Current Role at Stanford


Deputy Director, Earth Systems Program

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Earth Systems Program

Honors & Awards


  • Excellence in Teaching, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (2017)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, University of California San Diego (2001, 2002)
  • Chevron Fellow, Stanford University (1991)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Stanford University (1989-1992)
  • Pond Prize for best undergraduate thesis in Geology, Amherst College (1987)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Long-Range Planning Committee, Education Area Steering Group, Stanford University (2017 - Present)
  • Evaluation Committee, Notation in Science Communication, Program for Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University (2016 - Present)
  • Writing and Rhetoric Requirement Governance Board, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Teaching Task Force, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (2015 - 2016)

Professional Education


  • B.A., Amherst College, Geology (1987)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Geological and Environmental Sciences (1995)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


I study drivers of past climate change on millennial to million-year timescales using natural archives that preserve records of climate-related information. My most recent work has focused on the impacts of prehistoric human activities on the Earth's carbon cycle and the impacts of these activities on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Neotropical human-landscape interactions, fire, and atmospheric CO2 during European conquest HOLOCENE Nevle, R. J., Bird, D. K., Ruddiman, W. F., Dull, R. A. 2011; 21 (5): 853-864
  • The Columbian Encounter and the Little Ice Age: Abrupt Land Use Change, Fire, and Greenhouse Forcing ANNALS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHERS Dull, R. A., Nevle, R. J., Woods, W. I., Bird, D. K., Avnery, S., Denevan, W. M. 2010; 100 (4): 755-771
  • Effects of syn-pandemic fire reduction and reforestation in the tropical Americas on atmospheric CO2 during European conquest PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY Nevle, R. J., Bird, D. K. 2008; 264 (1-2): 25-38
  • Imprint of meteoric water on the stable isotope compositions of igneous and secondary minerals, Kap Edvard Holm Complex, East Greenland Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology Brandriss, M. E., Nevle, R. J., Bird, D. K., O'Neil, J. R. 1995; 121 (1): 74-86
  • A gold-bearing horizon in the Kap Edvard Holm Complex, East Greenland Economic Geology, Bird, D. K., Arnason, J. G., Brandriss, M. E., Nevle, R. J., Radford, G., Bernstein, S., Guanacos, R. A., Keleman, P. B. 1995; 90: 1288-1300
  • TERTIARY PLUTONS MONITOR CLIMATE-CHANGE IN EAST GREENLAND GEOLOGY NEVLE, R. J., Brandriss, M. E., Bird, D. K., McWilliams, M. O., ONEIL, J. R. 1994; 22 (9): 775-778