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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Robert Ross

Robert Ross is the associate director for outreach at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, New York and adjunct faculty in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.

Ross received his BA in geological sciences from Case Western Reserve University in 1984 and a PhD in Earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University in 1990. Ross served as a post-doctoral fellow in paleoclimatology at the University of Kiel in Germany from 1990-1992 and was sciences faculty at Shizuoka University in Japan from 1992-1997. Ross’s research interests focus on the origin and maintenance of biodiversity, particularly the influence of climate and sea level change in tropical, species-rich, marine environments.

Ross has overseen PRI's outreach program since 1997. PRI offers Earth science education to all ages and backgrounds, with special attention to climate change education. Ross has participated in various national initiatives to improve Earth science education, such as development of the Earth Science Literacy Principles funded by the National Science Foundation. He is co-author of The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change (2018), The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale (2013), and Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future (2010). He is also an author of numerous articles on science education, Earth history, and paleontology.

In the summer, Ross leads PRI tours to the spectacular gorges and fossil collecting localities of the Finger Lakes region.