Dr. Tom Benson is the Lead Global Exploration Geologist at Lithium Americas Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in volcanology from Stanford University in 2017 for his research on global lithium resources associated with large caldera-forming eruptions. His research has gained international acclaim, appearing in Nature, The Smithsonian, NPR, and Wired, among other media outlets. Before this, Dr. Benson researched geothermal systems as an undergraduate at Harvard University, Research Associate at MIT, and Fulbright Scholar in Iceland. Before joining Lithium Americas Corporation full-time in 2018, Dr. Benson worked as Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University, Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and Consulting Geologist for Lithium Americas Corporation. As Lead Global Exploration Geologist at Lithium Americas, Dr. Benson helps guide exploration programs at the Cauchari-Olaroz and Thacker Pass projects and leads greenfield exploration efforts across the world. He also is actively engaged in peer-reviewed research on the origins of sedimentary and brine lithium deposits.