Marine Geology, Paleoceanography, Stratigraphy, Micropaleontology, Paleobiology
Of greatest interest is to help develop better understanding of the past global environmental/ paleoclimatic changes and to evaluate the dynamic interactions that constantly occurred in the past between the several global spheres (lithosphere, ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere).
How has the global climate changed during the classic ice-age period and how has this affected North American climate? What is the history and causes of abrupt climate changes? What is the origin of climatic behavior, at brief and longer intervals in the recent ice-age period? How and when has instability of methane hydrates affected abrupt climatic change? What is the record of biological evolution in the oceans and how does this help with the understanding of biotic evolutionary processes? Data related to this and other questions are generated in light stable isotope mass spectrometry and micropaleontological and sedimentary laboratories.
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Prof. Kennett is retired and is not teaching and is not accepting graduate students.