- Research Focus:
- Global carbon cycle, climate change, aqueous chemistry
- (773) 702-0823
- HGS 449
I have been a professor in the Department of The Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago since 1993. I have worked on a wide range of topics pertaining to the global carbon cycle and its relation to global climate, with special focus on ocean sedimentary processes such as CaCO3 dissolution and methane hydrate formation, and their impact on the evolution of atmospheric CO2. I teach classes on global warming, environmental chemistry, and global geochemical cycles.
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, a textbook for non-science major undergraduates, Blackwell-Wiley, 2006 with Second Edition 2011. A companion web site provides access to Open Climate 101, an interactive on-line class based on video lectures followed by reinforcing quizzes, and on-line interactive models with tutorials based on the labs our students do.
The Warming Papers: The Scientific Foundation for the Climate Change Forecast, co-edited with Ray Pierrehumbert, 2010, Wiley-Blackwell.
The Global Carbon Cycle (Princeton Primers in Climate), 2010, Princeton University Press.
The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate, published by Princeton University Press, 2009.
The Climate Crisis: An introductory guide to climate change, December, 2009, Cambridge University Press.
Free Open-access Online Classes (MOOCS)
Online Interactive Models
The Climate in Chicago, a music video with Dorian Abbot and Ray Pierrehumbert, Fall, 2011.
Class lectures from PHSC 13400, Global Warming for non-science majors, Fall, 2009, as well as the videos from the Coursera class
"The Long Thaw", April 9, 2013, Notre Dame University
Global Warming in Geologic Time, Fermi National Labs, Feb 27, 2008.
Global Warming in Geologic Time, a public lecture at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada, December 6, 2006.
Natural CO2 sinks and their policy implications, from the Environmental Science Seminar Series from the American Meteorological Society, Washington, D.C., January 14, 2008.