Professor Paul Myrow’s interview on The John Batchelor Show to discuss a recent article “Rapid Sea Level Rise in the Aftermath of a Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth,” published in the journal Science in early May. He co-authored the article with Ryan Ewing ’98, who was a CC geology student and is now an associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Texas A&M. A third researcher on the paper is Michael Lamb, professor at California Institute of Technology. Part 2 of the interview.

PhD., Professor of Geology

I am a sedimentary geologist with a wide array of research interests. My work has largely centered on the interpretation of sedimentary rocks and structures. I do process-oriented studies of a variety of primary sedimentary structures, bedforms, and stratification, as well as paleoenvironmental analyses of lithofacies in rocks of various ages. I also study aspects of Earth history, primarily late Precambrian and Paleozoic strata. My early work was centered on the Precambrian–Cambrian boundary interval and in later years I focused on middle/late Cambrian and earliest Ordovician history on nearly every continent. This work was extended to include detrital zircon geochronology, carbon isotope stratigraphy, and aspects of tectonic reconstructions. I have worked in the Himalaya and Southeast Asian region for the last 12 years, and have done three seasons in Antarctica, specifically the Transantarctic Mountains. I am presently involved in studies of Devonian strata of the southwest U.S.; Cambrian strata in the Rocky Mountains, Antarctica, Himalaya, and Inner Mongolia; analysis of wave ripple dynamics using a flume at MIT; and a number of other projects.

Paul Myrow CV

Research Projects

Himalaya Project

Wave Ripple Project

Upper Devonian strata of the western U.S.

Rocky Mountain Research

Transantarctic Mountains Research

Storm Deposits Research

Newfoundland Research


    • Doctor of Philosophy, Earth Science, 1987, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland.    Thesis Title: Sedimentology and depositional history of  the Chapel Island Formation [late Precambrian—Early Cambrian], southeast Newfoundland. Master of Science , Geology, 1983.
    •   The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont.   Thesis Title: Paleoenvironmental analysis of the Cheshire Formation, west central Vermont
    • Bachelor of Science, Geology, 1980, Colgate University, Hamilton,      New York.

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