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Christopher Scotese

  • PhD Geophysical Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Northwestern University
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Research interests

PaleobiogeographyPaleontologyPaleoceanographyPaleoclimatologyPaleogeographyPlate TectonicsEarth HistoryEarth SciencesGeology


I am working on a book, "Earth History: The Evolution of the Earth System". A variety of paleo-Atlases are now available, as well as Map Folios for specific time intervals (see "Contibutions"). My animations can viewed on YouTube at ( For Google Earth paleoglobes, visit My most recent publications are: An Atlas of Lithologic Indicators of Climate, a Phanerozoic Temperature Curve, and a new Plate Tectonic Flipbook. -

Co-authors (169)

  • León Felipe Chaparro Vargas
  • Clinton Crowley

Publications (5)

  • Elevated CO<inf>2</inf>degassing rates prevented the return of Snowball Earth during the Phanerozoic

    • Mills B
    • Scotese C
    • Walding N
    • et al.
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  • Environmentally driven extinction and opportunistic origination explain fern diversification patterns

    • Lehtonen S
    • Silvestro D
    • Karger D
    • et al.
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  • Pangaean aggregation and disaggregation with evidence from global climate belts

    • Xu C
    • Boucot A
    • Scotese C
    • et al.
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  • Metallogenesis and tectonics of the Russian Far East, Alaska and the Canadian Cordillera

    • Nokleberg W
    • Bundtzen T
    • Eremin R
    • et al.
  • A Computer Animation of Continental Drift

    • Scotese C
    • Snelson S
    • Ross W
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Adjunct Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Northwestern University

September 2016 - Present

Full Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Texas at Arlington

August 1990 - June 2013(23 years)

Research Scientist

Shell Development Company, Bellaire Research Center

July 1987 - July 1990(3 years)

Research Scientist (post-doc)

University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Geophysics

January 1984 - June 1987(3 years)

Education history


University of Chicago, Geophysical Sciences

September 1976 - March 1985(9 years)

B.S. (Geology)

University of Illinois, Chicago Circle

September 1971 - June 1976(5 years)

Highschool diploma

St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL

September 1967 - June 1971(4 years)