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									                                           BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
                                           STEPHEN F. PEKAR
Address: Queens College                                         Phone: 718-997-3305
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences                      E-mail:
65-30 Kissena Blvd.                                             Website:
Flushing, NY 11367                                              Marital Status: Married

Professional Preparation
Queens College, Flushing, New York                                       Education       B.A.,   1986
Queens College and Hunter College                                        Undergraduate           1991-1993
                                                                         geology courses
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ           Geology         M.S.    1995
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ           Geology         Ph.D.   1999
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia U.Palisades, NY             Post Doctoral           2000-2003
                                                                         Research Scientist
9/03-present Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Queens College, Flushing,
9/03-present Adjunct Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University,
             Palisades, NY
5/03-1/06    Shore Based Scientist, ODP Leg 207: Demerara Rise: Equatorial Cretaceous and Paleogene
             Paleoceanographic Transect, Western Atlantic
5/00- 9/03   Post Doctoral Research Scientist, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
3/00- 5/00   Sedimentologist: Shipboard Scientist, ODP Leg 189: The Tasmanian Seaway between Australia
             and Antarctica
6/99-3/00    Post Doctoral Research Scientist, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick,
             NJ, Staff scientist for ODP Leg 174AX Site at Ocean View
4/99-6/99    Petroleum Consultant, Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc., “Miocene Benthic Foraminiferal
             Biofacies and Sequences from Offshore Cabinda, Angola”
1/98-3/98    Petroleum Consultant, Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc., “Developing an Integrated
             Sequence/Seismic Stratigraphic Framework For the West African Tertiary, Using Benthic
             Foraminiferal Biofacies and Sr-isotopic Chemostratigraphy”
1/97-6/97    Research Assistant, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
9/96-3/97    Petroleum Consultant, Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc., Sr-Isotopic Chemo-stratigraphy:
             Development of a High Resolution Chronostratigraphic Tool for the Pinda Formation”
9/93-5/99    Teaching Assistant, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Pekar, S.F., Christie-Blick, N., 2007, Resolving apparent conflicts between oceanographic and Antarctic
        climate records and evidence for a decrease in pCO2 during the Oligocene through early Miocene (34-16
        Ma): Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, accepted.
Christie-Blick, N., Pekar, S.F., Madof, A.S., 2007, Is there a role for sequence stratigraphy in
        chronostratigraphy?: Stratigraphy, in press.
Pekar, S.F., DeConto, R.M., Harwood, D.M., 2006, Resolving a late Oligocene conundrum: deep-sea warming
        versus Antarctic glaciation: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 231, p. 29-40.
Pekar, S. F., Hucks, A., Fuller, M., and Li, S., 2005, Glacioeustatic changes in the early and middle Eocene
        (51-42 Ma) greenhouse world based on shallow-water stratigraphy from ODP Leg 189 Site 1171 and
        oxygen isotope records: Geological Society of America Bulletin, 117:1081-1093.
Pekar, S. F., Christie-Blick, N., Miller, K. G., and Kominz, M. A., 2003, Evaluating factors controlling
        stratigraphic architecture at passive continental margins: Oligocene sedimentation in New Jersey:
        Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73:227-245. (awarded best paper in JSR in 2003)
Pekar, S. F., Christie-Blick, N., Kominz, M. A., and Miller, K. G., 2002, Calibrating eustasy to oxygen isotopes
        for the early icehouse world of the Oligocene: Geology, 30:903-906.
Pekar, S.F., Christie-Blick, N., Kominz, M.A., and Miller, K.G., 2001, Evaluating the stratigraphic response to
   eustasy from Oligocene strata in New Jersey: Geology, 29:55-58.
Kominz, M.A., and Pekar, S.F., 2001, Oligocene eustasy from two-dimensional sequence stratigraphic
   backstripping: Geological Society of America Bulletin, 113: 291-304.
Pekar, S.F. and Kominz, M.A., 2001, Two-dimensional paleoslope modeling: a new method for estimating
   water depths for benthic foraminiferal biofacies and paleo shelf margins: Journal of Sedimentary Research,
Pekar, S. F. and Miller, K. G., 1996, New Jersey Oligocene "Icehouse" sequences (ODP 150X) correlated with
       global d18O and Exxon eustatic records: Geology, 24:567-570.
Winner of The Feliks Gross Endowment Award for Outstanding Research by Junior Faculty Members in
   CUNY, May, 2006.
Winner of the Outstanding Journal Paper in the Journal of Sedimentary Research for 2003, presented at
   SEPM President's Reception and Awards Ceremony held at the AAPG meeting, Calgary Alberta,
   June, 2005 (Pekar et al., 2003, see above)
Synergistic Activities
WPIX-TV Channel 11, “News Close Up” by Marvin Scott (March 4, 2007)
    One of two experts interviewed for this 30-minute segment.
“STUDY FROM THE BEST” CUNY TV (shown in March, 2007)
    TV segment on S. Pekar’s research in Antarctica on “Study from the Best”, broadcasted on 3/07.
U.S. Steering Committee of ANDRILL (ANtarctic DRILLing Program) (3/04-present)
Antarctic Science Committee of ANDRILL (ANtarctic DRILLing Program) (8/06-present)
U.S. ANDRILL Workshop (4/05)- was part of the team that organized the workshop
Site Survey Committee for Southern McMurdo Sound Drilling project (ANDRILL) (9/03- present)
Educational outreach for students from inner city elementary public schools (4/05-present)
Assistant Director for the LDEO Summer Internship Program (5/03-present)
Recent Collaborators
Robert DeConto (U. of Mass.), David Harwood (U. of NE), Richard Levy (U. of NE), D. Abbott (LDEO),
James Browning (Rutgers University), Lloyd Burckle (LDEO), Nicholas Christie-Blick (LDEO), Richard
Fairbanks (LDEO), Kate Gregory (LDEO), Michelle Kominz (W. Michigan U.), Jean Lynch-Steiglitz (LDEO),
Cecilia McHugh (Queens College), Kenneth Miller (Rutgers University), Gregory Mountain (Rutgers
University), Richard Olsson (Rutgers University), Dorothy Peteet (LDEO), Michael Steckler (LDEO), Peter
Sugarman (NJ Geological Survey), James Wright (Rutgers U.)
Postdoctoral Mentor: N. Christie-Blick (LDEO)
Graduate Advisor: K.G. Miller (Rutgers University)
Graduate Committee: G. Ashley, M.A. Kominz, R.K. Olsson, G. Mountain, J. Wright (Rutgers U.)
Graduate Student advisee: H. Koss (Queens College, 1/07-present), Romano, M. (Queens C., 9/04-present),
Klein, E. (Queens C., 9/04-present)
Undergraduate advisee: Tait-Finch, M. (Queens College, 2006), Vasquez, V. (Queens college, 2006),
Barabara Papantoniou (Queens College, 2005), Sean Smith (Queens College, 2004), Nick Jennings (Columbia
University, 2004), Kathleen Livelli (George Washington U., 2004), Lauren Neitzke (Rutgers U., 2003), Shawna
Li (Columbia U., 2002), Miriam Jones (Barnard College, 2001), Audrey Hucks (Rice University, 2001)
Recent Selected Expeditions and Cruises
Southern McMurdo Sound (SMS) seismic and gravity survey (10-12/05) part of a team that obtained seismic
    data for the SMS drilling season for the ANDRILL program
Determining the magnitude of a mega-tsunami event ~1500 AD (2/04) Co-Pi and Co-team leader heading
    an expedition of eight scientists and journalist to Stewart Island.
Coring expedition on the Hudson River (R.V. Robert Hayes) (9/02) Co-Pi and Co-team leader for 2 day
    cruise to obtain vibracores from sites east of Alpine NJ to Storm King Mountain, NY
Scientific expedition in the New York Bight on R.V. Endeavor (En370) (5/02-6/02) Co-PI on ~4 week
    cruise to collect seismic, chirp data and vibracores for the area south of New York City.
Onboard scientist on ODP Leg 189 in the Tasman Sea (3/00-5/00) Participated as sedimentologist on oceanic
    cruise on the JOIDES Resolution.
Staff scientist for ODP Leg 174AX, Ocean View, NJ (8/99-9/99)

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