Professor Peter Clift

Professor Peter Clift is the Charles T. McCord Jr. Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University. Professor Clift took his bachelor's degree at the University of Oxford. He completed his Ph.D. on the geology of southern Greece in 1990 at University of Edinburgh. In 2014 he was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Oxford.
He is also Research Affiliate at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Hongguo Fellowship Professor at the Nanjing Normal University, People’s Republic of China; and Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China.
Professor Clift is the Editor-in-Chief of the Geological Magazine, established in 1864, one of the oldest and best-known periodicals in the Earth Sciences. Its worldwide circulation, broad scope and high production values keep the journal at the forefront of the field. Professor Clift’s publications in peer-reviewed international journals, conference papers and books has attracted 9029 (Google scholar) citations, with a h-index 53).
Within the Solid Earth and Surface Processes Group, Professor Clift focuses his research on climate and tectonic issues especially within the Asian marginal seas. He has a particular interest in the Arabian and the South China Seas and takes a holistic approach to the development of the stratigraphic record by following sedimentary particles from source to sink in order to understand how they can be used to reconstruct evolving climate and tectonics. Equally comfortable at sea working with geophysics and coring equipment and in the mountains swinging a hammer, he has worked on a variety of timescales from the onset of the India-Asia collision to the impact of Holocene climate changes on Asian landscapes. Most recently he has been working on the impact of human settlement on Asian rivers and deltas, and how the evolving monsoon has affected the development of civilizations in Asia. Reconstruction of Asian monsoon intensity over millennial and million year time scales is an important objective in order to understand its influence on orogenic erosion. He is further interested in the role that erosion plays in controlling the thickness and volume of the continental crust globally and how excess crustal material is returned to the upper mantle via fluvial transport and mass recycling in subduction zones. Most recently, he has developed interests in understanding environmental change drive by climate change in Asia since the Last Glacial Maximum and the potential impacts on early human societies.