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Born: August 4, 1953, New York City. U.S. Citizen
B.A., Geology Yale University, (with honors), 1978
High Atlas Mountains, Ait Ourir, Morocco, 2011
(photo by Mohammed Et-Touhami)
Solar System Dynamics from Earth's Geological Record, Astrochronology, Earth System Science, Paleobiology and Causation of Mass Extinctions, Paleoclimate, Sedimentology
Awards and Honors
2015: Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural
2011-2013: Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award ($75,000).
2008-present: National Academy of Sciences (http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=04292008)
1998-1999: Don R. and Patricia Kidd Boyd Lecturship in Petroleum Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, UT Texas, Austin.
1997-1998: Mobil Foundation Award.
1986-1988: Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
1985-1986: Arco Petroleum Research Fellowship.
1976: Golden Hammer Award, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University.
1970: Presidential Commendation, Richard Milhouse Nixon.
Jan., 2007 to present : Research Associate, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC.
Jan., 2003 to present: Research Associate, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA.
Jan., 1999 to 2001: Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer.
Jan., 1998 to present: Honorary Board of Directors, Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Jan., 1997 to 2007: Vice President, Board of Directors, Black Rock Forest Consortium
Jan., 1995 to present: Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
Jan., 1991 to 1994: Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, Department of Geological Sciences, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
July, 1985 to present: Research Associate American Museum of Natural History.
Nov., 1985 to present: Research Associate Virginia Natural History Museum.
Sept., 1984 to Dec. 1990: Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences, Department of Geological Sciences, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
March, 1987 to March, 1990: Associate Editor, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Sept., 1983 to August, 1984: Postdoctoral Fellow, Miller Institute of Basic Research in Science, University of California, Berkeley.
Service to Scientific Community:
2010-2011, NRC Panel on Scientific Ocean Drilling; 2010-2011: NRC Panel on New Opportunities in the Earth Sciences: 2007-present, Board of Directors, DOSECC: 2003-present, Lamont representative to DOSECC; 2004-2007, NSF panel; 2005, Geosystems (NSF); 2003: DOSECC, Best Practices Workshop and Annual Meeting Participant; 1999: NSF Science and Technology Center, site review team; 1995-1997: Member Science Advisory Committee, International Scientific Drilling Program (Potsdam, Germany); 1994-1996: Member, Steering Committee, Earth Systems History, NSF; Columbia Representative to Black Rock Forest Consortium; Participant in Continental Scientific Drilling Forum Meetings; Leader of Field trips for Scientific Drilling Organizations; Principle Leader of International Geological Congress Field Trip T351 (NC. to Nova Scotia); Organizer and co-chair of ICDP sponsored Understanding Lacustrine Environmental History Through Continental Drilling (1997); Organizer and co-chair of NSF and ICDP sponsored International Workshop for a Climatic, Biotic, and Tectonic Coring Transect of Triassic-Jurassic Pangea (1999)
Public Education in the Media:
1984-2003: Interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including National Public Radio, The Nature of Things, History Channel. Good Morning America (TV), RAI's Italia Sera (Rome, TV), CBC - As it Happens, Morningside, NBC News, CBC - Maritimes (TV), New Jersey Network (TV), MSNBC, Discovery Channel, BBC, etc. Interviewed for numerous magazines and newspapers including American Scientist, TIME, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Geographic, Science Times, Science News, Discover, Boston Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Readers Digest, Science Digest, New Scientist, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, etc.
Service to Industry:
2009-2011: Consultant to SHORE Exploration & Production
2008-2011: Course M111: Lacustrine Source Rocks and Rift Tectonics Course. Nautilus Corporation.
2008: Recruitment Field Course for Exxon/Mobil (with Michael Braun, David Reynolds, Martha Withjack, Roy Schlische).
1984-1998: Mobil Oil, Rift Basin Tectonics Course (with Martha Withjack, Roy Schlische, Robert Clarke, John Wagener, John Armentrout, Martin Link); Marathon Oil, Lacustrine Exploration Course (with William Bosworth, Joseph Lambiase); Consultant to Eastern Exploration Inc.; Consultant to Exxon, Texaco, Mobil Oil, Citco, Arco Petroleum, North Central Oil, Cornell Oil.
Teaching: (go to Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences)2011-2018: Frontiers of Science (Columbia Core course, undergraduates)
American Geophysical Union, Society for Economic Mineralogists and
Paleontologists, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Carolina Geological
Society, New York Geological Association, Sigma Xi, Paleontological
Society, Geological Society of America, New York Paleontological Society
Grants and Contracts
2022-2024: RAPID: Collaborative Research: Opportunity to acquire
continuous, high-resolution geochemical proxies for paleoclimate,
paleoenvironment, and modern hydrogeology from CPCP cores (S. T. Kinney,
P. E. Olsen, A. RoyChowdhury) (NSF, Columbia component, $94,790).
2021-2023:Accessing an Untapped Reserve of Geochronology for Paleoclimate and Paleobiology for the Early Mesozoic (and beyond) (P. E. Olsen, S. T. Kinney, C. Chang) (LDEO Climate Center, $11,000).
2021-2024: Leveraging the Geologic Record to Constrain Solar System Evolution, Earth-Moon Dynamics, Paleoclimate Change, and Geological Time: Project 4, Solar System Dynamics from Continental Climate Rhythms, 200-240 Ma (P. E. Olsen, S. T. Kinney) (Heising-Simons Foundation, $995,148).
2019-2024: Differentiating Ice Versus Algal Rafted Debris in Sedimentary Records (P. E. Olsen , C. Chang) (LDEO Climate Center, $6,435).
2014-2016: CO.2014-2016: CO2 and Amplification of Orbitally Forced Changes in the Hydrological Cycle (P.E. Olsen, D.V. Kent) (LDEO Climate Center, $9,150).
2013-2014: Collaborative Research: Filling the Triassic geochronologic gap: A continuous cored record of continental environmental change in western North America (P.E. Olsen, D.V. Kent, R. Mundil, G. Gehrels, R.B. Irmis) (NSF ~$700,000; P.E. Olsen component $384,123).
2013-2014: Filling the Triassic geochronologic gap: A continuous cored record of continental environmental change in western North America (J.W. Geissman, P.E. Olsen, J. Sha, R. Molina-Garza, W.M. Kuerschner, G.H. Bachmann) (ICDP, $250,000).
2011-2012: Coring and Logging Through Newark Basin Formations at Lamont-Doherty (D. Goldberg, D.V. Kent. P.E. Olsen) (Sandia Technologies, LLC, ARRA, $862,819).
2010-2012: Millennial-Scale Dynamics of the CO2 Super-Greenhouse at the End-Triassic Extinction (P.E. Olsen, S. Hemming, E. Rasbury, S.L. Goldstein, D.V. Kent) (LDEO Climate Center, $8,000).
2008-2010: SGER: Triassic-Jurassic Mass Extinction Caused by Volcanism? Bio- and Magnetostratigraphic Tests in Eastern North America and Morocco. (P.E. Olsen and D.V. Kent) (NSF, $75,846).
2008-2010: ICDP Workshop on the Colorado Plateau Coring Project: 100 Million Years of Climatic, Tectonic, and Biotic Evolution in Continental Cores. (J.W. Geissman, G.H. Bachmann, R.C. Blakey, D.V. Kent, W.M. Kuerschner, P.E.. Olsen, J. Sha) (ICDP, $32,550).
2007-2009: Bollide, Flood Basalt, or Artifact, Ir and Nd-Sm clues to the Climatic Catastrophe at the Triassic Jurassic Boundary. (Olsen, P.E. and Hemming, S.) (LDEO Climate Center, $6,000).
2007-present: Workshop on integrated scientific coring on the Colorado Plateau: Early Mesozoic history of west Pangea. (P.E. Olsen) (NSF, $29,265).
2006-2008: Workshop on integrated scientific coring on the Colorado Plateau: Early Mesozoic history of west Pangea. (P.E. Olsen, D.V. Kent, J. Geissman) (DOSECC, $36,000).
2005-2007: Boreal Milankovitch Climate Cyclicity in China: Towards Calibrating Solar System Chaos and Developing a Time Scale for the Jurassic. (Liu, J. and Olsen, P.E.) ((LDEO Climate Center, $5,800)
2005-2007: Collaborative Research: Calibration of the Late Triassic-Early Jurassic timescale using U-Pb dating of the high-resolution magnetostratigraphy of the Newark Supergroup (D.V Kent and P.E. Olsen) (NSF, $86,210).
2005-2007: Milankovitch Modification of Lacustrine Ecosystem Development. (Whiteside, J.H. and Olsen, P.E.) (LDEO Climate Center, $6,000)
2003-2005: Extension of the Newark geomagnetic polarity reference sequence to address problems of the Carnian and the Middle Triassic. (D.V. Kent and P.E. Olsen) (NSF, $166,760).
2001-2003: Upgrading of the Scanning Electron Microscope/X-Ray Microanalysis Facility at LDEO (P. Olsen, M. Anders, E. Bonatti, R. Fairbanks, R. Sambrotto, D. Breger, S-W. Chan, N. Landman) (NSF $277,865).
2001-2003: High-resolution Cyclostratigraphic and Paleomagnetic Constraints on the Age and Biogeography of New, Diverse Tetrapod Assemblages from Paleoequatorial Rift Basins of Southeastern North America (P. Olsen, D. Kent) (NSF $130,000).
2000-2002: Orbital Forcing of Continental Eocene Climate: The Green River Formation of Wyoming (P. Olsen, N. Christie-Blick, S. Hemming) (NSF $35,107). 2000-2001: Climate Model - Data Comparisons and Discrepancies for the Pangean World (Carboniferous-Jurassic) (P. Olsen, D. Kent) (LDEO Climate Center., $5,000).
2000-2002: Search for the J1 Cusp in Mesozoic Rift Basins of Eastern North America. (D. Kent and P. Olsen) (NSF $100,000).
1999-2001: Filling the Norian (Late Triassic) Gap in Tropical Tetrapod Diversity, eastern North America. (P. Olsen and H.-D. Sues) (NSF $100,000).
1998-1999: International Workshop for a Climatic, Biotic, and Tectonic Coring Transect of Triassic-Jurassic Pangea (1999). (P. Olsen and D. Kent) (NSF $40,000).
1998-1999: International Workshop for a Climatic, Biotic, and Tectonic Coring Transect of Triassic-Jurassic Pangea (1999). (P. Olsen and D. Kent) (ICDP $26,000).
1998-2000: Search for the J1 Cusp in Mesozoic Rift Basins of Eastern North America. (D. Kent and P. Olsen) (NSF $157,630).
1998-2000: Orbital Forcing of Lacustrine Sequences - Argana Basin, Morocco. (P. Olsen) (LDEO Climate Center., $6,000).
1997: Workshop: Understanding Lacustrine Environmental History Through Continental Drilling (1997). (P. Olsen) (ICDP - $50,000).
1996-1997: Configuration of Pangea During the Late Triassic. (D. Kent and P. Olsen) (NSF $25,000).
1995-1997: The Effects of Milankovitch Climate Cycles and Paleolatitude on Triassic Floral Diversity. (S. Fowell and P. Olsen) (NSF $165,000).
1994-1995: Acquisition of a Mass Spectrometer System for K/Ar dating by the 40Ar/39Ar Method. (W. Broecker, M. Anders, D. Kent, C. Langmuir, and P. Olsen) (NSF $185,000)
1993-1996: Milankovitch Forcing of Continental Monsoons Across the Equator of Pangea. (P. Olsen and D. Kent) (NSF $380,000).
1990-1993: 30 Million Year Record of the Evolution of a Continental Rift: the Newark basin. (P. Olsen and D. Kent) (NSF $2,100,000). The Newark Basin Coring Project (NBCP)
1990-1991: Anatomy of a Continental Rift.. (M. Steckler, J. Diebold, P. Olsen) (NSF $50,000)
1990-1992: A Triassic Synapsid-Dominated Tetrapod Assemblage of Gondwanan Aspect from the Richmond Basin of Virginia. (H. D. Sues and P. Olsen) (NSF $99,876)
1990-1991: A Triassic Synapsid-Dominated Tetrapod Assemblage of Gondwanan Aspect from the Richmond Basin of Virginia (H-D. Sues and P. Olsen) (Nat. Geographic. Soc. $14,000)
1989-1990: Hudson River Seismic Experiment (J. B. Diebold, G. Bond, P. Buhl, R. C. Raleigh, L. Seeber, and P. Olsen) (NSF $180,000).
1989-1990: A Late Triassic South American Vertebrate Assemblage from Virginia. (H-D. Sues and P. Olsen) (Nat. Geographic. Soc. $11,000)
1988-1990: Early Mesozoic Continental Tetrapod Diversification and Extinction in Eastern North America. (NSF $135,000).
1988-1989: Distribution of Extension with Depth in the Newark Basin. (G. Karner, M. Steckler, P. Olsen) (NSF $65,000).
1988-1990: Comparison of Growth Structures Along Border Faults... (American Chemical Society $18,000).
1988-1990: Paleomagnetism of the Newark Supergroup... (D. Kent and P. Olsen) (NSF $150,000).
1987: Paleomagnetism of the Newark Supergroup: A Test of the Paleomagnetic Euler Pole Model. (D. Kent and P. Olsen) (NSF $20,000).
1987: Faunal Change Across the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary in Nova Scotia. (N. Shubin, and P. Olsen, M. H. Anders) (Nat. Geographic. Soc. $14,050).
1986: Diverse Early Jurassic Tetrapod Assemblage from Nova Scotia. (P. Olsen and N. Shubin) (Nat. Geographic. Soc. $13,700).
1984-1988: N. E. U.S. Neotectonic Research. (L. Seeber and P. Olsen) (N.R.C. $200,000).