Dennis V. Kent

dvk Dennis V. Kent
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Geology

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Wright-Rieman Labs
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066 U.S.A.

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  • B.S., City College of New York
  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Docteur honoris cause, Sorbonne, Universities of Paris-IPGP

Research Interests

Paleomagnetism, geomagnetism, and rock magnetism, and their application to geologic problems. Current interests include Cenozoic and Mesozoic magnetostratigraphy and geomagnetic polarity time scales, paleoclimatology, paleogeography and the long-term carbon cycle, and the magnetic recording properties of sediments.

Honorary Societies

Fellow of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Member of the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Undergraduate: Earth and Life through Time
  • Graduate: Seminars in Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism, Special Topics in Earth Sciences.

Recent Publications

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  • Kent, D.V., P.S. Malnis, C. Colombi, O. Alcober and R.N. Martínez, 2014, Age constraints on the dispersal of dinosaurs in the Late Triassic from magnetochronology of the Los Colorados Formation (Argentina): Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 7958-7963.
  • Kent, D.V. and G. Muttoni, 2013, Modulation of Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic climate by variable drawdown of atmospheric pCO2 from weathering of basaltic provinces on continents drifting through the equatorial humid belt: Climate of the Past, 9, 525-546.
  • Lanci, L., B. Delmonte, D.V. Kent, V. Maggi, P.E. Biscaye and J.-R. Petite, 2012, Magnetization of polar ice: a measurement of terrestrial dust and extraterrestrial fallout: Quaternary Science Reviews, 33, 20-31.
  • Muttoni, G., G. Scardia, D.V. Kent, E. Morsiani, F. Tremolada, M. Cremaschi and C. Peretto, 2011, First dated human occupation of Italy at ~0.85 Ma during the late Early Pleistocene climate transition: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 307, 241-252.
  • Schaller, M.F., J.D. Wright, D.V. Kent and P.E. Olsen, 2012, Rapid emplacement of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province as a net sink for CO2: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 323-324, 27–39.
  • Wang, H. and D.V. Kent, 2013, A paleointensity technique for multidomain igneous rocks: Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 14, 4195-4213.
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