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A new documentary about the environment, produced and narrated by Leonardo diCaprio, lists Peter deMenocal '82 as one of the 72 experts consulted for the film, titled The 11th Hour.

deMenocal is is an associate research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. His research focuses on analyzing the geochemistry and composition of marine sediments in order to reconstruct past changes in ocean circulation and terrestrial climate, with a primary focus on the signatures and causes of tropical-extratropical climate linkages over various timescales. His most current research focuses on African climate change and its link to early human evolution over the last several million years, signatures of ocean and climate variability over the last 12,000 years of the present warm climate period, and paleoclimate applications of climate model simulations. deMenocal earned the Ph.D. and master's degree from Columbia University, as well as a master's degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. His St. Lawrence degree is in geology.

An adjunct research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, with whom deMenocal has collaborated on several published papers, is classmate Brad Linsley '82, associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at SUNY Albany. Linsley also earned his St. Lawrence degree in geology, and the Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

More information: Official Web site for The 11th Hour

Peter deMenocal's Web site

Science at St. Lawrence

Posted: August 30, 2007

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