Peter Schlosser

Deputy Director and Director of Research

Dr. Peter Schlosser is the Deputy Director and Director of Research of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He is also a Senior Staff Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, with research interests focusing on the application of noble gases and other isotopes to natural systems with emphasis on the oceans and groundwater. Schlosser's research is directed towards understanding the Earth’s natural water bodies including oceans, groundwater and continental waters, their perturbation by human activity, and the possibility to design engineering solutions to the problems by their development. Schlosser also chairs the Academic Committee, the Cross-Cutting Initiative and the Earth Clinic at the Earth Institute.

Following his PhD, Schlosser worked as an assistant professor at the University of Heidelberg. He came to Columbia University in 1989 and served as Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering from 2000 to 2003. He was Vetleson Fellow and visiting professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1994. Schlosser is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Oceanography Society, and the European Geophysical Union. He is a past member of the steering committees of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, the Climate Variability and Predictability Program, the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study, and the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Program. He is also a past member of National Academy of Science panels on the International Polar Year and the Arctic Observing Network. He served as a co-chair of two Arctic Research Commission/NSF Working Groups on Arctic Research Support and Logistics. He is currently the chair of the science steering committee of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change and member of the science steering group of the International Study of Arctic Change. Schlosser has one hundred thirty-three refereed publications and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans from 1999 to 2002.

Schlosser received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1981, and his Ph.D. in physics from the same institution in 1985.

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