Tim Patterson is 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 Dr. Helen Tappan Loeblich and late Dr. Alfred R. Loeblich. After
brief stints at the University of Southern California and University of
California at Berkeley he joined Carleton University in 1988.
He is Principal Investigator for two major
research initiatives: a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Strategic Project studying the effect of past climate change (on scales
varying from seasonal to millennia) on fish populations that are
important to the North American west coast fishing industry; and a
Canadian Foundation For Climate and Atmospheric Sciences that is
investigating climate cyclicity as recorded in the varved sediments
preserved in anoxic fjords along the coast of British Columbia. Other
areas of research interest include the use of foraminifera to identify
neotectonic and paleoceanographic phenomena on the west coast of Canada,
the further development of arcellacea as a new class of paleolimnological
indicators, and to determine whether the methods of non-linear dynamics
are applicable in the study of evolutionary phenomena.
His personal interests include fast
computers, fast vans (he is a family man after all), Liz and the boys,
fishing, deer hunting, gardening, home repair, and all things Star Trek—all
in all the perfect demographic.
In the photograph he is up close and
personal with a giant stromatolite off Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas.