Peter B. deMenocal

Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
207 Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
Phone: 
(845) 365-8483
Fax: 
(845) 365-8150
Fields of interest: 
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

I study marine sediment to reconstruct past changes in ocean circulation and terrestrial climate. Our group primarily uses stable isotopic and trace metal (Mg/Ca) analyses of foraminifera and terrigenous sediment geochemistry to investigate how and why climates have changed in the past. Recent research projects include: Holocene climate and ocean circulation variability

Some of my projects include:

  • African climate change and Human evolution ( details )
  • Holocene climate variability ( details )
  • Abrupt onset and termination of the African Humid Period ( details )
  • Cultural responses to Holocene climate changes ( details )
  • Mollusc geochemistry and reconstructing seasonal to multiannual records of coastal oceean temperatures ( details)

 

 

Education
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. (Geology)
Columbia University
1991
M.S. (Oceanography)
University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography
1986
B.S. (Geology) cum laude
St. Lawrence University
1982
Honors & Awards: 
ODP-USSAC Distinguished Lecturer 1998
Bruce Heezen Award, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 1989