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Martin Stute

Ann Whitney Olin Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Martin Stute, Ann Whitney Olin Associate Professor of Environmental Science, began teaching at Barnard in 1993 and became a full-time faculty member in 1995. He presently serves as Associate Chair of Barnard's Department of Environmental Science. Professor Stute holds a concurrent position as Adjunct Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Professor Stute teaches such courses as “Biosphere,” “Climate and Water,” “Science and Society,” and “Environmental Case Studies.” His research interests include water resources, paleoclimate, mathematical modeling of environmental phenomena, and the social and economic impact of global environmental change.

Regarding his development as an environmental scientist, Professor Stute says, "I knew early on that I wanted to dedicate my career to environmental issues and studied physics, because there was no such thing as environmental science back then. My PhD thesis research topic at the University of Heidelberg focused on novel tracer techniques to study the dynamics of ground water flow, and the use of ground water as an archive of paleoclimate. I have been interested in water issues ever since and can still hardly resist to take a plunge into a thermal spring I encounter or take a sip from a well that might tap an interesting aquifer. I believe that water will play an increasingly important role in our attempts to achieve a sustainable global development."

Selected Publications:

“Glacial temperatures and moisture transport regimes reconstructed from noble gases and δ18O, Stampriet aquifer, Namibia: Isotope techniques in studying past and current environmental changes in the hydrosphere and the atmosphere,” with S. Talma,proceedings of an International Conference in Vienna, Austria. International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (1998): 307-318.

 “Tritium/3He dating of river infiltration: An example from the Danube in the Szigetkoez area, Hungary,” with J. Deak, K. Revesz, J. K. Boehlke, E. Deseoe, R. Weppernig, and P. Schlosser, Ground Water Vol. 35, No. 5 (1997): 905-911.

 “SF6 -3He tracer release experiment: A new method of determining longitudinal dispersion coefficients in large rivers,” with J. F. Clark, P. Schlosser and H. J. Simpson, Environmental Science & Technology Vol. 30 (1996): 1527-1532.

“Extraterrestrial 3He as a constant-flux tracer for paleoceanographic studies,” with F. Marcantonio, R. F. Anderson, N. Kumar, P. Schlosser, and A. Mix,Nature Vol. 383 (1996): 705-707.

 “Cooling of tropical Brazil 5°C during the last glacial maximum,” with M. Forster, H. Frischkorn, A. Serejo, J. F. Clark, P. Schlosser, W. S. Broecker, and G. Bonani, ScienceVol. 269 (1995): 379-383.

“Principles and Applications of the Noble Gas Paleothermometer,” with P. Schlosser, Climate Change in Continental Isotopic Records of Geophysical Monograph Series Vol. 78 (1993): 89-100.

“Paleotemperatures in the southwestern United States derived from noble gas measurements in groundwater,” with P. Schlosser, J. F. Clark, and W. S. Broecker, Science Vol. 256 (1992): 1000-1003.

Academic Focus: 

Environmental science
Sustainable development
Water resources


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BS, MA, PhD, University of Heidelberg