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Doug Macdougall

Doug Macdougall

After being introduced to the wonders of bird life by a high school friend, Doug Macdougall went to university determined to become an ornithologist. But a first year course in geology, peppered with fascinating tales of field work and slides from exotic locales throughout the world, changed all that. Instead of studying birds he graduated with degrees in geology from the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Canada, then enrolled in the PhD program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD). There his thesis work focussed on both lunar samples collected by the Apollo astronauts and materials from the deep ocean floor. After graduating and spending several productive years at the University of California, Berkeley, he returned to Scripps as a faculty member, and for many years taught and carried out research in geochemistry as Professor of Earth Sciences. His work in the field has taken him from the high Canadian Arctic to remote areas of India and China, and to the ocean bottom in the research submersible Alvin.     

            Macdougall has always been passionate about communicating the excitement of geoscience research to non-specialists and sharing broadly the present understanding of how Planet Earth works. To that end he has written several books for general readers that deal with subjects such as earth history, ice ages, and geological dating. Reviewers have consistently termed these books lucid, accessibly written, and entertaining. More information about Doug Macdougall and his books can be found on his website, www.dougmacdougall.com.

Doug Macdougall currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he spends most of his time writing. In summer, he can sometimes be found pursuing one of his greatest pleasures: canoeing the lakes of his native Ontario.  

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