John A. Tarduno

Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Rochester
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1987
sahara  Clearing sandstorm in the Sahara (northeastern Mauritania)

Research Interests: Paleomagnetism, Geomagnetism and Geodynamics, including rates of plate tectonic, hotspot and polar wander (stability of Earth relative to the spin axis); mantle plume volcanism; the origin and long-term history of the geodynamo (paleointensity, paleosecular variation and reversal frequency); rock magnetism; environmental magnetism; Cretaceous climate

Currently Teaching: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Mountain Ranges in California: A Field Quest; Hotspots and Plate Motions; Paleomagnetism; Marine Geology; Planetary Science: Geologic Evolution and Planetary Habitability



Brief Bio

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications




Selected News Articles

Rare meteorites created in violent celestrial collision - November 2012

"Top of the World" - Undergrads discuss their experience in the High Canadian Arctic during the Summer 2012 Field Season - Rochester Review

John Tarduno weighs in on "What if Earth's Magnetic Poles Flip?" - February 2012

Oldest Measurement of Earth's Magnetic Field Reveals History of Battle Between Sun and Earth for our Atmosphere - March 5, 2010

John Tarduno and Cognitive Scientists Use Eye-Tracking Technology to Learn What Makes a Great Geologist - University of Rochester Press Release, August 12, 2009

Mantle Plumes May Bend Deep Beneath Earth's Crust - University of Rochester Press Release, April 2, 2009

Ancient Turtle Migrated from Asia to America Over a Tropical Arctic - collection of news articles related to Geology publication, February 2, 2009.

When crocodiles roamed the Arctic - New Scientist, June 18, 2008 - subscription required

John Traduno explores traveling ‘hotspots’ - Currents, February 4, 2008

Prof. Tarduno receives the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - Currents, May 14, 2007

Prof. Tarduno named Fellow of the American Geophysical Union - March 1, 2007

Prof. Tarduno named Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation - April 20, 2006

Prof. Tarduno elected fellow of AAAS - January 5, 2004

Prof. John Tarduno receives Goergen Award for Contribution to Undergraduate Education - Currents, August 27, 2001

Tarduno leads students on `Field Quest' - Currents, May 1, 2000

John Tarduno to Discuss Hawaiian Hotspots As Part of JOI/USSAC Lecture - Franklin and Marshall News Release, September, 2000

Fossil Evidence Tells of Arctic Warming - Currents, January 11, 1999

Braving the Arctic Tundra: Geology Is Where You Find It, Students Say - Rochester Review, 1997


 Professor Tarduno with students near Lone Pine, California



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