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  • Lawrence Tanner

    Lawrence Tanner

    Professor, Environmental Science Systems

    Science Center Addition 210
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    PHONE:

    (315) 445-4537


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    Director, Center for the Study of Environmental Change
    Program Director, Environmental Science SystemsEnvironmental Studies

    Awards

    Rev. Richard M. McKeon, S.J., Scholar of the Year 2012
    Louis D. De Gennaro, Undergraduate Mentor Award 2013
    Joseph C. Georg Professorship 2018 - 2021

    Education

    • Ph.D. (1990) University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    • M.S. (1980) University of Tulsa
    • B.A. (1978) Williams College

    Courses Taught

    • BSC 110: Paleobiology of Dinosaurs
    • ESS 121: Global Resources
    • ESS 128: Global Ecosystems - Costa Rica
    • ESS 129: Global Ecosystems - North America
    • ESS 205: Physical Geology
    • ESS 238: Earth-History and Inhabitants
    • BIO 237: Ecology of the Galapagos
    • ESS 320: Earth’s Surface
    • BIO/ESS 348: Environmental Research - Iceland
    • BIO/ESS 458: Global Climate Systems

    Research Interests

    Most importantly, I have passionate concern for the rapidly changing environment of our Earth. I encourage solidarity between environmental action groups and faith traditions in addressing these concerns.

    The realization that modern climate change and habitat loss are already having a significant impact on ecology drives my research with Le Moyne students investigating changes in soil and forest structure and carbon cycle dynamics in both laboratory experiments and field research in such diverse locations as Iceland and Costa Rica. My lab includes analytical equipment for studying rock and soil compositions (Bruker D2 Phaser X-ray diffractometer, Leco Truspec CN analyzer and JEOL JSM-6510LV scanning electron microscope). For studies of carbon flux we have a Li-Cor 8100 soil CO2 chamber system.

    Much of my professional work focuses on the paleogeography and paleoclimate of the Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic world. This research examines the environmental conditions (climatic, atmospheric, etc.) as dinosaurs rose to ascendancy in the Late Triassic, the record and causes of extinctions for the early Mesozoic, and the global environmental processes responsible for mass extinctions in general. Primarily, this research is conducted through field studies (sedimentology and stratigraphy) of early Mesozoic formations in the Four Corners area.

    Latest Book: The Late Triassic World: Earth in a Time of Transition, Springer International Topics in Geobiology Series 46 (2018).

    Latest Articles:
    Tanner, L.H., Lucas, S.G., 2018. Pedogenic record of climate change across the Pennsylvanian-
         Permian boundary in red-bed strata of the Cutler Group, northern New Mexico, USA.    
         Sedimentary Geology 373: 98-110.  
    Tanner, L.H., 2018. Climates of the Late Triassic: perspectives, proxies and problems. In: 
         Tanner, L.H. (ed.), The Late Triassic World: Earth in a Time of Transition. Springer, 
         Topics in Geobiology 46: 59-90.
    Lucas, S.G., Tanner, L.H., 2018. The missing mass extinction at the Triassic-Jurassic 
         boundary. In: Tanner, L.H. (ed.), The Late Triassic World: Earth in a Time of 
         Transition
    . Springer, Topics in Geobiology 46: 721-785.
    Clutson, M.J., Brown, D.E., Tanner, L.H., 2018. Distal processes and effects of multiple 
         Late Triassic terrestrial bolide impacts: Insights from the Norian Manicouagan event, 
         northeastern Quebec, Canada  Tanner, L.H. (ed.), The Late Triassic World: Earth in 
         a Time of Transition
    . Springer, Topics in Geobiology 46: 127-187.
    Lucas, S.G., Tanner, L.H., 2018. Record of the Carnian wet episode in strata of the Chinle 
         Group, western USA. Journal of the Geological Society doi.org/10.1144/jgs2017-134.
    Galli, G.K., Buchwaldt, R., Lucas, S.G., Tanner, L.H., 2018. New chemical abrasion thermal 
         ionization mass spectrometry dates from the Brushy Basin Member, Morrison Formation,
         Western Colorado: Implications for dinosaur evolution. Journal of Geology 126, DOI: 
        10.1086/699208.

    Please see my personal webpage for a complete listing of 100+ publications, some of which are available on ResearchGate.

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