Professor Stephan Graham, MS ’74, PhD ’76, joined the Stanford faculty in 1980 and was appointed dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences in 2017. He concurrently served as Transition Vice Dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability during the formation of the new school in 2022. In addition to teaching several earth sciences courses, he conducts field research with his graduate students around the globe. His research interests include sedimentary geology, tectonics, ancient climates, and energy resources. Prof. Graham traveled to Iceland in 2021 to observe the eruption of Fagradalsfjall Volcano. About this trip, he says, “Iceland is perhaps the best place in the world to understand and visualize plate tectonics, in other words, how our planet works. Its glaciers also tell a story of past, present and future climate change. The fire-and-ice landscape is nothing short of spectacular!” Among the topics Steve will discuss during our travels are how plate tectonics and volcanoes work and why Iceland is an island in the middle of the ocean; the glaciers of Iceland and Greenland and climate change, past, present and future; and how Iceland draws energy from the Earth while removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
Chester Naramore Dean of Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Welton Joseph and Maud L’Anphere Crook Professor, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Professor of Geological Sciences since 1980 and, by courtesy, of Geophysics since 1989 and of Energy Resources Engineering since 1993
Co-director, Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems, 1992–2022, and Basin Processes and Subsurface Modeling Industrial Affiliates Program, 2007–present
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Earth Sciences, 1999–2007 and 2009–2016; acting dean, 2000
Dean’s Discretionary Award for Distinguished Service, 2016
Pettijohn Medal, Society for Sedimentary Geology, 2017
Robert Mitchum Award, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, 2016
Richard Owen Distinguished Alumni Award, Indiana University, 2014
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