Gerald Rustic

Gerald Rustic

Gerald T. Rustic, Assistant Professor

rustic@rowan.edu
856-256-5277
221B Rowan Hall

The TROPIC lab is currently investigating surface and subsurface hydrology of the Eastern Tropical Pacific through the Holocene to understand climate variability over the
last 10,000 years.
 
Courses taught:
GEOL 01101 Physical Geology
GEOL 01102 Earth Through Time
GEOL 01131 Earth in Transition
GEOL 01133 Climate, Catastrophes, Civilizations and Collapses
GEOL 01230 Paleoclimatology
GEOL 01250 Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions
GEOL 01435 The Ice Ages and Quaternary Geology
 
Research keywords: ENSO, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, climate change, oceanography, foraminifera, laboratory methods
 
Research
Dr. Rustic is a paleoceanographer and paleoclimatologist. He studies how the Earth’s climate varied in the past and in particular how the El Niño Southern Oscillation has influenced (and been influenced by) climate changes in Earth’s history. He uses various proxies to reconstruct past ocean conditions, including the chemical and isotopic composition of single-celled organisms called foraminifera and the amounts of organic molecules called alkenones produced by algae. Foraminifera are wonderful little geochemists that record oceanic conditions through time, providing a window into past climates. After all, the Earth’s surface is 70% water, and the ocean and its interactions with the atmosphere are vital components of the global climate system! Dr. Rustic’s lab is The Rowan Oceanography – Paleoceanography Investigation Center, or TROPIC.
 
Education
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
2015 Ph.D. Earth and Environmental Sciences, City University of New York
2013 M.Phil. Earth and Environmental Sciences, City University of New York
2011 M.S. Environmental Science, Rutgers University
1995 B.S. Biology and Geology, University of Rochester
 
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