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Last Updated: 7/27/2012

Ellen Thomas

Affiliation/Institution: Geology & Geophysics, Yale University
Phone: 203-432-5928
Email: ellen.thomas@yale.edu

Academic
University prior to coming to ASU: Utrecht University
Status at ASU: Post doc and SEM technician
Time period at ASU: 1981 Ð 1982

My family and myself

Husband/Wife: Joop Varekamp

Spouse: Johan C. Varekamp (Joop); we're both ex-7*Mers. I worked on particulate air pollution using the SEM, way back in 1979-1980, and included some work on particulate from volcanoes (e.g., Mt. St. Helens).

Children:
Dylan Thomas Varekamp, born 7-1-1986, graduated May 2008 Reed College, Portland (OR), majored in classical languages, and now building bicycles in Portland, OR.

Daphne Sasha Varekamp, born 12-9-1989, graduated in May 2011 from Allegheny College in PA, majored in philosophy and classical languages, and now works with pets in Middletown CT.

Position: Since January 2006 I am a senior research scientist at Yale (Geology and Geophysics) working mainly with Karl Turekian and Mark Pagani. After working as staff scientist for the Deep Sea Drilling Project at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, I spent many years as a research professor at Wesleyan University, with a spell as Lecturer at Cambridge University (1990-1992), a semester in Kyoto, Japan (Doshisha University; 1995) and a semester in Bologna, Italy (2005). Much of my research is based on Ocean Drilling Program (now IODP) material, with a focus on extreme warm climates of the early Paleogene, extinctions in the deep sea, and the glaciation of Antarctica. In addition, I am working with Joop Varekamp on eutrophication and other anthropogenic effects on Long Island Sound environments, as traced by changes in benthic foraminifera, and their isotopic and trace element signature. The last few years I have worked on biological and geochemical proxies for ocean acidification and oxygenation state.

I am presently one of the editors of Geology, and have been editor of the journal Marine Micropaleontology, and serve on the editorial board of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, and on the Board of Directors of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, of which I was president in 2004-2005. I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences and the International Sub-commission on Paleogene Stratigraphy. I sometimes teach benthic foraminifera in the Summer School of Paleoclimatology, Urbino. Italy. I served an various committees linked to ocean drilling, and was one of the 2004-2005 Distinguished Lecturers, of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (http://www.usssp-iodp.org/Education/DLS/2004_2005.html)

E-mail: ellen.thomas@yale.edu; Ofice phone: 203-432-5928.

Office address:
Department of Geology & Geophysics
Yale University
P.O. Box 208109
New Haven CT 06520-8109
USA

7 * M Research Group at Arizona State University
http://7starm.asu.edu/