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Dr. R. Tim Patterson is a Professor of Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He uses sediments, microfossils and geochemistry to study evidence of past and present climate change in lake and oceanic sediments, his CU biography states. [1]

Patterson is a member of the Science Advisory Board for Friends of Science and appeared in the FoS anti-Kyoto video entitled "Climate Catastrophe Cancelled". He is also a member of the Science Advisory Committee for the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, a Canadian non-profit group, including a number of leading climate change sceptics, that was launched October 12, 2006. [2]

Patterson partcipated in the Kyoto's Fatal Flaws Revealed press conference, organized by Tom Harris of APCO Worldwide and held in Ottawa on November 13, 2002, along with other climate change sceptics including Fred Singer and Tim Ball.

Patterson also delivered remarks at the Risk: Regulation and Reality Conference, co-hosted by Tech Central Station, and held on October 7, 2004 in Toronto, ON.

Patterson says that he "has never received any funding whatsoever from any non-governmental agency" (as stated in a section, written by himself, in a previous version of this article).

Patterson on CO2 levels and global warming

In 2005, "US paleoclimatologist Tim Patterson told a congressional committee ... that there was no meaningful correlation between carbon dioxide levels and Earth's temperature during this geologic time frame.

"'In fact, when carbon dioxide levels were over 10 times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half-billion years,' Patterson said." [3]

Profiles

Carleton University

According to his Carleton University biography, last updated October 14, 2005, Patterson "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 Dr. Helen Tappan Loeblich and late Dr. Alfred R. Loeblich. After brief stints at the University of Southern California and University of California at Berkeley he joined Carleton University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1999.

"He is Canadian leader of the International Geological Correlation Program Project IGCP 495 'Quaternary Land-Ocean interactions' and is Principal Investigator of a Canadian Foundation For Climate and Atmospheric Sciences project studying high-resolution Holocene climate records from anoxic fjords and coast lakes in British Columbia.

"Other areas of research interest include the use of marsh foraminifera to identify neotectonic and paleo-sea level changes in coastal British Columbia and New Brunswick, the further development of arcellacea as a new class of paleolimnological indicators, and to determine whether the methods of non-linear dynamics are applicable in the study of evolutionary phenomena."

Research

Patterson is "Principal Investigator for two major research initiatives: a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Strategic Project studying the effect of past climate change (on scales varying from seasonal to millennia) on fish populations that are important to the North American west coast fishing industry; and a Canadian Foundation For Climate and Atmospheric Sciences that is investigating climate cyclicity as recorded in the varved sediments preserved in anoxic fjords along the coast of British Columbia. Other areas of research interest include the use of foraminifera to identify neotectonic and paleoceanographic phenomena on the west coast of Canada, the further development of arcellacea as a new class of paleolimnological indicators, and to determine whether the methods of non-linear dynamics are applicable in the study of evolutionary phenomena."—Staff Bio, Palaeontologia Electronica. [4]

Contact details

Phone: 613 520-2600 ext. 4425
E-mail: tpatters AT earthsci.carleton.ca
Web Site: http://www.carleton.ca/~tpatters/

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Profiles

Articles and Presentationa by Tim Patterson

Articles & commentary