Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Christopher Poulsen

Christopher J Poulsen


Professor and Chair, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Phone: (734) 615-2236
Fax: (734) 763-4690


Ph.D., Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University

B.A., Geology, Carleton College


Earth System History; paleoclimatology and paleoceanography

Personal Introduction

Professor Poulsen is both a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, College of Engineering. You can view his other department web page at

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Earth System History
  • Paleoclimatology and paleoceanography
  • Interactions within the climate system

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Southern California
  • International Paleoceanography Conference VI, Student Poster Award
  • Penn State, Muan Fellowship
  • Penn State University, First Place Geosciences Graduate Colloquium
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid
  • AAPG Grant-in-Aid
  • Shell Doctoral Fellowship
  • NASA Space Grant Fellowship
  • Penn State, First Place Geosciences Graduate Colloquium
  • U.S.G.S., N.A.G.T.-U.S.G.S. Internship
  • Carleton College, Keck Fellowship

Professional Service

  • Coordinator of NCAR Paleo-Working Group project to develop community-organized Cretaceous climate simulations.
  • Participant, NSF Workshop on Deep-Time GeoSystems, Washington D.C.
  • Co-Chair, Extreme environments of the Precambrian Earth, AGU, Montreal, Canada.
  • Co-chair of research session, “Cretaceous Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics”, Cretaceous Climate and Ocean Dynamics, Florissant, CO.
Updated: 2015-03-02