John Tarduno


Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


University of Rochester

john.tarduno [at]


227 Hutchison Hall
Rochester, NY 14627
United States

Brief Biography

Professor Tarduno applies paleomagnetism broadly to understand planetary processes. His Arctic research centers on the nature of the geomagnetic field at polar latitudes, the High Arctic Large Igneous Province (HALIP) and Late Cretaceous Arctic climate. Professor Tarduno has led 10 scientific expeditions to the High Arctic. The discovery by Professor Tarduno and his students of a diverse assemblage of vertebrate fossils associated with the HALIP, including large champsosaurs and turtles, defines an interval of extreme warmth some 90 million years ago during which the Arctic lacked seasonal ice. Professor Tarduno earned a B.S. degree in geophysics from Lehigh University in 1983 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from Stanford University in 1987. He joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 1993, becoming a full professor seven years later, and served as chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences between 1998 and 2006. His teaching has been recognized by University of Rochester Goergen and Edward Peck Curtis awards. He served as editor of G-cubed and has chaired national and international review committees. Professor Tarduno is a fellow of GSA, AAAS and AGU. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2006-2007. He was awarded the Price Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2016.

Science Specialties

geology, geophysics, paleomagnetism

Current Research

Cretaceous flood basalt volcanism and climate in the Arctic.