Tim White



Senior Research Scientist



Environmental Systems Institute


Dr. Tim White is a Senior Research Scientist in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and member of the graduate faculty in Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). He is a classically trained field sedimentary geologist with expertise in stratigraphy, paleopedology, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, and more recently, modern soils and landscape evolution. Much of his research has focused on reconstructions of past episodes of global warmth as analogs for Earth’s near term future. Tim earned a B.A. in Geology from Washington and Lee University, and the M.S. in Geology and Ph.D. in Geosciences from The Pennsylvania State University. He spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in Geoscience at the University of Iowa, before receiving a USGS Mendenhall post-doctoral position in Anchorage. Tim returned to Penn State in 2004. He is the Coordinator of the Critical Zone Observatories National Office.