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Dr. Stephen R. Meyers
Assistant Professor
Department of Geoscience

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2003

Quantitative Stratigraphy, Paleoclimatology, Sedimentary Geochemistry

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My research primarily addresses three topics: the mechanisms of climate change, the controls on the global carbon cycle, and the measurement of geologic time. These subjects are fundamentally interrelated, as there are linkages between climate and the carbon cycle, while the establishment of reliable chronologies is essential for evaluating climate forcing mechanisms and determining rates of climatic and biogeochemical change in Earth's past. My interdisciplinary approach to investigating these topics integrates data (primarily geochemical, sedimentologic and stratigraphic) with novel modeling and statistical techniques, to unravel the history of the climate system, oceans and geosphere.

While I am involved in a wide range of geoscience research, at present I am especially active in the development of quantitative approaches for the construction and evaluation of astronomical time scales, the intercalibration of astrochronologic and radioisotopic data, and the evaluation of Earth System responses to orbital-insolation changes.


  • CAREER: Deciphering the Beat of a Timeless Rhythm - The Future of Astrochronology, Stephen Meyers (PI), NSF Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program. (view abstract)
  • Collaborative Research: Evolution of the Climate Continuum- Late Paleogene to Present, Stephen Meyers (Lead-PI) and Linda Hinnov (Co-PI), NSF Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (Lead program Marine Geology and Geophysics). (view abstract)
  • Collaborative Research: Integrating Radioisotopic and Astronomical Time Scales for the Cretaceous, Bradley Singer (Lead-PI), Stephen Meyers (Co-PI), and Bradley Sageman (Co-PI), NSF Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program. (view abstract)


    Trevor Nace (B.S. Thesis, 2008), now pursuing a Ph.D. at Duke University.

    Kristin Larkins (M.S., 2009), now at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. THESIS

    Bo He (M.S., 2010), now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. THESIS

    Dylan Malynn (M.S., 2011), now at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (civil/environmental consultants). THESIS

    Chao Ma (M.S., 2012; now a Ph.D. Candidate)

    Miao Du (M.S., 2013)

    Andrew Walters (M.S., 2013)

    Wesley Ingram (Ph.D., 2013), now at Weatherford Laboratories (geological/geotechnical consultants).

    Wasinee Aswasereelert (Ph.D. Candidate, expected completion Spring 2014), Lecturer, Kasetsart University, Department of Earth Sciences


    IsoAstro Geochronology Workshop: The integration and intercalibration of radioisotopic and astrochronologic time scales
    Applications are now available for this workshop, to be held August 18-23, 2014 at UW-Madison. You can find more information HERE.

    Page last updated January 10, 2014

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