Dustin Harper

Postdoctoral Researcher
Primary office:
Slawson Hall G172



Marina Suarez


B.S. University of California, San Diego

M.S. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz


Dustin studies paleoclimatology and paleoceanography during past warm intervals of the Cretaceous and early Cenozoic. In part, he uses geochemical proxies in terrestrial and marine sediments to better understand past coupling of climate and the carbon cycle over long (Myrs) and short (10s to 100s of kyrs) timescales.

Selected Publications

Rupert Sutherland, G. Dickens, P. Blum, C. Agnini, L. Alegret, J. Bhattacharya, A. Bordenave, L Chang, J, Collot, M. Cramwinckel, E. Dallanave, M. Drake, S. Etienne, G. Martino, M. Gurnis, D. Harper, H. Huang, A. Keller, A. Lam, H. Li, H. Matsui, C. Newsam, Y. Park, K. Pascher, S. Pekar, D. Penman, S. Satio, W. Stratford, T. Westerhold, X. Zhou, 2020. “Continental scale of geographic change across Zealandia during subduction zone initiation,” Geology.

Dustin Harper, B. Hönisch, R. Zeebe, G. Shaffer, L. Haynes, E. Thomas, J. Zachos, 2020. “The magnitude of surface ocean acidification and carbon release during Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 (ETM-2) and the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM),” Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.

Maximillian Vahlenkamp, I. Niezgodzki, D. De Vleeschouwer, T. Bickert, D. Harper, S.K. Turner, G. Lohmann, P. Sexton, J. Zachos, H. Pälike, 2018. “Astronomically paced changes in deep-water circulation in the Western North Atlantic during the Middle Eocene,” Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Dustin Harper, R. Zeebe, B. Hönisch, C.D. Schrader, L.J. Lourens, J. Zachos, 2018. “Subtropical sea surface warming and increased salinity during Eocene Thermal Maximum 2,” Geology.

Joji Uchikawa, D. Harper, D. Penman, J. Zachos, R. Zeebe, 2017. “Influence of solution chemistry on the boron content in inorganic calcite grown in artificial seawater,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 

Selected Awards & Honors

International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Post-Expedition Activity (PEA) grant ($15,000), Expedition 371, 2017.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award (faculty nominated), Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, 2016 – 2017.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award (undergraduate nominated), Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, 2015 – 2016.

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