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Cynthia Ebinger
Tulane University

Cynthia Ebinger is the Marshall-Heape Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University. Her research focuses on tectonic and volcanic processes occurring in rift zones, and their implications for earthquake and volcanic hazards, and for geothermal energy. She and her research team utilize satellite and geophysical data to image and model Earth's structure and state-of-stress, and to detect change associated with natural and anthropogenic processes. In the course of field and laboratory studies, she has worked with scientists in African and South American countries to address hazard and energy challenges and to build regional networks. Ebinger is Chair of the American Geophysical Union College of Fellows, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and she serves on the advisory board for the International Centre for Theoretical Physics - East African Institute for Fundamental Research geophysics program. Ebinger received an SM and PhD in marine geophysics from the M.I.T./Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, and a BSc in marine geology from Duke University. She has served as Editor-in-Chief for Geophysical Journal International and Basin Research and as associate editor for Journal of Geophysical Research and Journal of African Research.

Department of State Profile

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES)
Office of Environmental Quality (ENV), and
Bureau of African Affairs (AF)
Office of Economic and Regional Affairs (ERA)

Cynthia Ebinger serves as a science analyst to the Environmental Quality Office, assisting with policy development related to critical minerals supply chains, e-waste management, air quality, as well as preparation for multi-lateral meetings associated with the newly formed Atlantic Cooperation. OES/ENV develops, coordinates, and implements U.S. foreign policy objectives, and supports regional environment, science, and technology issues. Cynthia is working with scientists, economists, and analysts at State, USAID, USGS, DOE, DOI, NASA, NOAA, NSC, private industry, and international organizations to develop and implement critical minerals priorities in Africa, South America, and Asia, and to reduce the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale mining. She advises the Africa Bureau on energy and mineral resources, and coastal urbanization. This work involves capacity-building to enhance climate and disaster early warning programs.