T. Patterson

243 SC
(613) 520-2600 Ext. 4425
tim [dot] patterson [at] carleton [dot] ca

Dr. Tim Patterson is a Professor of Geology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He 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 the late Professor Helen Tappan Loeblich and late Dr. Alfred R. Loeblich. After brief stints as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and as a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California he was appointed to the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1999. 

He was appointed an International Fellow in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at the Queen's University of Belfast in 2006.

Tim Patterson was a founding executive editor of the electronic journal Palaeontologia Electronica. He served as associate Editor of Micropaleontology (1990-1997) and has just stepped down from serving a 14 year stint as Associate Editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research (1995-2008).

He is Canadian leader of the UNESCO supported International Geological Correlation Programme Project (IGCP) 495 "Quaternary Land-Ocean interactions" and was appointed chairman of the International Climate Science Coalition in 2008.

Tim Patterson has made ~200 scholarly contributions, including ~120 peer-reviewed research papers. He utilizes micropaleontological, sedimentological and geochemical techniques to:

  • study of paleoclimate records in Holocene lacustrine, marine, and bog environments to assess the dynamics of climate variability.
  • assess the impact of anthropogenic land-use change on natural lacustrine systems.
  • investigate the dynamics of sea-level change utilizing fossil salt marsh deposits.

For his research efforts he was awarded a 2002-2003 Carleton University Research Achievement Award for 'outstanding research'.

His personal interests include fast computers, fast vans (he is a family man after all), Liz and the kids, fishing, deer hunting, gardening, genealogy, roman coins, home repair (not sure that this is actually a hobby), and the various Stargate series- the perfect demographic.