Peter C. Lippert portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
  • Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center


  • Bachelor's of Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences/Geological Sciences, The University of Rochester. Project: Magnetostratigraphy of the Early Cretaceous Sverdrup Basin (Canadian Arctic): Implications for the Nature of Valanginian Glacial Episodes
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Earth & Planetary Sciences/Geology, The University of California, Santa Cruz. Project: Rock Magnetic and Paleomagnetic Applications to Paleogene Climate Change and Tectonics: Studies from Eastern North America and Central Tibet
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geosciences, The University of Arizona. Project: NSF Continental Dynamics: The Suturing Process (2011-2013)
  • CIFAR ESEP Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geosciences, The University of Arizona. Project: The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Earth Systems & Evolution Program: Development of New Proxies for Identification and Characterization of Paleowildfire (2013-2014)

Research Summary

Members of the Utah Paleomagnetic Center investigate geological processes & phenomena in Earth System Science from the nanoscale to the planetary scale. Our work leverages the unique information encoded in the magnetic and chemical properties of geological materials to study tectonic, paleoclimate, & paleoecological processes, and to recognize feedbacks between geodynamics, climate transitions, & surface processes. We also use mineral magnetism to study fault-rock magnetism and air pollution.