Stanford professor wins inaugural award for nature research


Photo of Page Chamberlain in a lab
Page Chamberlain

PAGE CHAMBERLAIN, professor of environmental Earth system science, was recently awarded the inaugural Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research. Chamberlain received the prize from Germany’s Senckenberg Society at an award ceremony held in Frankfurt.

An expert in isotope geology, Chamberlain has advanced the understanding of erosion mechanisms, the carbon cycle, climate and precipitation patterns by interpreting the isotope ratios of various elements in rocks or organisms.  He and his graduate students have gathered and analyzed samples from far flung sites around the world, including in the Sierra Nevada, the European Alps, Tibet and Mongolia.

“I am deeply honored that my research in the field of Earth system dynamics is being acknowledged by the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SNR),” Chamberlain said. “This will benefit students as well as researchers in the field of paleo-climatology.”

SNR general director Volker Mosbrugger described Chamberlain as an outstanding and especially creative researcher. “Chamberlain’s innovative approach, high professional competence and consistent implementation of theoretical models mark him as an outstanding researcher and a role model for future generations of scientists,” Mosbrugger said.

KER THAN is an associate director of communications in the School of Earth Sciences. The Senckenberg Museum contributed to this article, which is posted on the school’s website