Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

James Russell

Senior Associate Dean of Dean of the Faculty, Professor
GeoChem Building
Room 143
Research Interests Earth History, Environmental Science, Oceans Ice and Atmospheres, Geochemistry
Pronouns he/him


I am a climate scientist and geochemist working to understand tropical environmental change. I received my bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University in 1998 and my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Minnesota. Broadly, I am interested in the patterns and mechanisms of tropical climate variability and change, and the impacts of climate change on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. My research group develops and applies organic geochemical, isotopic, and sedimentological tools to lake sediments to reconstruct climate and environmental change, and we use these paleoenvironmental records to test predictions from climate models. I have active field programs on four continents and enjoy cooking, anything outdoors, and working with students.