Palaeomagnetism Lab Members

Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. James Channell (email: of paleomagnetism to paleogeographies in mountain belts, notably in the Alpine-Mediterranean area. The objective has been to reconstruct the pre-deformational relative position of rock bodies (on scales from individual thrust sheets to entire continents). Also applies magnetic polarity stratigraphy to the generation of geologic time scales. Studies of the climate archive in sediments face the challenge of millennial-scale correlation of climate-proxy records that usually cannot be provided by the stable isotopes, biostratigraphy or radiometric ages. Variations in the intensity of the geomagnetic dipole field, when recorded in sediments, appear to provide the desired means of global correlation. High-resolution records of geomagnetic field behavior from Quaternary deep-sea sediment drifts have provided a clearer picture of the spatial and temporal characteristics of geomagnetic (secular) variation, including the detailed recording of polarity reversals and excursions that are now being used to constrain computer-generated models of the geodynamo. Fellow of the AGU.
  • Dr. Neil D. Opdyke (email:, magnetostratigraphy, paleoclimatology, and paleogeography of the Phanerozoic. Fellow of the AGU and member of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr. Joseph G. Meert (email: is aimed at deciphering the assembly and breakup of Proterozoic-Early Paleozoic supercontinents using a combination of paleomagnetism and geochronology. The research bears directly on issues regarding ancient paleoclimates (such as the Snowball Earth hypothesis), geodynamics (plate speed limits and true polar wander) and the evolutionary pulse and the beginning of the Phanerozoic. He is also interested in the evolutionary behavior of the earth’s magnetic field and hypotheses regarding long-term non-dipole components.
  • Dr. Bruce J. MacFadden (email: paleontology, magnetic stratigraphy of Cenozoic mammal-bearing deposits in the New World, systematics of fossil horses, and stable isotope paleoecological reconstruction.
  • Dr. Kainian Huang (email: and tectonics, especially the application of paleomagnetism to terrane motion, rotation and amalgamation in China. Management of the paleomagnetic laboratory.

Current Students

  • Daphne Douglas (M.S. Student, 2014)