Dr. Don J. Easterbrook, Emeritus Professor of Geology,
Western Washington University

About Don Easterbrook

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Dr. Easterbrook received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in geology from the University of Washington and taught for 40 years at Western Washington University where he has conducted research on ancient and recent global climate change in western North America, New Zealand, Argentina, and various other parts of the world.

He has written a dozen books,185 papers in professional journals, and has presented 30 research papers at international meetings in over 12 countries. In the past decade, he has published five books and 35 peer–reviewed papers in professional scientific journals.

Dr. Easterbrook's professional service includes chairman of the 1977 national meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA); president of the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of GSA; Associate Editor of the GSA Bulletin for 15 years; U.S. representative to the UN International Geological Correlation Program; and Director of Field Excursions for the 2003 International Quaternary Congress.

He has received awards for ‘Distinguished service to the Geological Society of America’, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, and Honorable mention by the American Men of Science as one of “The Most Influential Scientists in North America.” He has been featured in articles on climate change in the New York Times, and has appeared on national networks shows at MSNBC, CNN, CBS and FOX.

Dr. Easterbrook's research activities related to climate change include causes of climate change, correlation of glacial fluctuations, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, climate, and solar variation, temp changes using oxygen isotope data from the Greenland ice core, effect of CO2 on climate change, and geologic history of climate changes.

Professional Interests

  • Glacial climate change
  • Glacial geology
  • Quaternary geochronology
  • Geomorphology
  • Environmental geology