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Curt Stager

Curt Stager

Curt Stager

Curt Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist, and science journalist with a Ph.D. in biology and geology from Duke University (1985). He has published over three dozen peer- reviewed articles in major journals including Science and Quaternary Research, and has written extensively for general audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic and Adirondack Life. Since 1990, he has also researched and co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio that is syndicated internationally, and has toured widely to offer presentations on his research to audiences ranging, as one colleague put it, "from middle- schoolers to formal scholars."In this age of specialization, Stager's background in the natural sciences stands out for its depth and breadth. He has taught marine ecology in the Caribbean, North Carolina, and Maine, and taught geology, biology, and evolution in upstate New York and paleolimnology in Tanzania.

A world authority on the ecological history of Africa and its lakes, he has also investigated El Niño in Peru, human impacts on lakes in Sweden, exploding lakes in Cameroon, bat pollination of flowers on the South Pacific islands of Melanesia, and modern climate change in the northeastern U.S.

Stager brings his diverse background to bear on his books, radio programs, and presentations, blending the long-term perspective of a climate historian and multidisciplinary outlook of a biologist-geologist with the communication skills of a lifelong teacher and writer. He currently teaches at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, where he continues to investigate the long-term history of climate in Africa, South America, the polar regions, and the northeastern United States.

Stager’s new book is DEEP FUTURE: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth (St. Martin’s Press, March 2011).

In whatever spare time remains, he performs and records on banjo and guitar (YouTube). In summer, he also co-directs The Mountain Arts Gathering in Paul Smiths, NY, with his partner- in-life, Kary Johnson.