Dr. Alan Benimoff studies the petrogenesis of igneous, sedimentary and contact metamorphic rocks of the Newark Basin and the Staten Island Serpentinite. He is interested in studying chemical gradients in coexisting Basaltic and Trondhjemitic Magmas What are the relative diffusivities of these ions in the coexisting melts? Why didn't the two melts physically mix? Using a GIS(Geographic Information System) he studies environmental problems on Staten Island and elsewhere. He has published articles in Nature, the American Mineralogist, the Canadian Mineralogist, Journal of Geology and Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs . In 2004 he discovered a new Mineral called parvo-mangano-edenite. He was featured on the National Geographic Channel’s Known Universe in an episode entitled “Cosmic Fury”. Dr. Benimoff is a public access producer and host for the Staten Island Community Television program Geology Forum. He teaches Soils and Geohydrology and Earth Science in the Masters Program in Environmental Science and Physical Geology, Historical Geology and Environmental Geology. Professor Benimoff has taught Material Science at Cooper Union.
Ph.D. (GEOLOGY), Lehigh University, 1984
M.A. (GEOLOGY), Brooklyn College/CUNY, 1976
B.S. (GEOLOGY), Brooklyn College/CUNY, 1973
A.S. (ENGINEERING SCIENCE) College of Staten Island/CUNY, 1967
Scholarship / Publications
Germine, Mark, , Trent, Terry, Abraham, Jerrold L., , Puffer, John H., and Benimoff, Alan I.(2009) EXPOSURE TO TREMOLITE FIBERS OF NATURAL ORIGIN IN THE EL DORADO HILLS AREA, CALIFORNIA: A CASE STUDY OF IN VIVO ALTERATION, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7, p. 703
Benimoff Alan I., and Puffer, John, H. (2008) SEDIMENT FUSION IN THE PALISADES SILL AND KARROO DOLERITE: A COMPARISON. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. 2008 joint annual meeting. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol 40. No 6.
Benimoff, Alan and Marian V. Lupulescu, I. (2008) ZONED ACCESSORY CR-SPINEL IN THE STATEN ISLAND SERPENTINITE FROM A NEW RICHMOND ROAD OUTCROP IN STATEN ISLAND, NY, GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 40, No. 2
Benimoff, A. I.(2007) URBAN HYDROLOGY: A GIS STUDY OF FLOODING THAT OCCURRED ON JULY 26, 1988 IN THE SWEETBROOK DRAINAGE BASIN IN STATEN ISLAND, NY. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 39, No. 6.
Roberta Oberti, Fernando Cámara, Giancarlo Della Ventura, Gianluca Iezzi, and Alan I. Benimoff(April 2006) PARVO-MANGANO-EDENITE, PARVO-MANGANO-TREMOLITE, AND THE SOLID SOLUTION BETWEEN Ca AND Mn2+ AT THE M4 SITE IN AMPHIBOLES. American Mineralogist , Volume 91, No. 4 pages 526-532, 2006.