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Michael Bender Teaching

GEO 102A (without lab) & GEO 102B (with lab) -
CLIMATE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE 

An introduction to the processes and conditions that control Earth’s climate; an overview of past climate evolution on various time scales, from the full sweep of Earth time to the period of human history; and an investigation of ongoing and predicted future climate changes, including the potential for human activities to alter climate and the impacts of climate change on environment and society. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory.  Intended for students not concentrating in science or engineering. [Bender, Sigman]

GEO 362 - EARTH’S CLIMATE HISTORY

The nature and causes of major events in Earth’s 4 billion year climate history.  The course integrates topics in stable isotope geochemistry that are fundamental to understanding surface processes, past and present.

GEO 364 - EARTH CHEMISTRY: THE
MAJOR REALMS OF THE PLANET (CHM)

History and dynamics of the core, mantle, crust, ocean and atmosphere as reflected in their geochemical properties. [Bender, Sigman]

GEO 505 - FUNDMENTALS OF THE GEOSCIENCES I

Topics include the origin and interior of the Earth, plate tectonics, geodynamics, the history of life on Earth, the composition of the Earth, its oceans and atmospheres, past climate. [See all faculty]

GEO 538 - PALEOCLIMATOLOGY

A discussion of major climatic events in Earth history and their causes. Topics include Snowball Earth, Paleozoic glaciations, warm Cretaceous climates, major climate events of the Cenozoic, and Pleistocene ice ages. We will analyze these climate events in the context of Earth's radiative balance, greenhouse warming, interactions between the atmosphere and biosphere, and modeling studies of oceans, atmosphere, and paleoclimate.

GEO 567 - GEOCHEMISTRY

A review of the chemical composition of Earth's major realms, the governing processes, & their temporal evolution. This course examines the origin & chemistry of the solar system; chemistry of the core, mantle, and oceanic crust, and continental crust; the origin and evolution of the oceans and atmosphere, the modern cycles of nutrients, carbon, and O2; and weathering. These topics review through the prisms of the theory of the origin of the solar system, geodynamics, biogeochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, and radiogenic isotope geochemistry.