Dennis V. Kent

dvk Dennis V. Kent
Board of Governors Distinguished 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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  • B.Sc., 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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