Sidney Rasbury Hemming

I am a geochemist and Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. I use the records in sediments and sedimentary rocks to document aspects of Earth’s history.

Fields of Interest

geochronology, paleoclimate, paleoceanography, geochemistry of sediments and sedimentary rocks, tracer studies, tectonics and crustal evolution


  • Ph.D. Geology, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY, May, 1994 Dissertation title: Pb isotope studies of sedimentary rocks and detrital components for provenance analysis (Advisor: Scott M. McLennan, co-advisor: Gilbert N. Hanson)
  • M.S. Geology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, May, 1986 Thesis title: Depositional environment and diagenesis of Vicksburg sandstones, Tabasco field Hidalgo County, Texas (Advisor: George C. Flowers)
  • B.S. (Geology) Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, May, 1983

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 Guggenheim Fellow
  • 2021 Geological Society of America Laurence L. Sloss Award
  • 2018 Fellow of American Geophysical Union
  • 2018 Fellow of Geological Society of America
  • 2018 Cross Plains Elementary Hall of Honor
  • 2018 IODP Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2017 Comer Changelings
  • 2011 Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Teacher of the Year from the Undergraduate Student Council
  • 2010 Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Study (CIFAR)
  • 2001 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Excellence in Mentoring award
  • 1989 SUNY Stony Brook, TA of the Year
  • 1983 Geology Department, Midwestern State University, Geology Pick

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