Stanford University
Page Chamberlain standing in a research lab

Inaugural nature research award to Chamberlain

BY Ker Than
ClockDecember 12, 2014

Page Chamberlain was recently awarded the inaugural Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research. A professor of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford, Chamberlain received the prize from Germany’s Senckenberg Society at an award ceremony held in Frankfurt.

An expert in isotope geology, Chamberlain has advanced the understanding of erosion mechanisms, the carbon cycle, climate and precipitation patterns by interpreting the isotope ratios of various elements in rocks or organisms.  He and his graduate students have gathered and analyzed samples from far flung sites around the world, including in the Sierra Nevada, the European Alps, Tibet, and Mongolia.

“I am deeply honored that my research in the field of Earth system dynamics is being acknowledged by the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SNR),” Chamberlain said. “This will benefit students as well as researchers in the field of paleo-climatology.”

SNR general director Volker Mosbrugger described Chamberlain as an outstanding and especially creative researcher. “Chamberlain’s innovative approach, high professional competence and consistent implementation of theoretical models mark him as an outstanding researcher and a role model for future generations of scientists,” Mosbrugger said.

The Senckenberg Museum contributed to this article.

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