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Alfred Fischer

Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences



Ph.D. , Columbia University, 1/1950

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Fischer researches sedimentary geology, paleontology and earth history. Specifically, he studies a seeming 32-million-year cycle for episodes of massive volcanism and a 27-million-year cycle in which the diversity of life seems to peak. He has also been involved in research into the numerous episodes of mass extinction recorded in the Earth's geological record.

Honors and Awards

National Academy Member, 1994  
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