The newest professor in the Department of Geological Sciences is Braddock Linsley, a paleoclimatologist a reconstructor of climates of the past.
Linsley currently is using large ocean corals to reconstruct the climate over the last several hundred years. The study, funded by grants from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, will apply his findings to the subject of global warming.
Is it occurring naturally, Linsley asks, or due to humans intervention? "To answer that question I'm looking to see whether similar warmings have occurred in the past by reconstructing temperature," he said.
Results from Linsley's research have been published in several leading publications in his field, including the Journal of Geophysical Research and Paleoceanography, as well as the Ocean Drilling Program Proceedings.
The courses he is teaching this semester include an undergraduate class, "Environmental Geology". Next semester he will teach "Environmental Hydrogeology" at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Linsley is also working on a proposed B.A. major in environmental sciences that will "combine geology and atmospheric science." He said that one reason he chose Albany was to help develop this new initiative that would offer students interested in environmental science a brand new opportunity.
"It's fun and exciting to be doing something new and developing whole new classes," he said.
Linsley received his master's degree from Rice University and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. This is his first year of teaching.
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