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Christopher Scotese

Adjunct Professor. Emeritus Professor, University of Texas

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. Additional information can be found at the PALEOMAP website, the Global Geology website, Professor Scotese's YouTube channel, or his ResearchGate webpage.

Selected Publications


Cao, W., Williams, S., Flament, N., Zahirovic, S., Scotese, C.R., and Müller, R.D., 2019. Paleolatitudinal distribution of lithologic indicators of climate in a paleogeographic framework, Geological Magazine, v. 156, no. 2, p. 331-354.

de Lurdes Fonseca, M., Scotese, C.R., and Cachao, M., 2019. Late Cretaceous paleobiogeography of Braarudosphaera bigelowi, Marine Micropaleontology, 152: XX-XX,

Hagen, O., Vaterlaus, L., Albouy, C., Brown, A.,  Leugger, F., Onstein, R.E., Novaes de Santana, C., Scotese, C., and Pellissier, L., 2019. Mountain building, climate cooling and the richness of cold‐adapted plants in the Northern Hemisphere, Journal of Biogeography, 00:1–16, doi: 10.1111/jbi.13653

Mills, B.J.W., Krause, A.J., Scotese, C.R., Hill, D.J., Shields, G.A., and Lenton, T.M., 2019. Modelling the long-term carbon cycle, atmospheric CO2, and Earth surface temperature from late Neoproterozoic to present-day, Gondwana Research, v. 67, p. 172-186, doi: 10.1016/ 1342-937.

Ogg, J.G., Scotese, C.R., Hou, M., Chen, A., Ogg, G.M., and Zhong, Hanting, 2019. Global Paleogeography through the Proterozoic and Phanerozoic: Goals and Challenges, Acta Geologica Sinica, 93 (supp.1): 59-60.

Pohl, A., Laugié, M., Borgomano, J.,  Michel, J., Lanteaume, C., Scotese, C., Frau, C., Poli, E., Donnadieu, Y., 2019. Quantifying the paleogeographic driver of Cretaceous carbonate platform development using paleoecological niche modeling, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 514:222-232,


Green, M.J.A., Davies, H., Duarte, J.C., Creveling, J.R., and Scotese, C.R., 2020. Weak  tides during Cryogenian glaciations, (in review)

Kocsis, A., Reddin, C., Scotese, C.R., Valdes, P.J., and Kiessling, W., 2020. Phanerozoic marine provinciality and paleobiogeography, (in review).

Kocsis, A., and Scotese, C.R., 2020. Mapping habitat distribution and paleocoastlines over the Phanerozoic, Earth-Science Reviews (in review).

Range, M.M., Arbic, B., Johnson, B.C., Moore, T.C., Adcroft, A.J., Ansong, J.K., Ritsema, J., and Scotese, C.R., 2020. The Chicxulub impact produced a powerful global tsunami (in review).

Royer, D.L. and Scotese, C.R., 2020. Phanerozoic temperature history supports CO2 as a primary climate driver, Geology (Geology, in review).

Scotese, C.R., 2020. Global Warming during the next 300 years, A Global Warming Calculator (student exercise with Excel spreadsheet), PALEOMAP Project, Evanston, IL. 49 pp.

Scotese, C.R., and van der Pluijm, 2020. Deconstructing Tectonics: Ten Animated Explorations, Earth and Space Sciences (in press)

Scotese, C.R., 2020. An Atlas of Phanerozoic Paleogeographic Maps: The Seas Come In and the Seas Go Out, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, (in press)

Scotese, C.R., Song, H., Mills, B.J.W., and van der Meer, D., 2020. Phanerozoic Paleotemperatures: The Earth’s Changing Climate during the last 540 million years, Earth-Science Reviews (in review).

Valdes, P.J., Scotese, C.R., and Lunt, D.J., 2020. Deep ocean temperatures through time, Climates of the Past (in press).