Research currently conducted by eight (8) faculty members in the Geology Department at Baylor University focuses on Terrestrial Paleoclimatology, in which climates (precipitation, temperature), landscapes and ecosystems, and paleoatmospheric chemistries (pCO2, pO2) of the past are reconstructed at temporal scales ranging from hundreds to millions of years. Such research efforts on terrestrial paleoclimates of the Earth's past are strategically placed within the National Research Council's "Critical Zone" directive, through interdisciplinary study of soils, terrestrial sediments and biota, conducted in both modern and ancient environments. Research in ancient climates recorded in the geologic past provides us our only means of testing climate models for the future, particularly the anticipated climate change predicted for the future that would be brought about by increased anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.
The following Baylor Geology faculty members currently conduct research in Terrestrial Paleoclimatology.
Professor & Chair (Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln)
Professor and Graduate Program Director (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Professor (Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin)
Dr. Steven L. Forman
Professor (Ph.D., University of Colorado - Boulder)
Professor (Ph.D., Penn State University)
Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Ohio State University)
Professor and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Yale University)