Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University in the City of New York
Ph. 212-854-4920 (Columbia main campus)
Executive Assistant Ms Middleton 212-854-0478/1984; Fax 212-854-1993
Ph. 845-365-8730 (at Lamont-Doherty)
Assistant Ms Weurfel 845-365-8729; Fax 845-365-8162
for Earth Institute inquiries
Ms Middleton-Lilly 212-854-0478/1984; Fax 212-854-1993
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia Permanent Resident USA, 7/28/83
B.Sc., Physics/Pure Math (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia) 1969
M.Sc., Geophysics (University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia) 1971
Ph.D., Marine Geophysics (Columbia University, New York, New York, U.S.A) 1982
Research Advisor, Manik Talwani
Professional Experience -
7/1/2006 - present Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affiars, Columbia University.
1/1/2003 - 7/1/2007 Deputy Director, the Earth Institute at Columbia University
12/1/00 - 7/1/2007 Associate Vice Provost Columbia Earth Institute of Columbia University
12/1/00 - 2/28/03 Executive Deputy Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
5/1/99 - 11/30/00 Interim Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
1/1/99 - 4/30/99 Executive Deputy Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia
9/1/96 – 12/31/98 Deputy Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
3/1/94 – 8/31/96 Interim Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
1/1/94 – 4/30/99 Director of Research, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
1/1/93 – 2/28/94 Associate Director, Division of Geophysics and Geology, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
7/1/91 – present Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University.
7/1/89 – present Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty-Geological Observatory of Columbia University.
7/89 – 6/91 Adjunct Associate Professor of Geology, Columbia University.
7/87 – 6/89 Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University.
7/84 – 6/89 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geology, Columbia University.
7/83 – 6/87 Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University.
7/82 – 6/83 Research Associate, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University.
1978 – 1982 Columbia University Faculty Fellow.
1970 – 1980 Geophysicist, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia (promoted from Grades 1 through 3 between 1970 and 1976).
Collaborating Scientists -
John Orcutt (SIO) Brian Wernicke (Caltech) Robert S. Detrick (WHOI)
Alister Harding (SIO) Jeffrey Karson (Duke) R.S. White (Cambridge, U.K.)
Marcia McNutt (MBARI) Jean Francheteau (IPG Paris) Gordon Lister (Monash U., Australia)
Brian Taylor (SOEST) Geoff Abers (Boston U) Jamie Austin UTIG)
Kier Becker (RSMAS) Hugh Davies (U. PNG) Karl Hinz (BGR,Germany)
Field Work -
Thirty-five research cruises, twenty-two with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, all cruises from 1981 onward as Chief or Co-Chief Scientist –
R/V MAURICE EWING Cruise EW-9910 1999
R/V MAURICE EWING Cruise EW-9503 1995
BARGE (Basin and Range Geoscientific Experiment, Lake Meade) 1993
R/V MAURICE EWING Cruise EW-9203 1992
R/V MAURICE EWING Cruise EW-9101 1991
R/V MAURICE EWING Cruise EW-9102* 1991
R/V MAURICE EWING Cruise EW-9103 1991
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-3001 1989
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2911 * 1988
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2902 1988
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2810 * 1987
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2809 1987
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2702 * 1986
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2607 * 1985
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2606 1985
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2412 * 1983
R/V KANA KEOKI - Hawaii Experiment * 1982
S/V PROSPEKTA - No. Atlantic Transect * 1981
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2114 * 1978
R/V ROBERT D. CONRAD Cruise C-2113 1978
R/V VEMA Cruise V-3405 1977
R/V VEMA Cruise V-3303 1976
R/V LADY CHRISTINE - Thirteen cruises (1970-1972) for Bureau of Mineral Resources, Canberra, Australia
* two-ship seismic programs
Activities in educational programs
Coordinator of Science programs for SIPA PhD in Sustainable Development
Admission Committee for Climate and Society MA
Member Science Task Force for the Earth System Science MPA
Graduate level - Marine Seismology, given in alternate years to PhD students in Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Environmental Sciences for Sustainable Devlopment -- taught annually to PhD and Masters students in the
School of International and Public Affairs
Undergraduate level Introduction to Earth Sciences, given every Fall
Frontier of Science Core course beginning Spring 05
Students Advising -
Ph.D. completed: R. Mithal, E. Vera*, J. Lorenzo, C. Zehnder, G. Barth, W. Su*, J. Fang, G. Correa*, J. Floyd*
Ph.D. in progress: Hannah Abend (IGERT Fellow)
Ph.D. completed: A. Malinverno, N. Bangs , S. Spangler, A. Holmes, A. Macario, J.McGinnis,
J. Hopper* (M. Phil.), G. Hu, W. He, X. Wang
M. Phil.: L. Xu (passes oral exam, chose to terminate)
. * Heezen Award recipient
Selected Memberships, Awards and Activities -
(Those indicated with * are associated with position of Interim or Executive Deputy Director, Lamont)
(Those indicated with ** are associated with position of Deputy Director Earth Institute and/or Associate Vice Provost, Columbia)
† Alternate to President George Rupp
Editor (with two others) Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth 2005-2009
Chair 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Section on Geology and Geography
Member Steering Committee Global Roundtable on Climate Change, grocc Moderator of delegates meeting, May 2005 and 2006.
Director Earth Institute Post-doctoral Fellows Program, 2005 - present
Coordinate of Science Studies for PhD in Sustainable Development in School of International and Public Affairs, 2004 - present
PhD in Sustainable Development
Chair of the Steering Committee for the Columbia State of the Planet Conferences 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006. http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/sop2006/.
Co-chair with Mike Purdy of the Steering Committee for the Columbia 250th symposium on the Earth’s Future: Taming the Climate.
Member of Cogito.org Board, John Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth- June 2005 - present
Member Praxair Corp Sustainability Council, June 2003-present
Member, New York State Greenhouse Gas Task Force – July, 2001 – 2004
Co-Chair, Task Force - London School of Economics – Columbia collaboration – January, 2001 – 2003
Chair, Biosphere2 Executive Committee, July, 2002 – Dec 2003 **
Earth Institute Academic Committee Member ** - December 1, 2000 - Present
Chair, Earth institute Council of Directors **
Member Board of Directors, Center for Environmental research and Conservation (CERC) **
Member, Waldo E. Smith Medal Committee, July 1, 2000-June 30, 2002; Chair, July 1, 2002 – June 30,2004
†Hudson River Institute Strategic and Operations Planning Sub-Committee, 2000-2003
†Hudson River Institute full Advisory Committee, 2000-2003
Co-Chair, Lamont Planning Committee, 1999 - 2002
Member, Columbia University Library Information Systems Subcommittee, October, 1999-2002
Member, Rockland Economic Development Corp. Board, August, 1999
Co-Chair, Columbia Earth Institute Planning Committee. 1996-1999
Member, Columbia’s Government Relations Advisory Group
Member, Earthscape Advisory Board for Columbia University Press, 1997-Present
Member, Planning Committee for “Oceanography: The Making of a Science” colloquia series, supported by ONR and The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment*
Member, Earth Institute Transition Team*
Member, Columbia University, DEES Planning Committee, September, 1999 - 2003
Columbia University Representative, JOIDES Executive Committee 1994-2002; presently alternate to M Purdy.
Columbia University Representative, CORE (Consortium for Ocean, Research and Education)* alternate to M Purdy
MARINE GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCHES, Editorial Board, July 1992-1998
GEOLOGY Editorial Board, July 1991-June, 1994
Associate Editor, Journal of Gephysical Research 1985-1987
Member, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member, New York Academy of Science
Member, Sigma Xi (not current)
Member, American Geophysical Union, 1994 Federal Budget Panel
Lamont-Doherty representative to JOIDES Planning Committee, 1991-1996
Chairman, International Lithosphere Program, Working Group 4, "Nature and Evolution of the Oceanic Lithosphere" 1990-1992
Member U.S. Geodynamics Committee (USGC), Jan. 1991-June, 1993
Member Ewing medal selection committee for AGU, 1990-1994
Chairman, Columbia University Press, Advisory Committee on Geosciences 1989-1996
Member Columbia Univ. Press, Faculty Advisory Comm. on Publications, 1987-1996
Chairman, MARGINS Research Initiative Comm., Oceanic Studies Board, National Research Council, 1988-1994
Member JOIDES Lithosphere Panel 1986-1990
Steinbach Visiting Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, August, 1989
Steering Comm., JOI/USSAC Workshop on Drilling Oceanic Lower Crust & Mantle, March, 1989
Organizing Committee Member RIDGE (Ridge Interdisciplinary Global Experiments) Mapping and Sampling Workshop, 1988
Representative to National Oceanographic Reflection Profiling Org. (NORPO) 1986-1988
Co-Convenor Vertical Seismic Profiling Workshop for the Ocean Drilling Program, 1987, sponsored by JOI/USSAC
Member JOIDES North Atlantic Regional Panel 1984-1986
ARCO Research Fellow, 1984
Conoco Distinguished Lectures, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, April, 1984.