Reconstructing Earth's Climate History: Inquiry-Based Exercises for Lab and Class

Kristen St. John, R. Mark Leckie, Kate Pound, Megan Jones, Lawrence Krissek Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, xli + 485 pp., ISBN 978-1-118-23294-1 (paper), $89.95



For instructors in natural science undergraduate programs, there is a clear need to have students explore and understand the scientific evidence of past climate variability and learn what this tells us about the role of humans in shaping present-day climate. Indeed, research in the field of paleoclimatology has provided data that identifies one of the most pressing challenges facing society—global warming. Herein lay my motivation to fill an important gap in my university's undergraduate program in geography and environmental studies. To that end, about a year ago I began to develop a new fourth-year course in paleoclimatology.