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Dr. Tim Patterson is a Professor of Geology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received both a B.Sc. in Biology (1980) and a B.A. in Geology (1983) from Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986 with the late Professor Helen Tappan Loeblich and late Dr. Alfred R. Loeblich. After brief stints as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and as a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California he was appointed to the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1999. Tim in action

He was appointed an International Fellow in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at the Queen's University of Belfast in 2006.

Tim Patterson was a founding executive editor of the electronic journal Palaeontologia Electronica. He served as associate Editor of Micropaleontology (1990-1997) and served 14 years as Associate Editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research (1995-2008).

He was Canadian leader of the UNESCO supported International Geological Correlation Programme Project (IGCP) 367 "Late Quaternary Coastal Records of Rapid Change" (1994-1997) and 495 "Quaternary Land-Ocean interactions" from 2005-2009.

Tim Patterson has made ~250 scholarly contributions, including ~135 peer-reviewed research papers. He utilizes micropaleontological, sedimentological and geochemical techniques to:

  • study of paleoclimate records in Holocene lacustrine, marine, and bog environments to assess the dynamics of climate variability.
  • assess the impact of anthropogenic land-use change on natural lacustrine systems.
  • investigate the dynamics of sea-level change utilizing fossil salt marsh deposits.

For his research efforts he was awarded a 2002-2003 Carleton University Research Achievement Award for 'outstanding research'.

His personal interests include: Liz, Malcolm, Calder and Heather, fast computers, spacious SUVs, fishing, deer and bird hunting, gardening, genealogy, roman coins, home repair (not sure that this is actually a hobby), and various science fiction series. All in all the perfect demographic.

Family at Tim Patterson's house
Malcolm Patterson HS graduation Calder fishing

Heather kayaking


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