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Professor of Biology, Environmental Studies; Director of Environmental Studies Affiliation: NYU New York
Education: BS University of Michigan (Anne Arbor); MS, PhD New York University
Research Areas: global ecology, atmospheric science
Through his interdisciplinary study of science and natural philosophy, Tyler Volk has redefined our understanding of the Earth and its systems. His study of the controversial Gaia hypothesis, which views the Earth's biosphere and physical elements as closely linked, effectively reincorporated the theory into the study of global ecology. Volk's recent book, CO2 Rising: The World's Greatest Environmental Challenge (The MIT Press, 2008), documented the journey of the carbon cycle to clearly convey its integral role in global climate change. Volk received his PhD in Atmospheric Science from New York University.