Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Gabriela Farfan

Coralyn W. Whitney Curator of Gems and Minerals
Department / Division
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • B.Sc., Stanford University
Research Interests

I study the crystal structures and chemistry of minerals formed under varying conditions in order to answer questions in Environmental Mineralogy, Biomineralization, and Gem Science. My current focus is on bio- and geo-formed carbonates (aragonite, calcite) and amorphous silica (opal, glass).

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