Dennis V. Kent

dvk Dennis V. Kent
Board of Governors Professor of Geological Sciences

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

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  • BSc, City College of New York
  • PhD, Columbia University
  • Docteur honoris causa, Sorbonne, Universities of Paris-IPGP

Research Interests

Paleomagnetism, geomagnetism, and rock magnetism, and their application to geologic problems. Current interests include Cenozoic and Mesozoic geomagnetic polarity time scales, paleogeography, paleoclimatology and the long-term carbon cycle, true polar wander, and early hominin dispersal.

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 U.S. 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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  • Harmand, S., J.E. Lewis, C.S. Feibel, C.J. Lepre, S. Prat, A. Lenoble, X. Boës, R. L. Quinn, M. Brenet, S. Clément, G. Daver, J.-P. Brugal, L. Leakey, R.A. Mortlock, J.D. Wright, S. Lokorodi, C. Kirwa, D.V. Kent and H. Roche, 2015, 3.3 Ma Stone Tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya: Nature, 521, 310–315.
  • Kent, D.V., B.A. Kjarsgaard, J.S. Gee, G. Muttoni and L.M. Heaman, 2015, Tracking the Late Jurassic Apparent (or True) Polar Shift in U-Pb dated Kimberlites from Cratonic North America (Superior Province of Canada): Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 16, 983–99.
  • Lepre, C.J. and D.V. Kent, 2015, Chronostratigraphy of KNM-ER 3733 and other Area 104 hominins from Koobi Fora: Journal of Human Evolution, 86, 99–111.
  • Muttoni, G., D.V. Kent, G. Scardia and R.A. Martin, 2015, Bottleneck at Jaramillo for human migration to Iberia and rest of Europe?: Journal of Human Evolution, 80, 187–190.
  • Olsen, P.E., J.C. Reid, K. Taylor, J.H. Whiteside and D.V. Kent, 2015, Revised Stratigraphy of Late Triassic Age Strata of the Dan River Basin (Virginia and North Carolina, USA) Based on Drill Core and Outcrop Data: Southeastern Geology, 51, 1-31.
  • Opdyke, N.D., D.V. Kent, D.A. Foster and K. Huang, 2015, Paleomagnetism of Miocene volcanics on Sao Tome: Paleosecular variation at the Equator and a comparison to its latitudinal dependence over the last 5 Myr: Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 16, 3870–3882.  
  • Schaller, M. F., J.D. Wright and D.V. Kent, 2015, A 30 Myr record of Late Triassic pCO2 variation supports a fundamental control of the carbon-cycle by changes in continental weathering: Geological Society of America Bulletin, 127, 661-671.
  • Wang, H., D.V. Kent and P. Rochette, 2015, Weaker axially dipolar time-averaged paleomagnetic field based on multidomain-corrected paleointensities from Galapagos lavas: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 15036–15041.
  • Zakharova, N.V., D.S. Goldberg, P. E. Olsen, D.V. Kent, S. Morgan, Q. Yang, M. Stute, and J.M. Matter, 2016, New insights into lithology and hydrogeology of the northern Newark Rift Basin: Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 17, 2070–2094. 
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