Curriculum Vitae of Paul E. Olsen
(Pt. 4 - Articles and Interviews and Books that discuss or feature Olsen's Research)


(go to Pt 1)  (go to pt. 2 [publications])  (go to pt. 3 [abstracts])


Articles, Web Sites, and Pod Casts


Fedak, T., 2020, Fundy Fossils and Planetary Geology with Dr. Paul Olsen. Showcase of Nova Scotia Fossils & Geology NovaScotiaMuseum (


Anonymous, 2019, Beyond planetary chaos thanks to geology. (

Anonymous, 2019, What lies Beneath. Discover Magazine, July-August 2019, p. 17. (download .pdf)

Anonymous, 2019, Geological approach tracks deep history of planets' motions and their effects on earth's climate. (

Callier, V. 2019, Earth’s Rock Record Could Reveal the Motions of Other Planets. Smithsonian (

Dayley, J., 2019, A Geological “Orrery” Could Reveal Planetary Dynamics in Deep Time. Scientific American(

Krajick, K., 2019, Scientists Track Deep History of Planets' Motions, and Effects on Earth's Climate: Newly Forming Map of Chaos in the Solar System. (

Sexton, C., 2019, The movement of other planets has impacted Earth’s climate. (


Anonymous, 2018, Gravity of Venus and Jupiter Elongates Earth’s Orbit Every 405,000 Years. Sci News (

Callier, V., 2018, Geologic evidence confirms existence of 405,000-year Milankovitch cycle. Earth Magazine, (


Barras, C., 2017, The mass extinction that might never have happened. New Scientist, News & Technology 19 October 2017.  ( (downoad print version).


Casey, M., 2016, Defying Critics, Paleontologist Paul Olsen Looks for Hidden Answers Behind Mass Extinctions., August 4, 2016. (

Parry, M. and Mike Graham, M. (hosts), 2016, [100 million-year-old fossil geckos], The Two Mikes, talkSPORT Ltd. Radio, (2:30 GMT, 03.08.16).


Anon., 2015, Golden nuggets you learned in Fro Sci. Columbia Spectator. (

Dey, E., 2015, Humans are causing the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s History, says study. VICE NEWS (

Fox, D., 2015, Sands of time. Discover Magazine, v. 36(4), p. 48-55. (full paper as ,pdf; text:

Ghose, T., 2015, Mesozoic Era: Age of the Dinosaurs. Live Science (

Parry, M. and Mike Graham, M. (hosts), 2016, [100 million-year-old fossil geckos], The Two Mikes, talkSPORT Ltd. Radio, (2:30 GMT, 03.08.16).

Perkins, S., 2015, Dinosaurs evolved much faster than previously thought. Science, Paleontology, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad7539

Peters, L., 2015, Paleontologist Dr. Paul Olsen critiques dinosaur toys, or, how to spot a fake dino. BUSTLE, June 15, 2015 (

Stern, A., 2015, Dinosaur expert critiques dinosaur toys (but doesn't ruin your childhood). Watercooler, Mashable, posted June 11, 2015. (


Fox, D., 2014, What wiped out the American West? Investigating a Triassic extinction. Field Notes, February 10, 2014, Discover Magazine, []

Krajick, K., 2014, The fourth extinction: The rise of dinosaurs—and the Age of Humans amid a fossil bonanza, drilling deep into pre-dinosaurian rocks. State of the Planet: Blogs from the Earth, 4.29.2014, The Earth Institute, Columbia University [].

Krajick, K., 2014, The fourth extinction: The rise of dinosaurs—and the Age of Humans amid a fossil bonanza, drilling deep into pre-dinosaurian rocks. State of the Planet: Blogs from the Earth, April 30, 2014, News & Events, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University [].

Scott, B., Olsher, D., Kirchner, M.B., Winter, C., Wise, R., Julin, C., Lichtman, F., Haavik, E., 2014, Radio special - What is a good death? TBRQ, a production of SoundVision Productions, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, and Public Radio International [].


Anonymous, 2013, Apocalypse Then: Volcanic eruptions wiped out half of life on Earth 200 million years ago. Catholic Online (New Consortium), []

Brandon, P., 2013, Headstone for an Apocalypse. New York Times, Opinion Pages, August 16, 2013 []

Bruggers, J., 2013, Mass extinction 200 million years ago has lessons for today. Watchdog Earth, []

Chu, J., 2013, Huge And Widespread Volcanic Eruptions Triggered the End-Triassic Extinction. Science Newsline, Nature and Earth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology []

Chung, E., 2013, Atlantic Canadian mega-volcanoes blamed in mass extinction: End Triassic extinction wiped out half the world's species 200 million years ago. CBC News | New Brunswick []

Greenwood, V., 2013, Mega-eruption: Scientists connect a mass extinction to a major lava flow. TIME, April 04, 2013, (

Krajick, K., 2013, Megavolcanoes Tied to Pre-Dinosaur Mass Extinction. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, News & Events, Columbia University. []

Lee, J. J., 2013, Mega-eruptions Caused Mass Extinction, Study Finds. National Geographic Daily News,  []

Lewis, T., 2013, Volcano Extinction? Ancient Eruptions Tied To Species Die-Off That Let Dinosaurs Flourish. Live Science,
[] (Carried by Huffington Post:

Magill, B., 2013, Carbon Storage Studies Grapple with Politics, Geology. Climate Central [].

Main, D., 2013, Could Carbon Dioxide Be Stored Deep Beneath NYC? LiveScience []

Mohan, G., 2013, Volcano-induced die-off paved way for dinosaurs, study suggests. Los Angles Times []

NSF, 2013, Before Dinosaurs' Era, Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Mass Extinction. []

Perkins, S. and Nature magazine, 2013, Triassic Extinction Tied to Massive Lava Spills. Scientific American, []

Prigg, M., 2013, Massive volcanic eruptions wiped out HALF of life on Earth 200 million years ago. Mail Online [].

Risinit, M., 2013, Lamont scientists test gas storage theory with Palisades drilling; Lamont scientists look 220 million years into past using core samples., Sep 24, 2013 (Rockaland Journal News) []

Sampedro, J., 2013, Una gigantesca orgía volcánica dio paso a los dinosaurios. Sociedad El paés, []

Switek, B., 2013, Getting to the Core of the Triassic. []

Witze, A., 2013, Geologists take drill to Triassic park: Arizona rock core to yield coherent picture of turbulent period. Nature, []

Wright-Piersanti, T., 2013, Uncovering fossils and ancient mysteries in the Watchung Mountains. The Star Ledger, Newark, NJ, April 23, 2013. (


Choi, C.Q., 2012, Did the Reign of Dinosaurs Begin, as Well as End, with a Meteorite Strike? Scientific American. (

Crouse, M., 2012, Dinosaur prints lead Roseland man to life’s pursuit. The Progress, Sep 13, 2012. (

Laursen, L., 2012, Outreach: Field hospitality. Nature v. 481, 399-401. (

Lilley, S. (consulting producer), 2011, The Man Who Invented the Dinosaurs: Narrated by Kurt Anderson. PRI, Studio 360, Feature June 8, 2012. (

Luck-Baker, A., 2012, Leaving our mark: What will be left of our cities? BBC News, Science & Environment, 31 October 2012. (

Luck-Baker, A. (producer), 2012, Extinct! Narrated by Adam Rutherford: Episode 1. BBC, Broadcast Tuesday, 15 May 2012
11:00, BBC Radio 4, 28 min. (BBC World Service). (

Gluck, G., 2012, Union County's Mastodon Exhibit. (

Krajick, K., 2012, The Triassic and Today: Hinge Points in Earth’s History. State of the Planet: Blogs from the Earth Institute , Columbia University. (

Krajick, K., 2012, Seeking the Deadly Roots of the Dinosaurs’ Ascent. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, News & Events, Columbia University. (

Krajick, K., 2012, Along an Ancient Coast, Clues to a Global Extinction. State of the Planet: Blogs from the Earth Institute , Columbia University. (

Martineau, 2012, The Fourth Extinction: The Rise of Dinosaurs—and the Age of Humans. State of the Planet: Blogs from the Earth Institute , Columbia University. (

Vince, G., Luck-Baker, A., 2013, The Age We Made - Part 3. Discovery (BBC World Service). (


Anon, 2011, Welsh beach could reveal why dinosaur mass extinction happened 200m years ago. Daily Mail,, 14 May, 2011.  (

BBC World Service, 2011, Meteor Impact in the end Triassic. Science in Action, BBC World Service, 15th May, 2011 (go to URL [

Committee on the Importance of Deep-Time Geologic Records for Understanding Climate Change Impacts; National Research Council of the National Academies , 2011, Understanding Earth's Deep Past: Lessons for Our Climate Future, National Reserach Council, The National Academies Press, 212 p. (go to URL []).

Gronstal, A.L., 2011, Seeking a Pot of Geological Gold. Astrobiology Magazine. (go to URL []).

Martineau, K., 2011, Drilling for Carbon-Storing Rocks in Suburban New York. (go to URL []).

Palmer, J., 2011, Searching for the secrets of extinction. (go to URL []).

Palmer, J., 2011, The shifting face of a 200-million-year-old mystery. (go to URL []).

Thurston, H., 2011, The Atlantic Coast. David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver, 328 p.

ScienceDaily, 2011, On Prehistoric Supercontinent of Pangaea, Latitude and Rain Dictated Where Species Lived. (go to URL []).

Smith, R., 2011, Dark days of the Triassic: Lost world. Nature,  v. 479 , p. 287-289. (go to URL [])

Wall, T., 2011, Asteroid Fingered For Dino Era Boom - Not Just Bust. Discovery News. (go to URL [])


Brown University, 2010, Brown University-led team explains how dinosaurs rose to prominence. (go to URL [])

Flatow, I., 2010, Science Friday: Stashing Carbon Dioxide In Rocks. (go to URL [])

Lichtman, F., 2010, Carbon Sequestration. Science Friday. (go to URL [])

Tirella, T., 2010,  NB fossil has NJ homecoming: Former resident remembers Granton Quarry. Hudson Reporter,, Apr 25, 2010. (


Bredhoff. S., 2009, Big! – Big Records, Big Events, and Big Ideas in American History – Celebrating 75 years of the National Archives, The Foundation for the National Archives/ GILES, 94 p.

CBC, 2009, Geological Journey: The Atlantic Coast, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. (

Discovery Channel, 2009, Prehistoric New York, Flight 33 Productions. ( (

History Channel, 2009, How the Earth Was Made: New York, Season 5, Pioneer Productions. (

Kleiman, M., 2009, A Place in the Archives. (go to URL [])

Kleiman, M., 2009, Amateur Teenage “Dinosaur Hunter’s” Find Ends up in the National Archives. (download facimile of web page [original was at])

National Archives, 2009, The BIG! Exhibit 75th Anniversary of The National Archives, Washington DC. (go to URL [])


Columbia University, 2008, Columbia Faculty, Gary Struhl, Carol Prives & Paul E. Olsen, Elected As National Academy Of Sciences Members. (go to URL [])

Shubin, N., Your Iinner Fish: a Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body. Randon House, 237 p. (


Beerling, D., 2006, The Emerald Planet, Oxford University Press, 288 p. (

Choi, C.Q., 2007, What triggers mass extinctions? Science on NBC, 8/8/2007. (

Ward, P.D., 2007, Under a Green Sky - Global Warming, The Mass Extinctions of the Past, And What They Can Tell Us About Our Future, Smithsonian Book/HarperCollins, 242 p. (


Hecht, J., 2006, Visiting Triassic Park. New Scientist, issue 2540, 25 February 2006. (


Zimmer, C., 2005, Dinosaurs: Why do we have so many questions about the most successful animals that ever lived? Discover Magazine, April 2005 (Cover Story). (


Patel, S., 2004, The Catastrophic Overture: Did an Extraterrestrial Imact at the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary Kickstart the Evolution of Large Dinosaurs. Columbia Science Review, Spring 2004, p. 15-18. (download a .pdf of this paper: 348 KB)

Pollak, M., 2004, No Place for Dinosaurs. The New York Times. May 23, 2004. (


Gate, A.E., 2003, Olsen, Paul E., in A to Z of Earth Scientists, Notable Scientists, Facts on File Science Library, p. 191-192. (


Anonoymous (Columbia Univerity), 2002, The rise of the giant Jurassic dinosaurs linked to explosive extraterrestrial collision. (

Chang, K., 2002, Meteor May Have Started Dinosaur Era. The New York Times, May 17, 2002. (

Hecht, J., 2002, Jurassic spark. New Scientist. Issue 2344, 25 May 2002, (

Kerr, R.A., 2002, Impacts a Mixed Blessing for Dinosaurs? Science NOW, 16 May 2002, (

Kerr, R.A., 2002, Did an Impact Trigger the Dinosaurs' Rise? Science, v. 296, no. 5571, p. 1215-1216. (

Pearson, H., 2002, Asteroid let dinosaurs rule. Nature (News). (

Smith S., 2002, Horizon Revisited, Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, BBC, December 6, 2002, Season 39 Episode 21, 50 min.


Discovery Channel, 2001, When Dinosaurs Roamed America, Evergreen Films, 90 min.


McFarland, S., 1997, Jurassic Park in our midst: dinosaurs stomped and romped right here. New York Daily Newsm May 26, 1997. (


Anonoymous, 1996, Connecticut's Ancient Crocodilian Creature. Science, v. 274, no. 5291, p. 1309. (

Brown, M., 1996, Reconstructing a galloping crocodile after a mere 200 million years. The New York Times, November 10, 1006. (

Libby, S., 1996, On Trail of Fossils? Take an Open Mind. The New York Times, December 1, 1996. (

Weishampel, D.B., Young, L.,  1996, Dinosaurs of the East Coast. Johns Hopkins University Press, 275 p.


Krumenaker, L., 1994, In Ancient Climate, Orbital Chaos? Science, v. 263 no. 5145, p. 323. (

NHK, 1994, Planet of Life, NHK in association with Discovery Productions, Inc. (Consultant).

Thurston, H., 1994, The Dawning of the Dinosaurs: The Story of Canada's Oldest Dinosaurs, Nimbus Publishing, 91 p.


Zimmer, C., 1993, The War Between Plants and Animals. Discover Magazine, July 1993, (


Lessem, D., 1993, Kings of Creation. Touchstone, 368 p.

Zimmer, C., 1992 Peeling the big blue banana. Discover, January 31, 1992. (


Begley, S., 1991, New theories and old bones reveal the lifestyle of the dinsoaur. Newsweek, 10/27/91. (

Granada Television, 1991, Dinosaur! Presented by Walter Cronkite, Part Four: The Tale Of A Feather, Granada Television, 47 min.

Kerr, R.A., 1991, The Stately Cycles of Ancient Climate. Science, v. 252, no. 5010, p. 1254-1255. (


Browne, M.W., 1990, Buried treasure a zillion years old. New York Times, November 2, 1990. (


Leary, W. E., 1989, Archeological Trove of Mammals' Reptilian Ancestors Found. New York Times, December 18, 1989  (


Wailoo, K. and Olsen, P.E., American Scientist Interviews: Paul Olsen on dinosaurs, asteroids, and narratives in Earth history. American Scientist. v. 76(3), p. 276-281: Stable URL: (download .pdf)


Chedd-Angier Production Company, 1987, Discover: The World of Science. (consultant),

Kerr, R. A., 1987, Milankovitch Climate Cycles Through the Ages. Science, v. 235, no. 4792, p. 973-974. (

Monastersky, R., 1987, Abrupt Extinctions at End of Triassic. Science News, vl. 132, no. 10 (Sep. 5, 1987), p. 149. (Stable URL:


Badolini, P., 1986, Italia Sera, RAI, Rome.

Bower, B., 1986, Nova Scotia Fossils Illuminate 200-Million-Year-Old Changes. Science News, v. 129, no. 6 (Feb. 8, 1986), p. 86. (Stable URL:

Brokaw, T., Bazell, R., 1986, Very Small Dinosaur Fossil Discoveries in Nova Scotia, NBC Today Show, October 6, 1986, 55 min. (

Sullivan, W., 1986, Before dinosaurs, another catastrophe. The New York Times, September 30, 1986. (

Sullivan, W., 1986, Nova Scotia fossils support catastrophic extinction idea. The Houston Chronicle, Monday 10/13/1986, Section Discovery, p. 4, NO STAR Edition. (

Wisnowsky, J. and Dorfman, A., 1986, A ROSETTA STONE OF EVOLUTION Scientists find a fossil trove in a Nova Scotia cliff. TIME, v. 127(7), p. 92. (


Anonymous, 1973, Essex Fossil site now a landmark. The New York Times, July 22, 1973. (


Moore, G., To Tell The Truth, Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions.


Gore, R., Ray, W., 1970, (With a Little Help From Two Friends) The Dinosaurs Finally Win One. Life Magazine, December 11. (

Lichtenstein, G., 1970, A Jersey industrial concern, no troglodyte, is donating acreage in Essex for Dinosaur Park. The New York Times, December 6, 1970. (