Lab Services, LLC, 2014-2015

  • Researcher, Kentucky NanoNet, 2011-2015

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University, 2007-2012

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Science, City University of New York Queens College, 2006-2007

  • Visiting Investigator, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D. C., 2002-2003

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor: American Mineralogist, 2008 – Present

  • Topical Session Organizer & Co-Chair (2016-2018) Mineralogical Crystallography, American Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting.

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Review Committee, Single Crystal, 2010-2013 (Chair from 2011-2012)

  • Topical Session Organizer & Co-Chair (2014) From the Surface to the Core: Microstructure, Porosity, and Wetting Phenomena in Multiphase Solid/Liquid Systems, Session 22f. Goldschmidt Geochemical Conference. Sacramento, CA.

  • Topical Session Chair (2013) Advanced Materials and Processing II, Kentucky NanoNet Symposia, Louisville, KY.

  • Topical Session Organizer & Chair (2010) Mineral Behavior and Molecular-Scale Processes in the Environment, Session T71. Geological Society of America National Meeting. Denver, CO.

  • Representative for Students and Post-docs: National Synchrotron Light Source User Executive Committee, Special Interest Group (SpIG), June 2003-June 2004

  • Reviewer for many scientific journals including: American Mineralogist, Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Journal of Applied Crystallography, Applied Clay Science, and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

  • Reviewer for funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society