Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Kent, Dennis


  • B.S., City College of New York
  • Ph.D., 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 astrochronostratigraphic polarity time scales, paleogeography, paleoclimatology, true polar wander and the long-term carbon cycle and early hominin dispersal.

Professional memberships

European Geosciences Union. 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.

Recent Publications

Kent, D.V. and G. Muttoni, 2022. Latitudinal land–sea distributions and global surface albedo since the Cretaceous: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 585, 110718.

Kent, D.V. and L.B. Clemmensen, 2021. Northward dispersal of dinosaurs from Gondwana to Greenland at the mid-Norian (215–212 Ma, Late Triassic) dip in atmospheric pCO2. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(8), e2020778118.

Kent, D.V. and G. Muttoni, G., 2020. Pangea B and the Late Paleozoic Ice Age. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleocology, 553, 1-20.

Kent, D.V., P.E. Olsen, C. Rasmussen, C. Lepre, R. Mundil, R.B. Irmis, G.E. Gehrels, D. Giesler, J.W. Geissman and W.G. Parker, 2018, Empirical evidence for stability of the 405-kiloyear Jupiter-Venus eccentricity cycle over hundreds of millions of years: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 6153–6158. 10.1073/pnas.1800891115.

Muttoni, G., and D.V. Kent, 2019, Jurassic monster polar shift confirmed by sequential paleopoles from Adria, promontory of Africa: Journal of Geophysical Research, 124, 3288–3306.

Muttoni, G., G. Scardia, and D.V. Kent, 2018, Early hominins in Europe: The Galerian migration hypothesis: Quaternary Science Reviews, 180, 1-29.

Olsen, P.E., J. Laskar, D.V. Kent, S.T. Kinney, D.J. Reynolds, J. Sha, and J.H. Whiteside, 2019, The Geological Orrery: Mapping Chaos in the Solar System: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,116, 10664–10673. 10.1073/pnas.1813901116.

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