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Christopher Scotese

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985
B.S. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1976


Professor Scotese retired from teaching at the University of Texas, Arlington, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2013.  He is now a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Northwestern University.  He continues to collaborate with several research groups on topics concerning the history of the Earth System, but his main focus is a book entitled: “Earth History, the Evolution of the Earth System”. He is the coauthor of more than 100 scientific publications, and his maps and animations have been used in numerous geological textbooks, scientific research papers, and are on display in museums worldwide.

Selected Publications

Upchurch, G.R., Kiehl, J., Shields, C., Scherer, J., and Scotese, C.R., 2015. Latitudinal temperature gradients and high-latitude temperatures during the latest Cretaceous: Congruence of geologic data and climate models, Geology, v. 43, p.683-686.

Osen, A., Winguth, A., Winguth, C., and C.R. Scotese, 2013. Sensitivity of Late Permian climate to bathymetric features and implications for the mass extinction, Global and Planetary Change, 105:171-179.

Chatterjee, S., Goswami, A., and C.R. Scotese, 2013. The longest voyage: Tectonic, magmatic, and paleoclimatic evolution of the Indian plate during its northward flight from Gondwana to Asia, Gondwana Research, 23: 238-267.

Boucot, A.J., Chen Xu, and Scotese, C.R, 2013. Phanerozoic Paleoclimate: An Atlas of Lithologic Indicators of Climate, SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology, (Printed Map Folio), No. 11, 478 pp., ISBN 978-1-56576-282-4, October 2013, Society for Sedimentary Geology, Tulsa, OK.

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