Earth Institute Staff Directory

Dr. Dennis Kent

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist , Biology and Paleo Environment , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) , The Earth Institute

Paleomagnetics Lab, LDEO
61 Route 9W
PO Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964

BIOGRAPHY: DENNIS V. KENT is Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at Rutgers University. He is an author of more than 300 journal and book articles (h-index of 85 on Google Scholar) dealing with paleogeography, paleoclimate and the long-term carbon cycle, true and apparent polar wander, paleosecular variation and the tempo of geomagnetic polarity reversals, and other aspects of Earth magnetism. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dennis Kent was awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America, the Vening Meinesz Medal from Delft University in Holland, the Petrus Peregrinus Medal from the European Geophysical Union, the William Gilbert Award from AGU, and received an honorary doctorate (Docteur honoris causa) from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris-Sorbonne, France. He has served as a member and a term as chair of the governing boards of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International; as president of the Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section of AGU; as elected member-at-large of the section on Geology and Geography of AAAS; and on the editorial advisory board of the Elsevier journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He received his B.S. in geology from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from Columbia University. He is married and they have one married daughter and live in Piermont, New York.