Tuesday NOON BALLOON with Professor Paul Olsen


Chaos and Stability in the Solar System as Recorded by Climate on Earth

Prof. Paul Olsen

Tuesday October 27th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall


Summary: How we can use the geological record of climate to understand the evolution of the Solar System.

Paul Olsen

Paul Olsen, Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and environmental sciences, received his Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University in 1983 and has been a member of our faculty since 1984.  His overall area of research is the evolution of continental ecosystems (including their external and internal controls and their biological and physical components), with particular emphasis on examining the pattern, causes and effects of climate change on geological time scales; mass extinctions;  and the effects of evolutionary innovations on global biogeochemical cycles.  He is based at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, but also holds Research Associate positions at the American Museum of Natural History and three other museums, as well as serving as an honorary member of the Board of Directors of the Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada. In April 2008, Professor Olsen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to engineers and scientists in the United States to honor excellence in original scientific work.  Professor Olsen is the author of over 170 publications and has appeared in numerous documentaries on the history of life and climate.

Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

All are welcome to attend!