Professor Richard G. Fairbanks

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Richard G. Fairbanks


210 Isotope Laboratory
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
Palisades, N.Y. 10964
phone: 845-356-8499 (office); 845-365-8399 (lab)
fax: 845-365-8154


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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - 1977, Brown University (Earth Sciences)
M.Sc. - 1974, Brown University (Earth Sciences)
B.Sc. - 1972, St. Lawrence University (Earth Sciences/Physics)

Professional Appointments

1991-present: Professor Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
1998-1999: visiting Professorship, Physics Institute, University of Bern
1990-1996: Science Leader, Oceans and Climate Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
1985-1996: Executive Committee, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
1991-1995: Administrative Board, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
1988-1990: NSF Ice Core Working Group
1986-1988: Global Ocean Flux Study, benthic working group
1985-present: Executive Committee, Climate Center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
1983-present: Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory
1978-1983: Research Associate, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory.
1973-Consulting Geologist, ERICO Inc.
1973-1976 Guest Student Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
1972-1977 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Brown University.
1972-Exploration Geologist, Barymine Explorations


2001 - Maurice Ewing Medal
2001 - American Geophysical Union Fellow
2000 - Geological Society of America Fellow
1996 - Rosenstiel Medal
1982 - ARCO Foundation Fellow
1977 - Lamont-Doherty-Geological Observatory Post-doctoral Fellow
1974 - 1975 National Science Foundation Fellow

Editorial Boards

2001- present: Associate Editor Geological Society of America Bulletin
1992-2000: Board of Reviewing Editors Science
1992-1996: Associate Editor Paleoceanography

Professional Affiliations:

Sigma Xi, Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences

Academic Research Interests:

climatology/paleoceanography, carbon cycle, sea level history, radio-isotope dating via mass spectrometry, isotope water-mass tracers, planktonic foraminifera chemistry and ecology, deep water circulation history, coral chemistry, mass spectrometry

Graduate Advisor:

Robley K. Matthews (Brown University)

Graduate Advisees:

Delia Oppo, Christina Ravelo, Julia Cole, Chris Charles, Jean Lynch-Steiglitz, Tom Guilderson, Michael Evans (MS), Samar Khatiwala (MS), James Bronzan (MS), Kevin Cooney(MS), Ph.D. candidates: Tzu-chien Chiu, Li Cao, Lissett Britt, Jacob Mey

Post-doc Advisees:

Ken Miller, Aldo Shemesh, Edouard Bard, Leslie Reynolds, Neil Slowey, James Wright, Stephanie Reynaud-Vaganay
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