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Ethan Hyland


I currently teach Sedimentology & Stratigraphy, Paleontology, and Field Camp at the undergraduate level, and Paleoclimate & Paleoecology and Isotope Geochemistry at the graduate level.

My group does field and lab-based research on sediments and fossils from around the world in order to understand past climates and environments, and we are currently looking for new members!

Research Description

My research falls into three main categories: 1) sedimentology and stratigraphy, which includes examining modern and paleo-critical zone processes or using chemostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, and basin-scale macrostratigraphy to describe past depositional environments; 2) paleoclimatology and paleoecology, which includes developing and integrating terrestrial records (paleosols, paleobotany) to describe past climate and ecology or using proxy records to develop comparative models of major climate events; and 3) geochemistry, which includes using paleosol geochemistry and magnetic mineralogy to develop new paleoclimate proxies or developing new methods and applications for organic, traditional carbonate, or clumped isotope chemistry and thermometry.


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Ph.D., Geology, University of Michigan (2014)
Gr.C., Public Policy (Science & Technology), University of Michigan (2013)
M.S., Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan (2012)
B.A., Geology, Carleton College (2008)

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